By Joe Gorsuch, Copper Development Association Manager of Health & Environmental Sciences
Joe Gorsuch works with environmental regulations and the collection of ecotox data. For 30 years prior to joining the CDA in March, 2009, he worked with Kodak, conducting environmental effects and fate field and lab studies to register chemicals for the photographic industry. From 2005 to 2009 he was President and Owner of Gorsuch Environmental Managements Services, Inc. [GEMS, Inc.] coordinating environmental studies. He holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, focusing on Aquatic Toxicology, both from Purdue University.
Before I joined the CDA, I led the research program on silver at Kodak. I was with the company for three decades and had amassed quite a body of work. The experience and contacts I gained are invaluable, and I’m sure that was one of the reasons I was offered the position at the CDA. Silver and copper aren’t the same programs, but the science is essentially identical and my background was a great fit.
This past November, I was proud to receive the 2009 International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) Achievement Award (I3A is the leading global association and an accredited Standards Developing Organization for the imaging industry) for my work at Kodak and as an independent consultant in leading the 16-year silver environmental research program. Here is a description of the award:
The I3A Achievement Award annually recognizes, encourages and celebrates outstanding accomplishment by an individual who has provided significant contributions to the advancement or growth of the imaging industry, through participation in I3A in either Standards and Initiatives or Advocacy.
It’s rewarding to know that my long career has led to others recognizing me. I really feel great about it. But I can’t take all the credit because of course I had colleagues helping me along the way. Both at Kodak and the CDA, I’ve had the opportunity to work with world-class researchers and government regulatory people, and to build relationships based on mutual trust. After leaving Kodak, there was kind of a void. Although I was doing some exciting environmental consulting work, I wasn’t able to keep doing all the work I had been doing previously, in particular coordinating a major research program. So I was very excited to get this opportunity with the CDA to bring my experience and knowledge to work on copper with some of the researchers I had collaborated with previously. As I said earlier, the science is essentially identical. But we’re now doing copper studies that I never had the occasion to do with silver, including marine studies that are far more advanced, in addition to marine sediment studies that I’m helping to coordinate, which is always exciting. Anytime you get to be a pioneer, it’s exciting.