Charles A. Zona

Dean of Students | Hooke College of Applied Sciences
25+ Years of Experience

Charles A. Zona, dean of students for Hooke College of Applied Sciences, a member of The McCrone Group, is responsible for day-to-day operations, program development, and curriculum assessment. Chuck joined The McCrone Group in 1995, and for 11 years served as director of operations for McCrone Microscopes & Accessories. In 2003 he was appointed vice president of McCrone Associates. Chuck earned his BS and MS degrees in forensic sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His publications in scientific journals, magazine articles, and blog posts include a variety of topics, such as adult education, and the analysis of gunshot residue and organic paint pigments.

M.S., Forensic Sciences, University of Illinois – Chicago, 1991
B.S., Forensic Sciences, University of Illinois – Chicago, 1988

The Importance of IACET CEUs: Why Your Students Should Care
International Association for Continuing Education and Training, February 23, 2015

Teaching with the Microscopy Society of America’s Sandbox
Microscopy Society of America (Poster Presentation), August 5, 2014

Choosing the Right Preventive-Control Training in Food Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing, March 26, 2014

Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds for Busy Professionals
Plastics Business Magazine, May 24, 2013

Specialized Materials Analysis Training
Food Quality Magazine, April 9, 2013

The Blended Training Model
Lab Manager Magazine, July 9, 2012

Delivering Blended Learning to Trace Evidence Examiners
Forensic Magazine, February 10, 2012

Equipment without Training is Inventory
Linkam Scientific – The Blog, February 4, 2011

Analyzing Suspect Powders
Fire Engineering Magazine, July 1, 2007

Development of a Protocol for the Analysis of White Powder Unknowns: From the Hot Zone to the Microscope
Modern Microscopy.com, July 2007

McCrone Microscopes & Accessories: The Microscopist’s Partner – A Historical Perspective
Modern Microscopy.com, October 1, 2003

The Microscopical Identification of Organic Paint Pigments – The Hansa Yellows
The Microscope, October 1, 1996

The Analysis of Nyclad Ammunition Discharge Residues Using Transmission Electron Microscopy and Polarized Light Microscopy
The Microscope, January 1, 1996

A Recovery Method for Airborne Gunshot Residue Retained in Human Nasal Mucus
Journal of Forensic Sciences, July 1, 1995