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Micro Photonics Welcomes Brandon Klingensmith to the Team

My name is Brandon Klingensmith and I am a native Yinzer from Pittsburgh. I am excited to join Micro Photonics because as a former SkyScan 1272 user at FTS International, I understood the importance of having a knowledgeable, dedicated service team behind me to support my research.

I earned my Bachelors of Science in Geology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, having studied Cambrian trilobites as an undergrad, and my Masters of Science from Ohio University, researching Ordovician brachiopods.
I worked as an engineer and geologist in the oil and gas exploration industry at FTS International, based in Houston, Texas, where I “kicked off” some of the first wells in the Marcellus, Utica, and Bakken formations. One of my key accomplishments at FTSI was creating a Geology and Geomechanics department within our corporate R&D laboratories, primarily focusing on rock core, proppant, and fluid systems. It was here that I was introduced to imaging techniques such as X-ray Computed Tomography and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Since then, I have presented the utility of Micro-CT and SEM imaging for oil and gas exploration and its importance for assessing far-field fracture connectivity.

I look forward to working with customers that are on the verge of new discoveries and making sure that our micro-CT systems contribute to those discoveries. Our customers can always expect my full interest in making sure that their scanner is generating useful results, especially since I know what it is like to have research goals and deadlines. Be sure to contact me for assistance with system service and geological applications, especially in paleontology and petrology.
Outside of work, I enjoy outdoor activities — mountain biking, climbing, and skiing. I am also on an endless summer search for the perfect wave. And, like all geologists, I love rocks.

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