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Speaker Bios | Thermal Imaging Conference

Speaker Bios

Dr. Robert Madding, PhD
President of RPM Energy Associates, LLC


 Robert “Dr. Bob” Madding has been a practicing infrared thermographer since 1972 and is considered a pioneer within the infrared industry. In 1978, he started the first infrared thermography seminar at the University of Wisconsin extension and in addition he co-founded the Thermosense Conference in 1978. He has over 35 years experience in infrared thermography applications and training, has published numerous technical papers and has contributed many technical chapters in text books on infrared thermography. Director of Training for the Infrared Training Center (ITC), Dr. Madding was a senior instructor and developed training course materials for many of the ITC course offerings. In 2000, he founded the InfraMation Conference. He is currently the President of RPM Energy Associates, LLC and maintains the highest level certification available with the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) for thermography testing.


Colin L. Genge
President and CEO of Retrotec Energy Innovations Ltd.


 Colin Genge is the CEO and owner of Retrotec Inc, a Washington State based company that has been designing, selling and training users of blower door-fans, precision pressure gauges and analytical software since 1980. Colin has made major contributions to door-fan energy standards such as US Army Core of Engineers (USACE), Canada’s CGSB 149 as well as fire suppression standards such as NFPA 2001 and ISO14520 for the containment of clean agent fire suppressants in protected rooms and buildings. While developing fire testing procedures that are currently used in over 60 countries, innovative testing methods and hardware had to be developed.

Retrotec high power calibrated fans are now the most commonly used exterior building enclosure leakage measurement equipment in the UK which is the only country in the world that currently mandates the testing of all commercial buildings. Retrotec house and duct testing systems are considered to be the most advanced and diversified equipment available. Colin Genge has done considerable research on testing methods for high rise buildings. He has also personally consulted and tested 100’s of the World’s most exotic high value facilities, including the Space Shuttle launch pad, numerous military installations and the world’s most sophisticated computer rooms. He has consulted for many major international corporations and Government entities. He has trained and supported 1000’s of testers worldwide giving him the widest possible practical experience on how rooms and buildings fail containment guidelines. He has asked to consult with numerous agencies worldwide on the development of protocols for testing buildings for air-leakage to solve energy containment, air quality and building integrity issues.



Greg Stockton, Level III Thermographer
President of United Infrared, Inc., Stockton Infrared, & RecoverIR


Greg Stockton is a Level III certified infrared thermographer with over thirty year’s experience in the construction industry, specializing in maintenance and energy-related technologies. He has published 20 technical papers on the subject of infrared thermography and written numerous articles about applications for infrared thermography in trade publications. Greg has many memberships in professional societies, licenses and certificates He is a member of SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics and is 2012-2013 Chairman of Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications, and Chairman of the Buildings & Infrastructures Session at SPIE’s Defense and Security Symposium.


Peter Hopkins, CEI, Level III Thermographer
Vice President United Infrared, Owner of InspecDoc Inspection Services & President of SoCAL Infrared Thermal Imaging Services


Peter Hopkins has operated a successful home inspection company since 1996 and has personally performed over 6,000 property inspections.  His company expanded into infrared in 2005, with the opening of SoCal Infrared and has found success in many applications for infrared thermography.  Peter is an ICC Code Certified Building Inspector and Certified HERS Energy Rater.  Peter has been trained in Equine Thermography and is licensed with the California Horse Racing Board as an Assistant to Veterinarians.


James R. Seffrin, Level III Thermographer
President of Jersey Infrared Consultants & Director of Infraspection Institute


Jim Seffrin has been an Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® since 1984 and is currently Level III. He is a co-founder of Jersey Infrared Consultants and a practicing thermographer with nearly 30 years experience as an infrared consultant and Director of Infraspection Institute in since April 2000. Jim has written numerous articles, co-written existing standards, and frequently works as an expert witness on projects involving thermography.  Jim has been teaching for Infraspection Institute since 1995.



Ben T. Hixson, RCI, CCCA, CCS, CIT
President of Hixson Consultants, Inc.

Ben Hixson is a roofing, wall systems & waterproofing expert. He  formed Hixson Consultants, Inc. to provide expert roofing, architectural sheet metal, glazing, wall system and waterproofing consulting services. He has over 33 years of experience in roof, wall and waterproofing condition analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, budgeting, design specification writing, CAD detailing management, and component selection and systems which are designed to remedy building moisture problems. Ben received a B.A. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1973 and is uniquely able to correlate product chemistry to predictable field performance. 


