LEADS Conference Speakers

Makola M. Abdullah

Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

President, Virginia State Univerisity

Makola M. Abdullah, PhD is the 14th President of Virginia State University. Prior to his appointment as president of Virginia State University, Dr. Abdullah served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL (2013-2016), provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, FL (2011-2013), and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL (2008-2011). Dr. Abdullah is a Chicago native who earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering and his doctorate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He is the youngest African American to receive a PhD in engineering. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and he and his wife, Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, PhD, are the proud parents of a son, Mikaili, and a daughter, Sefiyetu.

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Jay Amarasekera, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Senior Technology Manager, SABIC Ventures

Dr. Jay Amarasekera is a Senior Technology Manager at SABIC Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, which ranked among the world’s largest petrochemicals manufacturers. Prior to this role, Jay served as a Technology Manager for the Performance Chemicals and Innovative Plastics business units. Before SABIC, he served in many managerial positions in General Electric’s former Plastics and Silicones businesses both in the USA and China. Prior to joining GE, Jay worked as a Research Scientist in BASF Corporation's Colorant & Coatings and Performance Chemicals divisions. Jay holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt.

Edgar Arriaga

Edgar Arriaga, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Northey Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Dr. Edgar Arriaga (He/him/él)  is the Northey Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. After earning a “Licenciatura” (BSc.) degree at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in 1985, Edgar completed a PhD in Chemistry from Dalhousie University in 1990. After two postdoctoral appointments, one at the University of Kansas Medical Center and one at the University of Alberta, he reaffirmed his commitment to an academic career. Edgar joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1990. His research on bioanalytical chemistry, supported through NIH, has been unveiling mysteries hidden by the innate heterogeneity of biological systems. Edgar  has successfully mentored postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the USA and around the world. He also advocates for excellence in mentoring through his multiple professional roles including director of the Functional Proteomics in Aging NIH training grant, co-leader of the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Diversity & Inclusivity (D&I) Alliance, Consultant for the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and chair of the Graduate School Advisor Board (GSAB).

Michelle Brooks

Michelle Brooks, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, American Chemical Society

Michelle Brooks is Senior Manager in the Education Division at ACS, where she works on global undergraduate chemistry program recognition and support. She received her PhD in physical chemistry from Michigan State University, followed by a National Institutes of Health funded post-doctoral appointment at Columbia University. Prior to coming to ACS, she held academic positions at a small teaching college, a primarily undergraduate institution, and at a research university. She is passionate about undergraduate education and preparing STEM students for a wide variety of careers. In her spare time, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher with over 500 hours of training, including a specialization in teaching Curvy Yoga and she currently teaches in Washington D.C.  She also enjoys biking, kayaking, and playing with her two basset hounds, Boo Radley and Scout.

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Angela Byars-Winston, Ph.D. | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Angela Byars-Winston is a tenured Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Director of Research and Evaluation in the Center for Women’s Health Research, Associate Director of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, and a Faculty Leader in the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research all at the UW. She studies cultural influences on academic and career development and in research mentoring relationships, largely in the sciences, medicine, and engineering. Dr. Byars-Winston is Principal Investigator in the National Research Mentoring Network leading the Culturally Aware Mentoring initiative through the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Byars-Winston’s work has been recognized nationally by the White House and as an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She was an appointed member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Higher Education and Workforce (2015-2020) through which she served as chair of the 2019 consensus study report, The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEM.

Bibiana Campos Seijo

Bibiana Campos Seijo, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Editor-in-Chief, Chemical & Engineering News

Bibiana Campos Seijo is an editor, publisher, and media executive currently working as the Editor-in-Chief of Chemical & Engineering News. Originally from Galicia, Spain, she studied chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela and then moved to Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK to pursue her PhD. Bibiana Campos Seijo joined C&EN in December 2014 after living in the UK for 17 years. During that time she earned a BSc in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. She also gained experience in the publishing industry while working at a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the European Respiratory Society and Advanstar Communications. In her spare time she enjoys powerlifting and holds a world record in deadlift for her age and weight class.

Thomas M. Connelley

Thomas M. Connelley, Jr., Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Chief Executive Officer, American Chemical Society

Thomas M. Connelley, Jr., PhD is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chemical Society. Prior to joining ACS, he served as Chief Science and Technology Officer, and then as Chief Innovation Officer for the DuPont Company. In these roles, he was responsible for science and technology with special emphases on polymer science, chemical process development and, later, bioprocessing for chemical synthesis and production. At DuPont, Connelly led R&D organizations and businesses while based in the US, Europe and Asia. He graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge. Connelly was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and recently chaired the National Academies Advisory Committee on Earth and Life Studies. He has served in advisory roles to the U.S. Government and the Republic of Singapore.

