In January we recently welcomed a new staff member, Andrew (Drew) J. Makowski. Drew has accepted the role as Lab Manager and Research Scientist. Although Drew isn’t originally from Iowa, he has lived in the midwest for most of his life. 15 years ago he made the decision to establish himself in Iowa and has become his home. I got to sit down with him and ask a few questions.
Jocey: How long have you worked in the industry?
Drew: I have worked in the field about a decade and a half. Through interdisciplinary sides of analytical chemistry. Expanding from organic synthesis to manufacturing food and science and clinical testing.
Jocey: What drew you to the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute?
Drew: I am always a student in life. I found that this was an interesting opportunity to lead a lab that is at early stages in quality systems and accreditation. Since I have a wealth of knowledge in validation and accreditations I thought this was a great opportunity and fit for myself.
Jocey: What are some areas of work you are most excited about?
Drew: I’m really excited to be a part of the team and Iowa State University. It was always a goal of mine to work for ISU, let alone lead a lab with endless potential.
Jocey: What are some changes we may see in the future in regards to the service lab?
Drew: We are really going to focus on efficiency, automation, and traceability. Once implemented our clients will be able to see improved reporting. This is going to be the first thing that they notice. Reporting will be revised with a better format and more efficient to get those reports. While making our review process from Dr. Norton and myself are more transparent to the client.
Jocey: How would you like the industry to get to know you a little better?
Drew: When I am not at the lab, I run a horse boarding business at my home. With that being said I have three young kids so when I do find time I like to do woodwork. I have been doing woodwork since I was seven years old. It is a pastime I am passionate about.