2017 Symposium Committee


Raj K. Bhandari

Hello, my name is rajRaj K. Bhandari and this will be my first year with the MCF Symposium Committee Originally from Nepal, I came to the US in 2004.  I received my BS (Chemistry) from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN and Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical) from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (August 2013).  I am currently working as a Research Scientist at Alumend LLC, Sioux Falls, SD.  Alumend has created a light-activated, chemical technology that has been developed into a clinical therapy to repair blood vessels in people who suffer peripheral arterial disease (PAD).  My primary job responsibilities include developing new test methods, identifying and implementing new technologies, methodology and instrumentation that support the company research and development.  I have been married for almost 4 years and my interest includes watching Minnesota Vikings Football and traveling to different parts of the world.



Kurt Vogler

Hello, I’m Kurt Vkurtogler and I am starting my sixth year as a member of the MCF Symposium Committee.  I also work for Shimadzu as the sales rep covering Minnesota and the Dakotas.  Born and raised in the Chicago area I received a bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1997.  I cut my teeth on HPLC and GC while working for Monsanto before being hired by Shimadzu where I have been for over ten years now.  I also have been part owner of a pizzeria and a winery along the way.  Currently I live in the great city of Golden Valley with my new wife Ana, son Vlad, and dogs, Little Jerry Seinfeld and Lily.  I like to travel to exotic locations like Korea, Japan, England, France, Ireland, and…Oxford, Mississippi where I saw Ole Miss beat BAMA two years ago!  College Gameday was there and I got my picture with the Washington State University flag (upper left corner, you have watch Gameday to understand).  Obviously I love football and Seinfeld but also great food and beer.  Bar La Grassa and Surly Furious are my local favorites.  Other interests are the Green Bay Packers (greatest franchise in sport despite what Raj Bhandari thinks), Crossfit, movies, and non-fiction.  Cheers!



Kris Murphykris

The name is Kris Murphy.  I’m a Field Service Engineer for Agilent Technologies and I’ve been part of the MCF Symposium Committee for the last three years.  I’m also a gun nut from North Dakota.  Though my name begins with “K”, I am in fact a dude – I’ll prove it to you.  I’m also exceptionally tall (6’8”) and excel at all things nerd including D&D and PC gaming.  I also have a tattoo of Nonane on my back.  When I’m not at Valspar fixing Rachel Loeber’s Q-TOF, I can be found chasing a toddler and an infant around my house while my wife is off playing with gorillas at Como Zoo.