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Theresa Dankovich, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Cofounder of Folia Water Inc

Dr. Theresa Dankovich has a PhD from McGill University in Materials Chemistry, where her PhD thesis was the invention of a green method for producing nano-silver particles on cellulosic fibers for antimicrobial applications, such as affordable water filters. Following two postdoctoral positions at the University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as field testing of these water filters in several countries including South Africa, Bangladesh, Honduras, Indonesia, and Ghana, Dr. Dankovich co-founded the startup company Folia Water Inc. in 2016, where she advanced the technology to a commercial product and adapted it to new applications. Her work has received wide press coverage as “The Drinkable Book,” both a guide for how to clean your drinking water and also a means to do so. At Folia Water she leads its technology scale-up, R&D, quality control, and product development. Dr. Dankovich has one patent granted and several patents pending.

Ashley Donovan

Ashley Donovan, Ph.D.

Director of Strategy Development, American Chemical Society

Ashley Donovan (she/her) serves as Director of Strategy Development for the American Chemical Society. She previously worked in ACS’ Education Division, where she led a faculty development program to support chemists at two- and four-year higher education institutions. Ashley received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2014. Ashley ran across the United States in 2014 and ran from Washington, D.C. to the ACS Fall Meeting in Philadelphia in 2016. More recently, Ashley has transitioned to competing in trail ultramarathons (50-100 miles). Ashley is a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Montgomery County and spends approximately 30 hours per week responding to fire and medical emergencies.

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Professor, Departments of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair and a Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her development of CRISPR-Cas9 as a genome-engineering technology, with collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, earned the two the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doudna is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, senior investigator at Gladstone Institutes, and the President of the Innovative Genomics Institute. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Doudna is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and has received numerous other honors. Doudna’s work led TIME to recognize her as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in 2015 and a runner-up for “Person of the Year” in 2016. She is the co-author of “A Crack in Creation,” a personal account of her research and the societal and ethical implications of gene editing.

Luis Echegoyen

Luis Echegoyen, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Robert A. Welch Chair Professor of Chemistry, University of Texas, El Paso

Luis Echegoyen has been the Robert A. Welch Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso since 2010. Previously, he was the Director of the Chemistry Division at the National Science Foundation from 2006 until 2010, and was simultaneously a Professor of Chemistry at Clemson University in South Carolina. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003 and has been the recipient of many awards. He was selected as an ACS Fellow in 2011 and was the first recipient of the ACS Award for Recognizing Underrepresented Minorities in Chemistry for Excellence in Research & Development, also in 2011. He has been the editor in chief of the Journal of Physical Organic Chemsitry since 2010. Luis was born in Habana, Cuba and spent his formative years in Puerto Rico. He received a BS in Chemistry and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Luis maintains active research collaborations with researchers in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and all across the US. 

LaTrease E. Garrison

LaTrease E. Garrison, MBA SPEAKER

Chief Operating Officer, American Chemical Society

LaTrease E. Garrison received her BS in chemistry from Howard University and completed her MBA degree at Strayer University, where her research focused on succession planning for non-profit organizations, and a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. She joined ACS in 1992 as a Program Assistant for Chemical & Engineering News magazine. In 1996 she moved to the Education Division, where she held several positions including Senior Program Manager of Undergraduate Programs. In 2005 Ms. Garrison was appointed to the position of Special Assistant to the Director of the Education Division. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Member Communities/Department of Volunteer Support and Director of the Administrative and Programmatic Technology group and the Professional Advancement Team. She has also served as staff liaison to various ACS Committees and Task Forces and is a trained facilitator for courses within the ACS Leadership Development System. In January 2022, LaTrease was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the American Chemical Society.

Carmen Valdez Gauthier

Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Ph.D.

Chair, Chemistry and Physics Department, Florida Southern College in Lakeland

Carmen Valdez Gauthier earned her PhD in Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire and her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Dr. Gauthier is the Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Her general area of research is in the field of supermolecular chemistry and she has presented scholarly papers internationally on various aspects of her research. Dr. Gauthier has taught in a college preparatory school, a community college and liberal arts colleges. The majority of her higher education career has taken place in predominantly undergraduate institutions. She has served as a faculty member, as a department chair, director of the Honors Program, and faculty representative to the New England Board of Higher Education. 

