American Chemical Society honors V. Michael Mautino with 2024 Award for Volunteer Service

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WASHINGTON, July 7, 2023 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce V. Michael Mautino as the 2024 recipient of the Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society. Mautino will deliver his award address at the ChemLuminary Ceremony at the ACS Fall 2024 meeting in Denver. 

The award is presented annually to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served ACS and contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society. 

Mautino receives the award for “his outstanding volunteerism and mentorship at all levels of the American Chemical Society.” Over his 26 years of ACS membership, Mautino has been a consistent leader of the ACS Pittsburgh Local Section. He has also served on numerous ACS national committees, chairing two, as well as having chaired the ACS Division of Chemical Technicians in the early 2000s.;

Among his many volunteer leadership accomplishments, Mautino played an integral role in creating Chemists Celebrate Earth Day in 2003. Because of the popularity and success of this program, ACS expanded it into Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, which unites ACS local sections, student communities, technical divisions, businesses, schools and individuals in communicating the positive role that chemistry plays in the world. 

His leadership, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and mentorship have benefited all ACS members he has interacted with, inspiring dozens to seek volunteer leadership positions within ACS and in their workplaces. 

A 32-year employee of Covestro LLC, Mautino held several positions of increasing responsibility, including Product Line Manager and Regional Channel Manager in the Polyurethanes NAFTA Regional Channel Management Group.

“Michael’s passion for chemistry and people makes him the perfect vessel to fulfill the objectives of the ACS,” says Michelle Ward, a lecturer and undergraduate analytical laboratory director in the department of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nominations are open for the 2025 Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society through Nov. 1, 2023. To nominate a colleague, visit the ACS National Awards page.


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