Visioning Workshop Participants

These visioning workshop participants were chosen based on their particular skills and expertise in the field of green chemistry. Individuals selected for this workshop are not only strategic thinkers with experience bridging the gap between academia and industry; they also represent the diverse needs of the green chemistry community.

The selection process focused on ensuring that perspectives from five key categories would be present: green chemistry thought leaders, green engineering thought leaders, green chemistry community leaders and networkers, green chemistry implementers and practitioners, and industrial chemists and engineers. 

Dr. David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the author of seven books and over 200 papers, primarily in the areas of urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. His development of environmental educational materials for engineering curricula and for the University’s core curriculum has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and the State of Texas. He has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and from 2012 to 2015 chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.  He has won teaching awards at the University of Texas and UCLA and the Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education, from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment and serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.

Eric J. Beckman, Professor of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Co-Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Beckman is a Presidential Green Chemistry Award winner (2002) and currently heads a research group examining the use of molecular design to solve problems in green product formulation and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering. He co-founded the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, has published over 175 papers, and has received more than 40 US patents.  

Ed Brush is professor of chemistry at Bridgewater State University, where he teaches organic and green chemistry, and engages undergraduate students in green chemistry research.  He is the faculty coordinator of Project GreenLab, an interdisciplinary outreach initiative engaging students and educators from BSU, 4-year and community colleges, high schools and middle schools in projects that apply the Principles of Green Chemistry in research, curriculum development and outreach education. Ed also serves on the advisory board for the Green Chemistry Commitment.  Ed received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from King's College (PA), and Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from Penn State University.

Amy Cannon holds the world's first Ph.D. in Green Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is currently the co-founder and executive director of Beyond Benign, a non-profit organization dedicated to green chemistry education. Amy worked as an Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of Outreach and Community Education at the Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell until September of 2007 when she left to co-found Beyond Benign. Amy has industrial experience working as an analytical chemist for the Gillette Company and as a scientist for Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. She was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry in 2004 as well as the 2012 EPA New England Environmental Merit Award. At Beyond Benign, Amy runs regular professional development workshops for educators, designs green chemistry curriculum, and collaborates with educators and professors to advance green chemistry in K-12 and higher education. 

John Frazier served as the Senior Director of Chemistry for Nike, where he sought to deliver more from less by focusing on closed loops, greener chemistry, climate stability, water stewardship, and thriving communities. His duties included the development, deployment, and oversight for a variety of sustainability and product stewardship programs for the company. These included the Restricted Substance list (RSL) and Sustainable Chemistry Guidance, the Global Water Quality Program, and the Green/Healthier Chemistry Program at Nike. Mr. Frazier has over 20 years of experience, serving product engines in aerospace and athletic footwear, apparel and equipment, as well as environmental programs, through materials and process engineering and chemistry applications. He frequently provided supply chain training and presented at chemistry and water symposia, raising the environmental awareness of consumers, industry, students and young scientists. 

Dr. James E. (Jim) Hutchison joined the faculty at the University of Oregon (UO) in the fall of 1994. He now holds the Lokey-Harrington Chair in Chemistry. His research interests are in green chemistry, materials chemistry and nanoscience. He led the development of the UO's nation-leading curriculum in "green" (environmentally-benign) organic chemistry, launched the university’s pioneering Center in Green Nanoscience and is a member of the Governing Board of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. He is a member of the leadership team for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and founded, and now directs, the ONAMI’s Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI). He is the author of more than 110 refereed publications, three book chapters and a text book ("Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools and Laboratory Experiments").

Mary M. Kirchhoff is Director of the American Chemical Society Education Division, which serves learners and educators by building communities and providing effective chemistry education products, services, and information.  She received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and joined the Chemistry Department at Trinity College in Washington, DC, in 1992.  She began working in green chemistry as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Environmental Fellow and Visiting Scientist with the U.S. EPA's green chemistry program.  Mary joined the American Chemical Society in 2001, serving as Assistant Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute for three years before moving to the Education Division.  Mary was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2006.  

Dr. Iraj Nejad has been a Professor of Chemistry at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) since 1992. During his tenure at Mt. SAC, Dr. Nejad led the complete conversion of the college’s organic laboratory curriculum to “green” as a result of his sabbatical project. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Nejad served as a Program Officer with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). He has implemented new pedagogies such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in his teaching, and has incorporated technology-based instruction utilizing computational modeling and NMR spectroscopy in his courses. His projects include a grant from the NSF Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program to purchase an Anasazi FTNMR to incorporate NMR spectroscopy into the chemistry curriculum, a grant from the NSF Scholarships in STEM program to support STEM students and initiate a successful collaborative research program with UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, and an award from the NSF Advanced Technological Education program to develop a Math and Science Teacher Training program at Mt. SAC.


Mahmood Sabahi spent five years as assistant professor of chemistry in Kerman, Iran with a focus on teaching and research in the field of Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine. After teaching both in Iran and at the University of Arizona he joined the synthesis group at Albemarle Corporation R&D and retired as an R&D executive in April 2013. While at Albemarle, Sabahi received a Life Time Achievement Award for leadership in educating technical, business, and management about Green Chemistry & Engineering and implementing green metrics in process evaluations. He has recently designed and taught a course at Louisiana State University, “Fundamentals and Challenges of Sustainable Chemical Industry.” Sabahi holds 34 U.S. patents, a number of World Patents, and 16 academic publications.

Jane E. Wissinger was employed as a research scientist at Rohm & Haas Company for five years before beginning her academic career at the University of Minnesota in 1992.  Wissinger’s teaching and research interests focus on the development of curriculum materials for the college and high school levels that exemplify modern green chemistry methodology, advances in sustainable polymers, and guided-inquiry pedagogy.  These new experiments have been incorporated on campus, in local public schools, and shared nationwide through presentations and publication.  Her contributions to education were recently recognized with a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor award (2014).