Alexander Bolshakov, Ph.D has 25 years of experience in the fields of laser spectroscopy and plasma physics. He was a Senior Research Associate at the NASA Ames Research Center and is now a Senior Scientist at Applied Spectra. He has been published in a variety of journals, including The Russian Chemical Review, Technical Physics, and The Journal of Applied Physics. His contributions have helped Applied Spectra create a transportable advanced stand-off LIBS spectrometer. His work helps Applied Spectra maintain and advance its standing in the LIBS and LA-ICP-MS industries. Dr. Bolshakov received his M.S. and Ph.D. from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University in Plasma Physics and Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectrometry, respectively.