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April 10, 2015
Ramit Plushnick-Masti
Public Information Officer
The Houston Forensic Science Center’s Board of Directors has named Dr. Peter Stout as
vice president of the corporation. Dr. Stout is also HFSC’s Chief Operations Officer, and
reports to Dr. Daniel Garner, the Chief Executive Officer and President.
“I am excited to join HFSC. I know this corporation will become a model for other
forensic institutions nationwide seeking to become independent of law enforcement,”
Dr. Stout said.
Dr. Stout joined HFSC in February after working as a senior research forensic scientist
and director of operations in the Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International, an
independent not-for-profit research institute in North Carolina. Dr. Stout has more than
15 years of experience in the forensic sciences and forensic toxicology. During his
career, Dr. Stout has managed commercial and government organizations through
periods of change and helped them adapt to new financial structures, expertise that will
help the Center as it develops its business models and reduces its need for direct
funding from the City of Houston.
At RTI, Dr. Stout was responsible for managing commercial, federal and state grants
and contracts. He also oversaw strategic and business development.
Dr. Stout recently completed a term as president of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists.
In that role, Dr. Stout has represented the Society with the Consortium of Forensic
Science Organizations and been involved on the national level in the policy debate
regarding the future of forensic sciences in the United States. Dr. Stout has testified
before state legislative committees and spoken before state and national gatherings on
this issue.
All of these skills will be of great help to HFSC as it moves forward and becomes a
model for other forensic facilities nationwide.
Dr. Stout and his wife and three boys will be relocating from their home in North
Carolina to Houston.
Houston’s forensic operations, formerly known as the Houston Police Department
Crime Lab, have been managed by Houston Forensic Science Center, Inc., since April 3,
HFSC is overseen by a board of directors appointed by the Mayor of Houston and
confirmed by the Houston City Council. HFSC currently operates in eight forensic
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