The American Chemical Society is proud to present our lineup of speakers for the 2014 Career Fair. We have scoured our industry to find some of the brightest minds as this year's presenters. They will help you keep up with the ever changing job market so you can achieve what you have set out to do through the career fair; find a job. Get to know this year's speakers by browsing their bios below.
Dr. David Harwell is the Assistant Director of Industry Member Programs at ACS. In this role, he works within ACS to improve offerings for members working in the business of chemistry. He also serves as the lead for the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative, which provides resources to ACS members pursuing entrepreneurial careers and endeavors. Additionally, Dave serves as an expert in the chemical industry and its effects on employment and the economy. Before joining the staff of ACS, Dave was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii focusing on silicon nanoparticles and supramolecular structures.
Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 400 papers and is inventor on over 80 patents, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use. Rogers is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, MRS and AAAS, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Emily Weiss is an Associate Professor and the Irving M. Klotz Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Emily earned her PhD from Northwestern in 2005. Emily’s group studies electronic processes at organic-inorganic interfaces within colloidal and semiconductor and metal nanoparticles. The objectives of this research are to understand the mechanisms of conversion of energy from one class to another. Emily was selected as a Dow Teacher-Scholar and was the recipient of a Dreyfus New Faculty Award. Emily has since earned an Air Force Young Investigator Award, a DOE Early Career Research Award, a Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry grant.
Professor Michael R. Wasielewski received his Bachelor of Science (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees from the University of Chicago. Following his graduate work, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. He then moved to the Argonne National Laboratory, where he rose through the ranks to become Senior Scientist and Group Leader of the Molecular Photonics Group. In 1994, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University, where he is currently the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry. His research has resulted in over 375 publications. Prof. Wasielewski was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1995, and has held numerous distinguished lectureships and fellowships. Among Prof. Wasielewski’s recent awards are the 2008 Porter Medal for Photochemistry, the 2006 James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, and the 2004 Photochemistry Research Award of the Inter-American Photochemical Society.
Florian Schattenmann is the global R&D director for Core R&D at The Dow Chemical Company. Florian joined Dow in 2010 as R&D director for Polyurethanes, Systems & Automotive Solutions. From 2008 to 2010, he was vice president and Chief Technology Officer at SulphCo. He was the technology director for GE-Bayer Silicones (now Momentive Performance Materials) and Technology Leader for the Global Silicone Elastomers Business between 2006 and 2008. Florian began his career at GE in the Global Research Center, rising to become Laboratory Manager. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds 7 U. S. patents and has numerous publications. He received a Diplom Chemiker degree from the Technische Universität München, Germany where he worked with W.A. Hermann on geometry constraint Ziegler-Natta catalysts. This led him to work with Nobel laureate Richard Schrock studying polyenes by cyclopolymerization using molybdenum alkylidene bis(carboxylate) initiators and Ziegler-Natta catalysis using zirconium diamido complexes. He obtained his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from MIT in 1997. He joined GE in 1998 and applied his expertise in inorganic synthesis to technologies ranging from production of silicone polymers to electronic materials.
We know that our members and career fair attendees are in a wide variety of unique situations. That is why we strive to bring you speakers from an array of backgrounds within the chemical industry to help you with your career and professional advancement.