Nancy Goroff

Nancy Goroff, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Retired, Stony Brook University

Nancy Goroff is retired from Stony Brook University, where she was a Professor of Chemistry for over twenty years and served as Department Chair. She also served on the Steering Committee for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and was Chair of the ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board. Nancy has an AB from Harvard University and PhD from UCLA, and her research probed the interface between organic chemistry and materials science, especially in the area of organic semi-conductors. In 2019, Nancy left Stony Brook to run for public office. Nancy is a co-founder of the Long Island Strong Schools Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy organization. She and her husband live on Long Island, where they enjoy sailing, hiking, and baking, and she has two adult children.

Roald Hoffmann


Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, EmerituS, Cornell University

Roald Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Złoczów, Poland. Having survived World War II, he came to the U.S. in 1949 and studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard Universities (PhD 1962). Since 1965 he has been at Cornell University, now as the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus. He has received many of the honors of his profession, including the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with Kenichi Fukui). At Cornell, Hoffmann taught introductory chemistry half of his time while also doing outreach to the general public: he was the presenter of a television course in chemistry titled "The World of Chemistry," shown widely since 1990. As a writer, Hoffmann has carved out a land between science, poetry, and philosophy, through many essays, five non-fiction books, three plays and seven published collection of poetry, including bilingual Spanish-English and Russian-English editions published in Madrid and Moscow.

Corrie Y. Kuniyoshi

Corrie Y. Kuniyoshi, Ph.D.

ACS Student Experiences Manager, American Chemical Society

Corrie Y. Kuniyoshi, PhD manages the ACS Student Experiences Office which houses the Project SEED and ACS Scholars programs. Dr. Kuniyoshi is the PI for the NSF-Funded grant Impact Indicators and Instruments for the Individual Development Plans which studies IDP efficacy. She has over 16 years of experience at American Chemical Society (ACS) in career and professional development. During her tenure at ACS Dr. Kuniyoshi led efforts in the development of ACS’ IDP process theoretical framework, ChemIDP.org, and GPChemist.org and additionally created a number of career and professional development programming for graduate students through mid-career STEM professionals. Dr. Kuniyoshi is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. When she is not working she likes to play strategy based games with her kids and jog near the ocean.

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Jonathan Levine, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Cofounder and CEO of Folia Material

Dr. Jonathan Levine has a PhD from Columbia University in earth and environmental engineering where he worked on water in Africa and billion tonne disposal of carbon dioxide under deep oceans. He is the cofounder and CEO of Folia Materials which has a patented green manufacturing process that uses paper mills as giant nanofactories to make low-cost mass market products with paper instead of plastic. Folia's coated paper is used to make microwave food packaging, antiviral face masks and a 20 cent water purifier that is the world's first water purifier for pennies and not dollars and is currently sold in Bangladesh.  Commercialization partners are multinational product and distribution companies with the country-scale reach needed to achieve billion-person impact and $1B revenue.

David MacMillan


James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University

David MacMillan received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Glasgow, where he worked with Dr. Ernie Colvin. In 1990, he began his doctoral studies with Professor Larry Overman at the University of California, Irvine, before undertaking a postdoctoral position with Professor Dave Evans at Harvard University in 1996. He began his independent career at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 before moving to Caltech in 2000 as the Earle C. Anthony Chair of Organic Chemistry. In 2006, Dave moved to Princeton University as the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry. He served as Department Chair from 2010–15, and is currently the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry. Dave shares the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Benjamin List for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.

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Willie May, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

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

Dr. Willie E. May currently serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University. Prior to joining Morgan State, Dr. 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. Dr. May previously served as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. He began as a bench chemist and his personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds. Dr. May earned his B.S in Chemistry from Knoxville College and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. His numerous honors and awards include: Honorary Doctorate from Wake Forrest University and the University of Alabama Huntsville; the American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry Award; the American Chemical Society’s Public Service Award; the Department of Commerce’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Awards; 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.

Matt Mio

Matt Mio, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Detroit Mercy

Matt Mio earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after earning his BS in Chemistry from University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI. Currently, he is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at his alma mater, Detroit Mercy. He is interested in and has published/presented research work in the discovery of new transition metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of phenylacetylenes for the generation of carbon-rich nanomaterials. His own undergraduate experience and postdoctoral studies at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) cemented in him a love of teaching at the undergrad level. Over the last 10-plus years, he has worked with ACS Education on undergraduate programming at National Meetings and policies to benefit undergraduate ACS members. He loves to motivate students to learn and coaching them in their learning. In his spare time, he loves to read, decorate for Halloween, and follow the Detroit Tigers baseball team.

