Desmond A Kaplan

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Desmond A Kaplan

  • ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.6045
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: ATA AEROSPACE
  • Brief Bio

    Desmond Kaplan is native of Columbia, MD now living in Tekwsbury, MA. For the last 3 years he has been working with the talented team at Goddard Spece Flight Centers 699 PEL group developing instruments which are designed to study chemistry on other planets. Since a young boy, he has always been interested in space starting first when he attended space camp at Barry Day Camp and visited Goddard Space Flight Center at age 8. He is fascinated at the complexity of instrumentation and enjoys bringing that complexity down to a set of calibratable parameters. He likes teasing out trends from complex series of data and enjoys a good challenge. He started working with ion traps in 1999 at the Center for Veternary Medicine in Luarel, MD as an intern. Since then he has been hooked at what the instruments can do to solve analytical problems. They are some of the most complex instruments yet at the same time are extremely predicatble and controlable. He looks forward to all of the project in front of the team and can't wait to dive in to the details.

    Current Projects

    MOMA

    Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry Expert supporting the Exo Mars Organic Molecular Analyzer (MOMA). 

    During my time on the project in addition to supporting flight activities, I helped to develop the isolation and MSMS troutines that are criticial for determining structure and the organic nature of molecules that may be found on Mars.

    Positions/Employment

    4/2006 - 5/2011

    Research Scientist

    Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA

    Research Scientist responsible for design and development of projects which would lead to product innovations and advents for mass spectrometry.

    Projects:
    Electron Transfer Dissociation on FTMS and OTOF
    Improvements in isolation waveforms and speed of QITMS and FTMS
    Improvements in quadropole performance on QTOF and FTMS
    Trapped Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry

    In addition to instrumentation around quadrupole, ion traps, collision cells, ion funnels, RF ion gues. I wrote and published several pieces of software in LabVIEW that were used in research both inside the company and academic colaborators.

     

    Education

    B.S. Towson University : Major Chemistry, May 2001.

    Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Advisor - Gary Glish
    Thesis: Advancements to analytical performance of ion trap mass spectrometry, April, 2006

    Brief Bio

    Desmond Kaplan is native of Columbia, MD now living in Tekwsbury, MA. For the last 3 years he has been working with the talented team at Goddard Spece Flight Centers 699 PEL group developing instruments which are designed to study chemistry on other planets. Since a young boy, he has always been interested in space starting first when he attended space camp at Barry Day Camp and visited Goddard Space Flight Center at age 8. He is fascinated at the complexity of instrumentation and enjoys bringing that complexity down to a set of calibratable parameters. He likes teasing out trends from complex series of data and enjoys a good challenge. He started working with ion traps in 1999 at the Center for Veternary Medicine in Luarel, MD as an intern. Since then he has been hooked at what the instruments can do to solve analytical problems. They are some of the most complex instruments yet at the same time are extremely predicatble and controlable. He looks forward to all of the project in front of the team and can't wait to dive in to the details.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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