At Droplet, we aim to be the most innovative and user-friendly partner in Atmospheric Science by delivering instruments and services that enable researchers to focus on answering their crucial questions about the environment around us. Our team members have a bias toward action to pursue aggressive goals and meet our customer's needs.
DR. JEFF THROCKMORTON
Jeff joined Droplet Measurement Technologies as President and CEO in 2017. But his enthusiasm for technology and strength for leadership go much farther back. Before coming to Droplet, Jeff served in executive roles and on the Board of Directors at Avo Photonics, Inc. and Ocean Optics, Inc. (both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Halma plc). Prior to Halma, Jeff held several senior leadership positions focused on commercializing new technologies and developing new business models at Hach-Lange (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation). Working as President of Hach Homeland Security Technologies at one point, Jeff was responsible for some of the platforms’ most challenging work, including that for water/air security, distribution monitoring, advanced technologies, and engineering services.
Jeff received his Ph.D. with a focus in chemical and biochemical engineering at the University of South Florida. He also has a master’s degree in chemical engineering (with a focus in process controls), and he received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech.
Justin joined Droplet Measurement Technologies as Vice President of Business Development for Atmospheric Lidar as part of the Micro Pulse Lidar acquisition. Justin is an experienced technology professional who has held successful commercial positions in the life science and environmental industries. He has had the honour to collaborate with talented scientists working to improve people’s lives and he is passionate about making sure they have the highest quality scientific instruments needed to further their work. Justin received an MBA from Manchester Business School (United Kingdom). He also holds a master's degree in Polymer materials science and engineering from the University of Manchester, and a bachelors in colour and polymer chemistry from the University of Leeds.
Kristie’s focus at Droplet is keeping the researchers and partners we work with and serve at the center of everything we do. She joined the Droplet team nearly a decade ago and is one of the primary contacts for our customers for support, service, customer events, sponsorships, and other inquiries. Kristie holds a bachelor’s degree from California State San Bernardino in marketing and has an extensive background in marketing, advertising, and sales.
DR. DARREL BAUMGARDNER
Darrel founded Droplet Measurement Technologies in 1987, and he continues working at Droplet today as Chief Scientist and member of the Board of Directors. He spent 20 years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the United States and 14 years as a senior scientist at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, the largest university in Latin America. He is an internationally recognized expert on measurements of aerosol and cloud particles and has developed a number of new techniques for measuring their properties. Darrel obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming.
DR. DAGEN D. HUGHES
Dagen joined Droplet Measurement Technologies as an Application Scientist in 2021. At Droplet, Dagen’s focus is on the client and ensuring their success by providing training, data analysis, and application support on new and existing instrumentation. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hendrix College, Dagen obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa where his work aimed to characterize atmospheric particles throughout the Midwestern United States and identify the major factors influencing their abundance.