Tyler Hixson, CMI, CRM, CIT
VP Operations of Hixson Consultants, Inc.

Tyler Hixson joined Hixson Consultants, Inc. full-time in 2002.  He is a certified Mold Inspector and a certified Mold Remediator. He directs both Hixson’s Non-destructive Thermographic and Dielectric Capacitance Roofing, and Wall Concealed Moisture Detection surveys. Additionally, Tyler is a key individual in HCI’s Quality Assurance program, performing quality assurance monitoring for specialty contractor compliance with specifications and details, and in keeping with generally accepted good industry practice.


Joanna L. Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, SFT, CIT
Owner of Inspiritus Equine, Inc. 

Dr. Joanna L. Robson is a Licensed Veterinarian and owner of Inspiritus Equine, Inc., an integrative veterinary practice dedicated to the whole horse approach. Joanna is also co-owner of the Equine Technology Center in Salinas, CA. She lectures both nationally and internationally on recognizing the horse in pain, the uses of thermogaphy in the equine industry, the anatomy of saddle-fitting, and understanding alternative medicine modalities.  She has numerous publications online and in print, and is the author of the book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain…And What You Can Do About It!” Dr. Robson is a graduate of the Washington State University Honors Veterinary Medicine Program. 


Mike DeLeonardo Jr, CJF, RJF
Owner of DeLeonardo Farrier Service and DeLeonardo Farrier Center and Equine Technology Center

Mike DeLeonardo, Jr has 38 year’s experience in the farrier industry and is a Certified Journeyman Farrier, Registered Journeymen Farrier, tester for the AFA certification program.  In 2008, Mike was honored into the International Farriers Hall of Fame.  He is past President and Vice-President of the American Farriers Association and the Western State Farrier Association. Mike owns two Farriers Services and is co-owner of the Equine Technology Center in Salinas, CA, using infrared technology as it pertains to the farrier regarding diagnosis of lameness.


Scott Wood, Level III Thermographer
President of Scott Wood Associates, LLC


Scott Wood an expert in building science thermography has delivered training and expert advice regarding mold and microbe remediation, as well as infrared thermography and building science to thousands Nationally and International. Scott Wood Associates, LLC a consulting and training professional company in the areas of building science has been involved in building forensics on single story to multi story high-rises as well as providing design solutions, considerations and testing for heat, air and moisture barriers for the building’s enclosure.

Scott has provided training, investigations or consulting for multiple organizations and their employees including such organizations as; Infrared Training Center, VaproShield, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH), Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Thermal Moisture Imaging (TMI), ServPro, ServiceMaster, Belfor, National Property Inspectors, Chubb Group Insurance, CNA Insurance, Chevron, American Leak Detection, US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, US Army Reserve, US Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Wood is a founding member and treasurer of the International Association of Certified Thermographers (IACT), on the advisory board for essess, inc., active voting member for ASTM International C16 committee, member of the National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors and Thermographers (NACBI), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and local Seattle Building Enclosure Council (SeaBEC).


Eric R. Stockton, Level III Thermographer
VP, Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services, Inc.

Eric Stockton is the Director of Stockton Infrared’s ElectriSCAN and MechaniSCAN Divisions. CompuScanIR, a data center service infrared service. Eric is Vice-President of Stockton Infrared and has been an integral part of its success and growth. Eric received a BA in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982.  He was an environmental consultant for Carolina Power and Light’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant for 14 years prior to joining Stockton Infrared in 1996.


John Finlayson, CIT
President Canopus456, LLC

John Finlayson is the President of Canopus456, LLC. John has been a consulting engineer working with Stockton Infrared since 2009, introducing advanced image capture and presentation technologies. John received a BS in Engineering from the UCLA in 1969. He was an Engineering Duty Officer in the Navy, serving as the Electrical Division officer of an aircraft carrier.  He worked in the ocean and offshore oil industries for 15 years before transitioning to the space and aircraft industries. He has two patents for sub-sea oil production technology and has developed and patented technology for large scale graphics and backscatter x-ray technology. 


Rob Miller, CMRP
Ultrasound Technical Director & United Infrared Services Contracting Director

Rob MillerRob Miller As Ultrasound Technical Director of ElectricIR™, Rob provides training and technical support for all of the ElectricIR Ultrasound Technicians.

