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Ron Stites
Brighton, CO, USA
Analytical Chemist, Research Director and Inventor
Interests: Design of Experiments, Analytical Chemistry, Technology Development and Management, Catalysis, Radiochemistry, Philosophy of Knowing, Photography
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Dragon Shale has been carefully developing its partners, plans and investors. In yet another step forward, we are today announcing that we have become a Sustaining Member of the National Oil Shale Association (NOSA). Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Technology Development
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We live in strange times, but hardly anything is stranger than me being called “Professor Stites.” Nevertheless, it happened. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Technology Development
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We often fail to evaluate new data correctly, especially when it appears to be contrary to or disconnected from our original hypotheses. Evidence-Based Decision-Making is a discipline that can help us deal with new information effectively. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Technology Development
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All technical service businesses must create sales...In many ways Laboratories are no different from General Consulting, Engineering, Design and similar firms. Though the details may differ, the processes must be planned, coordinated and well executed..... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Technology Development
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I recently attended a lecture at Colorado Christian University. Dr. Francis Beckwith, the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado was giving a lecture on “The Future of Conservativism.” Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Technology Development
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I recently gave a lecture at the Brighton Business Builders...I chose the topic is there “A War on Small Business?”.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Technology Development
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In a recent email notification to his constituents Representative Mike Coffman blasted the VA for cost overruns and delays on the Aurora Colorado Veterans Hospital Project. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Technology Development
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What is needed is LESS inspection and MORE investment into the whole system of delivering data reliably...The ability to consistently deliver the appropriate data, including supporting documentation (e.g. Blanks, CCV’s, Calibration Curves, etc.) is the measure of the reliability of the whole quality system.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Technology Development
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Ron Stites will be speaking at the DOE Analytical Services Program Workshop in Cincinnati, OH... He will be dealing with the almost inevitable question asked of every laboratory, “Is this Anything?” .... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Technology Development
In a recent report the EPA Inspector General concluded that “continued EPA funding for environmental education without program and performance management controls creates high risk for waste and abuse of public funds.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Technology Development
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Stites & Associates, LLC, has developed a GC/MS method for characterizing retorted oil from oil shale. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Technology Development
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Stites & Associates, LLC, and Ettanet, Ltd., are pleased to announce the formation and launch of a new venture, Dragon Shale, LLC. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Technology Development
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After several months of testing various prototypes, Wine-Tek, LLC, has finalized its form factor and finish for its initial launch of its patent pending Wine Aging Device. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Technology Development
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On May 26 the Team was named one of three groups to be awarded a $25,000 prize/contract from the State of Colorado. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Technology Development
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The job of the Research Manager is to reduce risk and push down the level of discounting needed to justify the funding of projects...How?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Technology Development
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Today we begin a series on financial management tools for the Research Manager. As we have said in the past, most research, like any other business endeavor, ought to be focused on acceptable financial return. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Technology Development
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There is some good news to report on Abengoa, SA...The “go-go” days may be over, but there is not yet a general panic. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Technology Development
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I was honored to be part of a group of computer coders, oil and gas professionals, engineers and entrepreneurs that competed in “Go Code Colorado” in Fort Collins April 1-3, 2016... the Energy Tech Team was selected to move on to the next level of competition. We are now in the top 10 with 3 chances to win... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Technology Development
Not long ago a good friend of mine looked at my website and said, “Ron, you need a byline...a catchy phrase that describes what you do"...I think it boils down to: Turning Data into Knowledge Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Technology Development
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Back in the “old days” investors and bankers used to ask, “Do you have a Business Pan?” They actually expected to see a detailed written plan with charts, graphs and projections. Honestly, I haven’t see a plan like that in the last 15 years.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Technology Development
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I would like to propose five basic concepts that I think can serve as the basis for technology ethics....We might call them the Five Rings of Technology Ethics.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Technology Development
We often need to know how randomness in several variables interact to create randomness in a derived result,,,Sometimes the most practical approach is to resort to a Monte Carlo Simulation to estimate the “propagated error.”.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Technology Development
Update on Abengoa...Jury still out on financial woes of alternative fuels giant...It is hard to say how all these actions surrounding Abengoa will affect other alternative fuel plays. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Technology Development
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Stites & Associates, LLC (SALLC) is launching a consulting program for companies in need. This program is designed to help businesses (especially small businesses) adapt to today’s severe economic challenges. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Technology Development
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This is the last in a series of five articles describing the challenge of managing laboratories effectively. Today we focus on how all this gets pulled together. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Technology Development