Q&A with Lars Reimann, one of two recipients of the 2020 AOCS Fellow Award
A brief biography: Dr. Lars Reimann, of Eurofins Scientific Inc, USA, has an educational background in biochemistry and analytical chemistry. He has worked in the food, feed and agricultural related areas for over 20 years.
1) What was your reaction when you learned you were named an AOCS Fellow?
I was very surprised and honored, considering the past recipients of the award.
2) How did you get started in the field that you are studying or working in?
I received my degree in biochemistry (thesis focusing on enzymology), spent three years in enzymology research and then went into commercial lab business focusing on food, agriculture and environment related issues. I got involved with AOCS around 1980 due to its strong presence in the agricultural commodities area.
3) Can you tell us more about your work and/or research?
My work is generally not research focused but more along the line of troubleshooting analytical issues and assessing the suitability for purpose of methods used for the generation of data.
4) What challenges have you overcome during your course of study or your career?
I have been blessed with a pretty easy career path. Being somewhat of an introvert people management, public speaking etc. have been among my challenges.
5) What advice can you share on how you have achieved success thus far in your career, whether that be entering a graduate program or a lengthy career in a prestigious position?
What I think has been contributing most to further my career has been the fact that to me my work is also my hobby – I enjoy trying to understand how things are connected and read and attend activities that are outside of my area. I especially enjoy asking the question “why?”, to understand the commercial drivers behind the need for technical information as well as the inherent assumptions behind the data provided.
6) How has AOCS helped you in your career?
Through networking with other AOCS colleagues I have been able to get a better understanding of the industry drivers as well as the strengths and weaknesses of analytical methods. (using AOCS connections as the wet stone on which to sharpen my mind).
7) What are some fond memories or experiences you have had from working with AOCS?
I truly enjoyed working with Gina Clapper and Richard Cantrill. I am especially fond of the interactions the INFORM technical writing staff in the early days of the MCPD crisis debating how best to handle. I have never before or after encountered the same high level of transparency and focus on the ”common good”.
Check out the AOCS Awards video featuring him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Q0n-hqJDI