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The Roundtable brings together organizational members representing:

  • Industrial companies
  • Trade groups
  • Government agencies
  • Academic institutions
  • Science and engineering professional and educational organizations

Full members pay dues and have full voting rights. Other participants will be affiliates or non-voting members. The affiliates will be encouraged to provide in-kind services or make contributions to specific projects.

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Member Biographies

Senior Contract Development Manager, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Fritz obtained a B.A degree in Behavioral Biology from Bloomfield College in 1976, and a Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry from Yale University in 1982, where his thesis on the first synthesis of [1.1.1]-Propellane won the Wolfgang prize. After beginning his industrial career with Rohm and Haas, then managing the polymer laboratory for Akzo Coatings in Troy MI, he joined Air Products in 1993. He spent many years developing a variety of commercially successful products in support of Air Products’ Epoxy Additives and related businesses.

In 2006 he became the Manager of Intellectual Assets for the corporation. In that role he designed and implemented new software to improve Air Products’ intellectual asset management processes, managed the activities of the business’ Intellectual Asset Management Teams, and implemented a curriculum to teach the professional staff basic concepts of intellectual property law. Since 2009 he has worked in Corporate Technology Partnerships, where he is responsible for obtaining funding to support Air Product’s high risk R&D projects and establishing joint development programs with external partners such as the National Laboratories.

In his career as a chemist, Fritz was the inventor of about 20 patents, authored many scientific papers, and wrote a monograph on the chemistry of polymers used in paints and coatings that was published by the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology. He has won several external awards in the coatings field, including the George Baugh Heckel, Mattiello and the Roon awards from the FSCT, and the European Coatings Award. He is a Past President of the FSCT, and has taught numerous courses on coatings technology for working professionals in the field.

Linda A. Beltz, Ph.D., NPDP

Director, Technology Partnerships, Weyerhaeuser

Linda is currently Director, Technology Partnerships at Weyerhaeuser. In this role, Linda worked with John Tao to implement Open Innovation at Weyerhaeuser. Linda is responsible for alliances and partner activities with for-profit, non-profit, university and national labs. She is also responsible for government contracts.

Linda has been with Weyerhaeuser 10 years. Prior to her current role, she led the transition for Weyerhaeuser’s biofuel JV with Chevron, Catchlight Energy, and held technical and market development leadership positions in the businesses. Before joining Weyerhaeuser, Linda worked with Mead and International Paper in technical leadership, capital project, manufacturing and scientist roles.

Linda holds a Ph.D. and a B.S from the University of Washington in Pulp and Paper Engineering. She has also completed the Executive Business Program at Louisiana State University and is in the Executive Scholars Program at Kellogg School of Management. Linda is also a Certified New Product Development Professional through the Product Development and Management Association.

Nancy Jackson

Immediate Past President, American Chemical Society

Manager, International Chemical Threat Reduction Department, Global Security Center, Sandia National Laboratories

Nancy B. Jackson was the 2011 President of the American Chemical Society and is manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department in the Global Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories. The Global Security Center assists the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies in solving problems related to international chemical security. With the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Jackson has developed the Chemical Security Engagement Program an international program to raise awareness of chemical safety and security among chemical professionals and to enable the practice of safety and security in the research, teaching, and commerce of chemicals. Previously, Dr. Jackson was deputy director of Sandia’s International Security Program where she assisted the director in fulfilling its mission to create technology-based solutions through international cooperation to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism. During the past four years, Dr. Jackson was responsible for leading the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program for Global Security which requires identifying and overseeing the research program in support of Global Security. Prior to her positions in Global Security, Dr. Jackson was involved in research and development at Sandia, as a principal investigator and a manager. Primarily her research was in heterogeneous catalysis with an emphasis on energy applications.  Later work involved chemical imaging with a wide variety of applications from biological systems to homeland defense problems. Dr. Jackson is a National Affiliate of the National Academies where she has served on several boards and chaired studies. Dr. Jackson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recipient of the 2005 American Indian Science and Engineering Society Professional of the Year Award. Dr. Jackson was a member of the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain College and is a Research Associate Professor at the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department of the University of New Mexico. Dr. Jackson has a B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University from which she won a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005 and has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Dawn Mason, Ph.D.

