Burkhard Schaefer has been an active member of the laboratory informatics community for over 20 years. He started his career working on instrument control and data standards at Los Alamos National Laboratory and later the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He co-founded of BSSN Software, now part of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Burkhard is known as the lead architect of the ASTM AnIML standard, SiLA Consortium board member, and SLAS fellow. He earned his diploma of computer science from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and the University of New Mexico.