Nancy Jensen is the leader of the ACS Office of Research Grants of the American Chemical Society and a program manager for the Petroleum Research Fund. Her career spans several endeavors including academic research, industrial research, patent law and secondary school teaching. Her scientific research activities focused in the areas of synthetic organic chemistry and mass spectrometry. In the industrial setting, she led efforts in establishing and implementing a then state of the art four-sector mass spectrometry facility center for a Fortune 50 company with multiple consumer products subsidiaries.
Dr. Jensen earned B.S. and M.S. in Education degrees from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in analytical biochemistry/ mass spectrometry under the direction of Prof. Michael Gross, and pursued a postdoc in surface science mass spectrometry at the University of Pittsburg with Profs. David Hercules and Jack Sharkey. As an outgrowth of her very successful industrial career, her employer sent her to law school that led to the award of a J.D. degree in 1997. She then practiced patent law for 10 years before joining ACS.