Phyllis Budinger was born and raised in northeast Ohio. She holds two degrees in chemistry: a B.S. from Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, Ohio (1961); and an M.S. from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1964). She joined Sohio, the original Standard Oil Company, in 1964. Through a series of mergers and takeovers, the company ultimately became BP/Amoco. Budinger retired with the rank of Research Scientist from BP/Amoco in August 1999. Her 35 years of experience have been in analytical chemistry in the Research and Development Division of the company. She headed a group specializing in spectroscopy. Most of her analytical industrial experience has been devoted to some facet of troubleshooting and problem-solving for BP businesses. She has extensive experience in analyses using spectroscopic techniques (infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance) and has a working knowledge of most other analytical techniques.

A life-long interest in the mystery of the UFO phenomenon was the motivation for her to establish a small laboratory dedicated to the study of physical traces related to UFO events. Frontier Analysis, Ltd. was launched in March 2000. Since then, the laboratory has examined numerous physical trace samples related to UFO cases from all over the world. These include samples from abductions, cattle mutilations, crop circles, UFO deposits, and angel hair. Some highly visible cases for which analyses have been provided include soil traces from the Delphos, Kansas, landing event, the dress Betty Hill wore during her abduction, and soil samples from the Travis Walton abduction site. The results of these and other analyses have created media interest. Budinger has been interviewed on national radio talk shows and TV. She has appeared in episodes of the History Channel’s UFO Files and UFO Hunter series and other documentaries. She was designated “Ufologist of the Year” by the Mutual UFO Network in 2013.

Most of her technical reports are posted on The Black Vault website.

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