Pat Whalen
Pat has worked his entire adult life to bring LuminUltra to where it is today. When he is not jetting around the world providing hands-on support to LuminUltra’s extensive roster of sales partners and customers, he is constantly refining LuminUltra’s strategy to deliver more value from its solutions. Having come from a family of engineers, he is a consummate problem solver who has written dozens of technical papers, patents and other published works. In the rare circumstance that Pat is not focused on advancing LuminUltra, he volunteers his time on not-for-profit boards and entrepreneur coaching.

It is the journey, not the destination
[Series 7/7]

  Having been part of LuminUltra since its inception puts me in a unique position to comprehensively reflect on what this company has achieved.  When I think back to LuminUltra’s beginnings, I recall my father Phil (LuminUltra’s original President) remarking to me what a wonderful opportunity this could turn out to be for myself and… Read More

Finding the better way to do it
[Series 5/7]

  Innovate or die – this is a quote (originally from Peter Drucker, credited as the “founder of modern management”) that you see or hear in everything from movies to motivational posters to editorials these days.  Our civilization has never witnessed innovation at the rate that we see today, as demonstrated by the rapid rise… Read More

Flexibility is the key to stability
[Series 4/7]

  The genesis of LuminUltra was to construct an ATP-based test kit for quantifying biomass in wastewater treatment bioreactors.  This is where we focused our research efforts from the mid 90’s to the mid-2000’s, as well as the entirety of our commercial efforts from 2003-05.  Though we knew for certain that this would be a… Read More

Working together for mutual success
[Series 3/7]

  In today’s world, the only time you are truly disconnected is when you are on an airplane without Wi-Fi or when you are sleeping.  We are so deeply interconnected on so many levels that it is sometimes hard to tell where one individual ends and another begins.  Regardless of your views on this topic,… Read More

Commitment is an act, not a word
[Series 2/7]

  What is commitment?  Commitment is living up to the promises that you make to your customers, your colleagues, your friends, and family.  There are few things more satisfying in life than living up to a commitment on time – or even better, over-delivering on your commitment.  Conversely, there is no more sure-fire way to… Read More

The only constant is change – or is it?
[Series 1/7]

  2016 was both an exciting and challenging year at LuminUltra.  We continued to grow, having added multiple new members to our team, launched plans for a major facility expansion, and initiated a comprehensive overhaul of our quality management systems.  We put our heads down and worked hard on various market-facing projects, including new products,… Read More

ATP and DNA – Who’s on First?

  As some of you may have heard, LuminUltra has partnered with Microbe Detectives to offer DNA testing services to the drinking water and wastewater industries.  So “Who’s on First?” (pun intended); simply put, the partnership’s combined technologies tell you who is in a given water or wastewater sample, and how much is in that… Read More