Dr. Brett Duersch recieved his BS in Chemisty and MS in Physical Chemistry from Brigham Young University. During his time at BYU he performed research on fundamental mechanisms impacting ion flow in Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers with Dr. Paul Farsnworth. His Ph.D. work at The University of Michigan in Analytical Chemistry, with Dr. Larry Beck, explored systhesis and catalysis in novel wide pore zeolites using solid state NMR. A portion of his thesis also explored teaching and learning in undergraduate chemistry classroom. Since joining Merck as an analtyical chemist, Dr. Duersch has been active in Merck’s Quality by Design efforts. He has also been active in the development of approaches to control strategy development and more recently in Quality Risk Management as it applies to small molecule development and commercial manufacturing.