Robert E. Synovec obtained his Ph.D. in 1986 from Iowa State University, joining the UW Faculty that year. His group pioneers the development of novel analytical instrumentation, chemometric data analysis software, and methodology based upon fundamental separation science, implemented at a problem-solving level. We complement our interest in developing and applying novel instrumentation and chemometrics software with a deep interest in modeling the separation processes based upon theory. Our theoretical modeling has provided fundamental insight and guidance for instrumentation design and software improvements. Application of our separations technology in many exciting areas such as metabolomics, forensics, petroleum-based fuels, biofuels and environmental systems are being explored. Synovec was awarded the GC×GC Scientific Achievement Award at the 10th GC×GC International Symposium in May 2013, recognizing his group’s pioneering contributions in the field of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC). Synovec received the Marcel Golay Award at the 40th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography (ISCC) conference in Riva del Garda, Italy, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in capillary chromatography.