Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists


On the Frontlines with COVID-19

Who: Sean Litchman

What: Microbiologist

Where: Department of Public Health

MOSES: Member since 2016.

Sean is a part of the DPH team that is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of his time now is focused on processing and testing patient samples. Due to COVID-19, the DPH operates in a fast-paced environment and the job within the lab changes on an hourly basis depending on the needs of the lab. He could be opening packages of samples one minute, loading extraction plates after that or running autoclaves and stocking supplies

Clean Water

Who: Mike Bebirian

What: Laboratory Supervisor

Where: Department of Environmental Protection

MOSES: Member since 1984.

Mike is part of the DEP team that protects the public health by performing over 15,000 lab analyses of contaminants in wastewater, air, soil, hazardous wastes and fish annually. In addition to ensuring clean air and water, MassDEP enforces environmental laws and is responsible for the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills.

Safety First

Who: Marvin Lewiton, CIH

What: Industrial Safety & Health Inspector

Where: Department of Labor Standards

MOSES: Member since 1999.

Marvin is part of the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program, a free health & safety consulting service provided to small, high-hazard businesses across the state. He explains, “I get enormous personal satisfaction from helping to ensure that workers go home every day, safe from injury or illness. Small employers rarely have the resources to develop health & safety plans; our program provides that support to them.”

Disease Detectives

Who: Erika Buzby

What: Bacteriologist

Where: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

MOSES: Member since 2009.

Erika is responsible for identifying potential bacterial & viral threats to the citizens of Massachusetts. In a specialized environment she works to detect high suspect specimens that require rapid turnaround times and multi-agency responses. She ensures that the spread of infectious disease & harmful agents are identified to control the risk of disease to the public.

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