American Chemical Society honors Mary Engelman with 2021 Award for Volunteer Service

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that Mary Engelman will receive the 2021 Award for Volunteer Service. This award is presented annually to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served ACS by contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society. Engelman is being honored for her efforts in increasing public awareness of chemistry, mentoring young scientists and leading Society activities.

Engelman, who retired in 2019 after 28 years with the Eastman Chemical Company, has been a member of ACS for 16 years and an active volunteer since 1991. During this time, she has been involved in many Society activities and committees, particularly in the areas of professional development, undergraduate career opportunities and the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. She has served as the chair of the ACS Northeast Tennessee Local Section and the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs, a role in which she helped raise the profile of applied chemical technology professionals within ACS and across the chemistry community. She also served as vice chair of the ACS Committee on Nominations & Elections and is currently a councilor for the ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division.

“Mary’s exemplary service has been recognized at the local, regional and national levels of ACS,” says Dawn Mason, Ph.D., global external innovation manager at Eastman Chemical Company. “She has assisted countless people as a career consultant and provided leadership wherever she has served, and her involvement has enhanced the value of the ACS to its members.”

In addition to her leadership and service across the chemistry community, Engelman was named an ACS Fellow in 2009 and has served as an ACS career consultant since 2004. She is considered an expert in industrial research, having authored several articles on chemical technology and innovation in addition to holding eight patents. Beyond her career in science, she served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 10 years.

“Mary is the epitome of what it means to be an outstanding volunteer,” says D. Richard Cobb, retired from the Eastman Kodak Company. “She embodies the spirit of volunteerism in her efforts to increase public awareness of chemistry and to promote science to students of all ages. Her many accomplishments and years of service to ACS make her uniquely qualified for this award.”

As part of her award, Engelman will deliver the keynote address at the ChemLuminary Awards ceremony during the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting & Expo in Atlanta.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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