Teri W. Odom

Teri W. Odom, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

 Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department, Northwestern University

Teri W. Odom is the Joan Husting Madden and William H. Madden, Jr. Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. She is serving her second term as Chair and previously was appointed as a Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry. She is the first woman in the department to be promoted through the ranks from Assistant Professor to Full Professor. Odom is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical and physical properties. Select honors and awards include: the RSC Centenary Prize; the ACS National Award in Surface Science; a Research Corporation TREE Award; a U.S. Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship; a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University; an NIH Director's Pioneer Award; the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award; the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the ACS; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Odom was founding Chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and founding Vice-Chair of the GRC on Lasers in Micro, Nano, Bio Systems. She was an inaugural Associate Editor for Chemical Science and founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics. She is Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters.

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Carlonda R. Reilly, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Kennametal

Dr. Carlonda R. Reilly is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Kennametal Inc where she leads a worldwide organization of over 1,000 in research, development, engineering and advanced integrated manufacturing systems. 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. Dr. Reilly holds a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and a M.S. and PhD 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.

Joerg Schlatterer

Joerg Schlatterer, Ph.D.

ACS Student and Postdoctoral Scholars Development Office, Amerian Chemical Society

Joerg Schlatterer leads the ACS Student and Postdoctoral Scholars Development Office. Dr. Schlatterer studied chemistry in Berlin and received his PhD in Heidelberg (Germany) in 2003. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida before moving on to become a research associate and subsequently a faculty member in biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Schlatterer published more than 16 peer-reviewed articles and filed 4 patents and patent applications. At Einstein, Dr. Schlatterer also co-created and directed the Career and Professional Development Program for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers. Dr. Schlatterer worked as Assistant Dean of Faculty Professional Development at Columbia University Medical Center before joining the National Science Foundation in 2014 as a National Science Foundation Program Director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Joerg joined the American Chemical Society to lead the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Office in 2017.

Lori Spangler

Lori Spangler, Ph.D.

ACS Career Consultant 

Lori Spangler completed her Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at Ohio State University and joined the agricultural chemicals research and development organization at Rohm and Haas company, working in both process chemistry and discovery roles. Lori made a mid-career move to the pharmaceutical sector, joining Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2001. At Bristol-Myers, Lori worked in R&D as a process chemist, team leader, project leader, tech transfer leader and director of project management, leading people, teams and global projects. Throughout her career, Lori has been passionate about developing the careers of other scientists. Additionally, Lori has been an ACS Career Consultant for 11 years, offering personalized consulting to help chemists succeed, wherever they may be in their careers. 

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A.N. Sreeram, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

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 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. Prior to joining Dow, Sreeram served as the Global Technology Director and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies, 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 in New York where he currently serves as a member of Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of the ceramics engineering program at the Indian Institute of Technology – BHU in Varanasi, India.

James Fraser Stoddart


Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, head of the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University 

Sir James Fraser Stoddart, FRS FRSE FRSC, is a British-American chemist who is Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry and head of the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in the United States. He works in the area of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. Stoddart has developed highly efficient syntheses of mechanically-interlocked molecular architectures such as molecular Borromean rings, catenanes and rotaxanes utilizing molecular recognition and molecular self-assembly processes. He has demonstrated that these topologies can be employed as molecular switches. His group has even applied these structures in the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). His efforts have been recognized by numerous awards including the 2007 King Faisal International Prize in Science. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Ben Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage in 2016 for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

Angela K. Wilson

Angela K. Wilson, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

2022 ACS President
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, and Director of the Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering, Michigan State University 

Angela K. Wilson is a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, and Director of the Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering (MSU-Q) at Michigan State University.  She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry at Eastern Washington University and her PhD in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  From 2016-2018, she led the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation.  Angela has been a member of ACS since 1989.

Sonia Zárate

Sonia Zárate, Ph.D. | SPEAKER

Program Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Sonia Zárate, PhD, is a Program Officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Past-President of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and a Master Facilitator for the National Research Mentoring Network and Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). In all of these positions, she leads national efforts to ensure that science is able to benefit from the potential that diversity holds. Prior to her current appointment at HHMI, she was the Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of San Diego, Adjunct Faculty at Miramar Community College and the Associate Director for the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences at UCLA. Sonia holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.


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