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Group Leader, Adhesives and Polymer Technology, Eastman Chemical

Dawn Mason is a Group Leader at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN. She was previously employed with E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. and earned her B.S. from the University of Missouri – Columbia and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with Marcetta Darensbourg. Over the last 10 years, she has successfully lead a variety of technology groups contributing in areas from catalysis to polymer modification and from technical service to process improvement.  She is the vice-chair for the ACS Committee on Corporation Associates and is a member of the ACS Leadership Advisory Board.

Karen Parysek

Director, Technology Relations, Praxair

Karen Parysek is Director, Technology Relations for Praxair, where she is responsible for external funding and alliances with government agencies and research organizations.

Over her 30+ year career with Praxair, Ms. Parysek has held positions in Energy R&D, sales and marketing, product safety, engineering, and procurement, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She holds one patent and has 5 publications. Ms. Parysek holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA Certificate from Tulane, and is an active community volunteer.

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Affiliates

Ray Garant

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Assistant Director, Public Policy, Office of Public Affairs, American Chemical Society

Ray Garant is assistant director for public policy at the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs. His responsibilities include oversight of the ACS Science & the Congress Project, a program of congressional staff briefings to improve decision maker’s understanding of the relationship between science and public policy; the ACS Public Policy Fellowships; ACS member involvement in government affairs; and development of the Society’s public policy positions and messages. He is also staff liaison for the Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement.

Ray was a congressional science fellow in 1993 and a senior legislative assistant in 1994 to former Representative Phil Sharp (D-IN). While on the Hill, he followed environmental, judicial, and health-care issues. He began his Washington career as a Science Policy Fellow at ACS headquarters in 1990. Prior to that, he worked as a materials researcher at the Ames Laboratory of the Department of Energy, a student assistant for acoustics and oceanographic sciences at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center, and manager of an Iowa State University project to communicate science to the public.

He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University.

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Ray Garant
Assistant Director, Public Policy, Office of Public Affairs, American Chemical Society

Ray Garant is assistant director for public policy at the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs. His responsibilities include oversight of the ACS Science & the Congress Project, a program of congressional staff briefings to improve decision maker’s understanding of the relationship between science and public policy; the ACS Public Policy Fellowships; ACS member involvement in government affairs; and development of the Society’s public policy positions and messages. He is also staff liaison for the Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement.

Ray was a congressional science fellow in 1993 and a senior legislative assistant in 1994 to former Representative Phil Sharp (D-IN). While on the Hill, he followed environmental, judicial, and health-care issues. He began his Washington career as a Science Policy Fellow at ACS headquarters in 1990. Prior to that, he worked as a materials researcher at the Ames Laboratory of the Department of Energy, a student assistant for acoustics and oceanographic sciences at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center, and manager of an Iowa State University project to communicate science to the public.

He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University.

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Paul Mendez

Executive Director, Council for Chemical Research

Paul became Executive Director of the Council for Chemical Research in 2009. CCR is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 to benefit society by advancing research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related disciplines through leadership collaboration across discipline, institution and sector boundaries. CCR members are research-intensive companies, universities and government labs.

Paul is a past-president of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (1998-2007), and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a BA in economics.

Darlene Schuster

Director, Institute for Sustainability, AIChE

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 and as a 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. and is on the advisory board of Greener Package.

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 as a Peer reviewer for the EPA P3 (pollution, prevention, and people) program and 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).

Stephen R. Smith

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Director, Publications and Communications, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Steve Smith is the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE’s) director of publications and communications. In this capacity, he is the publisher of technical and applied journals, magazines, and books. In terms of the Institute’s external communications, he has overseen projects such as AIChE’s Centennial in 2008 and the Institute’s involvement with the International Year of Chemistry. He supports AIChE’s public, media, and government relations, as well as Institute awards activities and AIChE’s annual fundraising gala. He also oversees AIChE’s Career Services program. Currently, Smith is also the senior staff member of the Institute's Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council.

Smith joined AIChE in 1984. He began his career in publishing with the American Management Association.

In other assignments, Smith handled public relations and visa management for General Tours, the leading American provider of travel to the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. He was an investigator in the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York’s Southern District and for the Joint Strike Force Against Organized Crime in New York’s Eastern District. He handled several high-profile labor racketeering cases for each office, with his work earning praise in Jack Anderson’s syndicated column and the pages of The Village Voice and The Nation. He also served as a special agent with the New York State Commission of Investigation.

A graduate of Fordham University’s Honors Program, where he received a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in social thought, Smith has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He has received awards for exceptional service from AIChE and previous employers.

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