Dr. Tackett earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry under the direction of Professor Paul Shepson at Purdue University. His research involved the investigation of tropospheric halogen chemistry and its role in ozone depletion events in the Arctic atmosphere, and included the design and implementation of an on-site flowing chemical reaction chamber interfaced with gas chromatography coupled with electron capture detection. Since joining FLIR, Dr. Tackett acted as science technical lead for multiple projects before transitioning into product management. Dr. Tackett currently oversees the Griffin line of mass spectrometers for outside-the-lab applications. He is also a volunteer HAZMAT responder in his local community.