On September 19th, 2006, the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) formally inducted Briar Alpert, President, BioTek Instruments, Inc., to full membership. The Academy was established in 1996 as a non-profit society of distinguished scientific and engineering scholars and practitioners that are committed to the furtherance of science and technology. The Academy, patterned after the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), is dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement, educating and promoting discourse, and providing expert and impartial advice within scientific and engineering disciplines throughout the State of Vermont. This prestigious lifetime appointment represents the highest recognition for contributions to science and engineering in the State. Alpert, who holds two degrees from University of Vermont, has been with BioTek Instruments, Inc. for over 20 years, and was appointed President in 2000. In addition to numerous technical contributions, he has assumed a leadership role in the growth of the company including management of intellectual property, corporate acquisitions and divestitures and implementation of strategic planning and technology transfer processes. Alpert is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, and serves as a charter member and director of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. The BioTek Instruments, Inc. instrumentation is used to accelerate the drug discovery process, to advance discoveries in genomics and proteomics, and to aid in the advancement of life science research.