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Willie May, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Morgan State University

Dr. Willie E. May serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University.. Prior to Morgan, May served as Director of Major Research and Training Initiatives for the College of Computer, Mathematical and the Natural Sciences, University of Maryland College Park.

May previously served as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.. May began as a bench Chemist and went on to work at every management level within the organization. His personal research activities focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds. This work is described in more than 90 peer-reviewed technical publications. He has given more than 250 invited lectures at Conferences and Symposia around the world.

May, until very recently, maintained several senior leadership responsibilities in addition to those at MSU. Until March 2019, he wasVice President of theInternational Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM); President of the CIPM’s Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology;Executive Board Member for the Joint Committee on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM), andVice-Chair of the U.S. National Commission on Forensic Sciences. 

He still serves on the Board of Directors for Consumer Reports, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, and the Science and Technology Advisory Board’s for the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and China’s National Institute of Metrology.

May earned his B.S in Chemistry from Knoxville College and his Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.

May hasnumerous honors and awards including but not limited to: the American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry Award; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Award; and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers’ Percy Julian Award.

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Professor Kimberly A. Prather, Ph.D. 

Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry,  Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Scripps Institution of Oceanography Distinguished Professor

Professor Kimberly A. Prather is the Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Distinguished Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, San Diego.

Prather has authored over 200 publications in a wide range of scientific journals. A primary focus of her research involves understanding how aerosols impact climate, with an emphasis on their role in modifying clouds and precipitation processes.

Prather invented a technique known as aerosol time-of- flight mass spectrometry (ATOFMS) that allows one to continuously measure the size and chemical composition of individual aerosol particles. This instrument is being used in atmospheric field studies worldwide to determine the major sources of atmospheric aerosols which are impacting human health, air quality, and climate.

She is the founding Director of the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE), an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation. CAICE has transferred the full complexity of the ocean-atmosphere system into the laboratory to investigate how phytoplankton, bacteria, and viruses in the ocean influence atmospheric chemistry, clouds, and climate.

She has received numerous honors for her research including, but not limited to, being elected into the National Academy of Engineering (2019) and the National Academy of Sciences (2020). She is an elected fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Geophysical Union, and Association for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences.

A major effort in the Prather group involves unraveling the impacts of humans and how they are affecting climate and ocean ecosystems. As part of this, as co-PI on an NSF funded project, Prather is involved in building the Scripps Ocean Atmosphere Research Simulator (SOARS), a state-of-the art wind-wave channel that will be able to reproduce ocean conditions (winds, temperature) with unprecedented accuracy. This new system will enable scientists to explore how pollutants from human activities alter the chemistry of the ocean and atmosphere.

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Carlonda R. Reilly, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kennametal

Dr. Carlonda R. Reilly joined Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in September, 2018.  As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Reilly leads a worldwide organization of over 1,000 in Research, Development, Engineering and Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Systems at Kennametal, delivering science-based advanced materials, tooling and wear-resistant solutions to various industries.  Additionally, Dr. Reilly serves on the Board of Directors for W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board for Kennametal Shared Services Private Limited.

Prior to joining Kennametal, Dr. Reilly had a 22-year career with the DuPont Company, where she held successive global R&D, manufacturing, marketing and business leadership roles.  She has cultivated a deep expertise throughout her career in developing and commercializing technology innovations which have proven to deliver significant value and growth.

Dr. Reilly holds a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware all in chemical engineering.  She is also a Harry S. Truman Scholar.  Dr. Reilly is sought out as a motivational speaker, panelist and mentor, and is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM careers.  She serves on the Advisory Board for the Carnegie Science Center and is a member of the Board of Directors for St. Vincent College and the University of Delaware Research Foundation.  She also enjoys volunteering as an Executive Mentor to mid-career corporate leaders for The Advanced Leadership Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.


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A.N. Sreeram

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

A.N. Sreeram is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Dow, where he focuses on accelerating new product commercialization through strategic collaboration with Dow’s businesses and customers.

Sreeram leads a vibrant R&D organization at Dow focused on step-change technology development aligned with market demand. Under Sreeram’s leadership, Dow transformed its innovation approach, significantly growing high-throughput experimentation and analysis capabilities extending from material discovery and processing through to application development. .

Products developed at Dow under Sreeram’s tenure received many awards for innovation and sustainability, including Edison Awards, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge and R&D 100 Awards, of which Dow has won more than any other company for each of the last seven years. Sreeram served as Vice President of R&D for Dow Advanced Materials prior to assuming his current role. He joined Dow in June 2006 as Vice President of Core R&D, driving innovation in a number of key market segments, including automotive, infrastructure and health. He led the adoption of high-throughput technologies to accelerate the R&D process, while lowering costs and increasing product successes.

Prior to joining Dow, Sreeram served as the Global Technology Director and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Technology for Cookson Electronics, and, before that, he led the Electronic and Flat Display Program for Sarnoff Corporation.

Sreeram served on the White House’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) advising the President on matters of science, technology, education and innovation policy. Sreeram holds more than 20 U.S. patents, earned his doctorate degree from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and his master’s degree in Glass Science from Alfred University where he currently serves as a member of Board of Trustees. He is also a graduate of the ceramics engineering program at the Indian Institute of Technology – BHU.

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