Mr. Miller has specialized expertise in PM/PdM program assessment, design, development, implementation and reporting for mechanical and electrical equipment. He combines 20 years of US Navy nuclear, and civilian practical applications. He is a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) and holds certifications in the following fields:

  • – Maintenance Management
  • – Calibration & Instrumentation
  • – Ultrasonic Inspections
  • – Vibration Analysis
  • – Reliability Engineering
  • – Nuclear Engineering
  • – Reliability-Centered Maintenance
  • – Precision Maintenance
  • – Infrared Thermography
  • – Technical Writing
  • – Electrical Testing
  • – Oil Analysis
  • – Predictive Maintenance
  • – Work Procedure Development
  • – Laser Alignment
  • – Dynamic Balancing of Rotating Equipment


Capt. Dean O. Trytten, US Navy, Ret.
Steam Technical Director of ElectricIR

Dean TryttenDean Trytten As Steam Technical Director of ElectricIR™, Dean provides training and technical support for all of the ElectricIR Steam Technicians.

Dean Trytten received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He then earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA.

Captain Trytten served on the following US Navy vessels over the course of 20 years:
U.S.S. Connole (DE 1056)
U.S.S. Portland (LSD 37)
U.S.S. Joseph Hewes (FF 1078)
U.S.S. Independence [CV 62] U.S.S. Nereus (AS-17)

After serving on vessels, Captain Trytten was Ship Superintendent at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Force Maintenance Officer at COMNAVSURFPAC, Ship Modernization and Maintenance Branch Head at OPNAV, and as Special Assistant for quality at the NAVSEA’s Inspector General’s office.

After 30 years in the US Navy, Dean Trytten started Anchor Elite, LLC (www.AnchorElite.com) to provide special high performance services and products to the private and public sector.


Stuart Selby, Level II Thermographer
President, Heat Seeking Thermal Imaging
 Stuart Selby serves as President of Heat Seeking Thermal Imaging LTD. His head office is based out of Lethbridge Alberta, as well as an office serving the USA in Great Falls Montana.

Stuart is a Journeyman Electrician with 27 years of experience doing electrical construction trouble shooting and maintenance work in areas that include Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Oil & Gas Industry, as well as Electrical & Mechanical Maintenance with large institutions. Along with certifications for Level II Thermograph, Building envelopes, Roof scans, and GasFind IR.

When not working at growing & expanding his business he enjoys spending time with his wife and spoiling the grandchildren. He has a true passion for racing cars with 28 years of racing winged sprint cars on dirt oval tracks reaching speeds in of excess of 145mph on tracks throughout Canada & USA and also enjoying a round of golf from time to time. He is currently a member of a Lethbridge Business Mans Association. With what is left in his limited spare time he loves to travel with his wife & friends.



Michael Vollmer, Level II Thermographer
Professor of Physics, University of Applied Sciences – Brandenburg, Germany

 Michael Vollmer studied physics in Heidelberg, Germany, receiving a PhD (1986) and Habilitation (1991) in optical spectroscopy of metal clusters. Since 1994 he has been a professor of physics at the University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg/Germany, working in the fields of infrared thermal imaging, spectroscopy, atmospheric optics, and didactics of physics. He is a Level II Thermographer and coauthor of the well known textbook “Infrared Thermal Imaging – Fundamentals, Research and Applications”, published in 2010 by Wiley. Together with his colleague K.-P. Möllmann he occasionally also presents physics on stage in public experimental shows around christmas time.



Klaus-Peter Moellmann, Level II Thermographer
Professor of Physics, University of Applied Sciences – Brandenburg, Germany

 Klaus-Peter Moellmann studied physics in Halle and Berlin receiving his PhD in 1983 and Habilitation (1989) in solid state physics, in particular in the development of HgCdTe infrared detectors. Since 1994 he has been a professor of physics at the University of Applied Sciences, in Brandenburg, Germany. He has worked in infrared thermal imaging, pyrometry, thin film and MEMS technology and is a Level II Thermographer. He is a Level II Thermographer and coauthor of the well known textbook “Infrared Thermal Imaging – Fundamentals, Research and Applications”, published in 2010 by Wiley. Together with his colleague M. Vollmer he occasionally also presents physics on stage in public experimental shows around christmas time.