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Lab58 – The History and the Team

The ’58’ in LaB58 recognises the contribution that Rosalind Franklin made to science and the world in general; she died in 1958.

Google also recognised her critical contribution by celebrating her 93rd birthday, on the 25th July 2013, with a google doodle.

Steve Priest

Steve is an educator at heart. Following his ‘apprenticeship’ teaching Technology in London for 9 years, he has combined his learning pedagogy with the application of emerging technology into industrial situations. This has afforded Steve the privilege of re-shaping the curriculum delivery models and learner experiences for a wide range of organisations including Fiat Group, GKN, RAF, Nissan, Toyota, Airbus, and a range of SMEs. As a result of this approach Steve was invited to deliver an Executive Coaching programme to Senior Executives; this included the MD of a £5M global business and an RAF Air Commodore responsible for the delivery of flight training across all UK forces.

Pedagogy is the art and science of how something is taught and how people learn. Pedagogy includes how the teaching occurs and by what medium, how the content is presented and delivered and what people learn as a result of the process.

  • Teacher/ Coach
  • Pan-European Marketing Professional
  • Corporate Integration Process Specialist
  • Ironman

Steve Mazurek

Two decades ago Steve was servicing and repairing telescopes, binoculars and telescopes. This triggered a passion for working with optical equipment that led him to work for a microscope industry leader as a Service Engineer.

During this time, Steve gained experience of servicing microscopes manufactured by a range of OEMs including Olympus, Nikon, Reichart, Leitz, Leica and Meiji. The spectrum and scale of microscopes he has serviced, range from a £30,000 Zeiss Compound Research Microscope to the classic 1960’s Nikon SKE teaching microscope.

This expertise and knowledge, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, was the inspiration and motivation behind Steve establishing Mazurek Optical Services in 2002. The growing client base now stretches from the NHS to Universities and from the asbestos industry to general engineering. A notable highlight recently has been the installation of 360 microscopes in the Liverpool University CLT laboratory.

  • Microscope Servicing Specialist
  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Comprehensive understanding of Microscopy products in education and industry
  • Pilot

Richard Fry

Over the course of his working career Richard has built up a number of successful businesses, initially in the automotive industry before switching his focus to the microscopy and vision systems sector.

Over the past two decades Richard’s companies have acted as distributors for a number of OEMs including Meiji Techno UK, Microtec, Lumenera and Leica Microsystems. His UK wide network distributes products through 120 channels to a wide range of industrial end users.

He is committed to providing high quality support for microscope users. He has been recognised locally for his contribution to training when Weston College, Weston-Super-Mare, presented Meiji Techno with the Business Excellence Award 2013 for Apprenticeship Training.

  • A 30 year career of leading SMEs
  • A pragmatist who understands business relationships
  • Established and respected by the microscope OEMs
  • A passion for sailing and motor racing

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