Keynote Speaker: Michael Klyde – Monday Luncheon (12pm – 1pm)

Mike Klyde - MSC

Michael Klyde

Professor, Automotive Technology 

T-TEN Coordinator

Cypress College, California

The DeLorean Motorcar

Mike Klyde was born with the car gene. From his first toy Mustang that an auto dealer gave his parents during a vehicle test drive at age 3, to a lifetime spent working in the auto industry. The DeLorean job was a fluke. On break from courses at University of Arkansas, Mike drove West to work during the summer of 1981 in Southern California. An employment agency sent him to an interview at DeLorean Motor Company and was hired to work in the Santa Ana Quality Assurance Center. From not even knowing what a DeLorean was, to being one of the youngest there, he was quickly able to take on the task of getting the vehicles in the best shape for sale possible ,and he has a couple scars from the stainless steel to prove it. Since those early days at age 18, Mike has worked as a vehicle technician, R and D tech for Hitachi Automotive Products and has worked at or for several vehicle manufacturers developing technician training materials. A pioneer in what was first called computer based training, Mike led the way to highly interactive online training for Honda, Mazda and Kia. He currently is a full time professor running the Toyota/Lexus T-TEN Program at Cypress College. Mike was named California Automotive Instructor of the Year for his work to help students back in the lab during the COVID pandemic along with creating online content to bridge the gap while in lockdown. Mike has also authored two automotive textbooks and continues to develop automotive training courses. Mike is an avid vintage vehicle enthusiast with a small collection of vehicles, several of which he has restored, and now takes on tours and various vehicle events around the U.S.


Keynote Speaker: Jim Kushmerick – Tuesday Luncheon (12pm – 1pm)

James Kushmerick - MSC

Jim Kushmerick

Quantum SI: Foundational Research to Measurement Dissemination


Removal of the final artifact (Le Grand K) received the most publicity in the 2019 redefinition of the SI.  In this talk I hope to demonstrate that underpinning the “new” metric system on fundamental constants of nature provides exciting opportunities for metrology innovation far beyond liberation from an artifact.  Traceability of measurements to the SI in can be provided in new and more direct ways, and in some instances the “calibration customer” can realize a primary standard themselves.  This talk will describe many of these advances – some of which are possible immediately, and others that are the subject of ongoing research.


Dr. James Kushmerick is Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he is responsible for the maintenance, development, and dissemination of the U.S. national measurement standards system, and he oversees NIST’s world-class programs in quantum information science, neuromorphic computing, and quantum measurement standards. He also directs the full suite of NIST calibration services in dimensional, electromagnetic, ionizing radiation, mechanical, optical, thermodynamic, and time and frequency metrology.


Keynote Speaker: Kurt Floren – Wednesday Luncheon (12pm – 1pm)

Kurt Floren | MSC

Kurt Floren

Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner

Director of Weights and Measures

From Uncertainties to Confidence: Connection of Lab Standards to Marketplace Equity


Metrology, the science of measurement, is presumably well understood, at varying levels and from different perspectives, by MSC attendeesHow “legal metrology,” perhaps more commonly known as “Weights and Measures,” applies to the marketplace and world in which we all live may be more of a mysteryApplying legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments used in the marketplace is critical in society, as transparency, accountability, and a balance of information combine to create acceptable levels of trust and confidence among traders, sellers, and consumers.  Mr. Floren will discuss and explore how mass, volumetric, and other standards, certified in metrology laboratories and traceable to national metrological standards maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, are employed, through legal metrology, to create and ensure confidence in the marketplace, providing assurance that we and our fellow consumers can have trust in business operations, receive that for which we pay, and have confidence that fair competition and equity may prevail in the world of routine transactions which we all tend to take for granted.  An array of test equipment and specialized vehicles employed daily in those endeavors will be displayed, with opportunities for questions and discussion. 


Kurt Floren has been the Department Head of the County of Los Angeles Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures since January 2005.

After majoring in Biology at California State University at Northridge, Kurt Floren began his career in the field of Agriculture working in the Exotic Pest Detection Program of the Los Angeles County Department of Agricultural Commissioner in 1981, progressing into roles with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for nearly two years as a “General Detection Trapper,” monitoring for presence of multiple invasive pests.

In 1985, after a period working in private industry, Mr. Floren returned to the newly-merged Los Angeles County Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures, serving 14 years in Weights and Measures regulation. Rising through the Inspector ranks in testing of all manner of retail to heavy-capacity scales and retail fuel dispenser meters to fast-flow meters at refineries and marinas, Mr. Floren became Supervisor of what is now the Business Practices Investigation Division in 1990, directing work in packaged commodity inspection, labeling enforcement, weighmaster regulation, scanner price accuracy regulation, recycling-redemption fraud and fuel quality/sales fraud investigation.

In June 1999, Mr. Floren was recruited to the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures as Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer in charge of its Standards Enforcement Division, managing activities in Weights and Measures, Fruit & Vegetable Standardization, Organic Production/Registration, Shell Egg Quality, and Direct Marketing programs. He progressed to become Assistant Director of the County of San Diego Department.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Floren as Agricultural Commissioner/ Director of Weights and Measures effective January 2005. The County of Los Angeles Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures (ACWM) is the largest such county department in California and the nation, with a staff of over 400 operating 30 distinct programs. While Los Angeles County is no longer the major agricultural production county of the early 1900’s, ACWM’s key role today is to guard the rest of California, through pest exclusion and prompt pest detection activities, from invasive agricultural pests and diseases entering through the county’s seaports, airports, and truck freight and via international travelers. With the largest, most active Weights and Measures program in the nation, ACWM protects L.A. County’s millions of residents, visitors, and business operators from negligence and fraud in both retail and wholesale transactions.

Among many other leadership positions, Mr. Floren serves on the Board of Directors of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA), is Past President of CACASA (2014-2015), served as President of the Western Weights and Measures Association (WWMA – President: 2008-2009), and as Chairman of the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM – Chairman: 2011-2012). He is the Vice President of Weights and Measures as well as Dean of CACASA and remains very actively involved in the activities and conferences of, both, WWMA and NCWM, serving on multiple task forces and work groups.