Development & Training Director
Dan is a mechanical engineer who has been around mass spectrometer based leak testing since the late 1980s. After 12 years of involvement in an entrepreneurial air conditioning R&D venture in Atlanta, Dan moved to Oak Ridge and joined VTI in August of 1995. Like George Solomon (VTI’s co-founder), Dan is a native of Western Pennsylvania. (In fact, Dan and George were high school classmates!) Dan studied at Georgia Tech where he earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
At VTI his responsibilities are primarily in the area of leak test systems where he works with customers from concept through proposal, design, build, installation, training, and support. His experience has been a key to VTI’s emergence as a leading supplier of mass spectrometer based leak testing equipment to the air conditioning industry. Finding cost effective solutions to the “custom” challenges that customers bring to VTI is what motivates Dan and the engineering staff at VTI. Experience and insight come together in the form of innovations that keep VTI at the forefront of the industry.
In 1998, Dan was recognized by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and certified as NDT Level III in the field of leak testing. As a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Dan has published and presented a number of technical papers and participated in panel discussions at ASHRAE meetings focused on the state of the art in leak detection equipment and processes. He serves on ASHRAE’s Refrigerant Containment Technical Committee (TC 3.8) and has been involved in ASHRAE efforts to develop and maintain Standards related to leak detection (ASHRAE Standard 147, Standard 173, and Standard 196).