Darlene S. Schuster, Ph.D.

ACS Science Policy Fellow, 1997-1999


Darlene Schuster presently serves as the Director of the Institute for Sustainability, an AIChE Technological Community. Previously she served in the non-profit technology/society sector as the Senior Director of Institute Alliances and Director of Government Relations for AIChE. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Schuster was the Science Policy Fellow for ACS, where she worked to educate congressional staff and Congress on technical policy issues. Dr. Schuster was awarded the 2004 Technical Achievement Award from the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Council in part for contributions to novel technology product development and commercialization by her company, DP Group, Inc..

Previously, Dr. Schuster was the Clare Boothe Luce Chair of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, and an Engineer, Senior Engineer, and Research Engineer with Gulf Oil Production Research, which subsequently became Chevron Oil Field Research Company. As a professor, Dr. Schuster integrated design methodology and systems analysis into chemical kinetics, process control, the freshman engineering program, statistics, and transport phenomena courses. She introduced new courses on fluidization, particle technology, waste minimization, and pollution prevention and incorporated societal ethics into the teaching of engineering design.

She has served as the Technical Program Chair for the 2004 Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference: Building the Business Case for Sustainability, and has been on the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference steering committee since 2002. She serves on the advisory board of Greener Package and as a Peer reviewer for the EPA P3 (pollution, prevention, and people) program. Dr. Schuster also chaired the review committee for the TSE (Towards a Sustainable Environment) program. Dr. Schuster holds a BSChE (WVU), MSChE (University of Pittsburgh),and PhD. (West Virginia University).

Looking Back

The ACS Science Policy Fellowship is a premier opportunity to work on the development of a broad range of science and technology issues facing the federal government. The Science Policy Fellow has an unmatched opportunity to learn how legislation and policy are developed; learn how science and technology considerations are made in a relatively open-ended process; and promote the consideration of sound science and technology in a non-biased and balanced manner.

During my fellowship, I was surprised to learn that legislation that pertaining to science is not developed in isolation from the scientific community, and always attempts to include a science and technology perspective. This program, however, helps to assure the best minds and rational perspectives are considered in implementation of policy important to the scientific and technical community.

As a Fellow, I worked closely with federal agencies, Congressional staff and other professional associations. I also interacted with some of the most renowned scientists and engineers in the world, both from academia and industry, to assure the development of sound policies. It is very rewarding to facilitate the exchange of this expertise with Congress.