Mr. vanGemeren earned a B. A. in Geology from the University of Vermont in 1980. He worked in the mining and petroleum industries and as a technician for the Department of Geological Sciences at Harvard University. While there he recognized the need for high quality sample preparation for a variety of analytical techniques. With strong mechanical and machine shop skills and a love of rocks and minerals, he advanced the quality standard of polished thin sections. He developed modern methods to make the process more efficient. In 1985 he founded Mineral Optics Laboratory to provide scientists with the highest quality polished thin sections available. He is a dedicated craftsman, and values his clients' business and prides himself on getting quality results.