The membership of the CSR reflects the breadth of the chemistry and chemical engineering disciplines and is balanced across the sectors that employ chemistry and chemical engineering, including government research funding agencies. Members of the roundtable reflect a diverse cross-section of the chemistry and chemical engineering community.
The CSR’s charter enables government representatives to serve as full members, but consequently precludes it from providing advice and recommendations. Its primary role therefore is to facilitate communication among leaders in the chemical sciences, who can in turn bring important information to the broader chemical sciences community. Typically, CSR members represent the senior chemist or chemical engineer in an organization, providing the basis for strong collaboration and cooperation among federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, professional and industry associations, universities, the chemical industry, private foundations, national laboratories, the legislature, and the executive branch.
MARK JONES, Dow Chemical
TINA BAHADORI, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
BRIAN BAYNES, MODO Global Technologies
MICHAEL R. BERMAN, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
CAROL BESSEL, National Science Foundation
MICHELLE CHANG, University of California, Berkeley
MILES FABIAN, National Institutes of Health
MICHAEL J. FULLER, Chevron Energy Technology Company
BRUCE GARRETT, Department of Energy
FRANZ GEIGER, Northwestern University
CARLOS GONZALEZ, National Institute of Standards and Technology
MALIKA JEFFRIES-EL, Boston University
JACK KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
MARY M. KIRCHHOFF, American Chemical Society
ROBERT E. MALECZKA, JR., Michigan State University
DAVID F. MYERS, GCP Applied Technologies
TIMOTHY PATTEN, National Science Foundation
ASHUTOSH RAO, Food and Drug Administration
LEAH RUBIN SHEN, Legislative Assistant/Office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
JAKE YESTON, AAAS
Mark Jones is the Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow at Dow Chemical. He joined Dow in 1990 and spent most of his career developing catalytic processes, working mainly in the area of oxidation catalysis and alkane activation in addition to fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, syngas conversion, biomass utilization, algal chemical production, technology evaluations. He currently reports directly to the Dow CTO where his responsibilities include implementation of Innovation Goals set as part of Dow’s ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, goals he had a significant hand in developing, innovation communications, and renewable chemistries. He writes for the American Chemical Society Industry Voices blog and is a frequent host of ACS Webinars, both efforts to shine a light on the great work done by industry scientists and engineers. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder in gas-phase ion-molecule chemistry
Tina Bahadori is the National Program Director for Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CSS research advances sustainable development, use and assessment of existing chemicals and emerging materials by developing and applying computational science, integrated chemical evaluation strategies, and decision-support tools. Before joining EPA, she was the Managing Director of the Long-Range Research Initiative at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Dr. Bahadori is a past president of the International Society of Exposure Science and was an associate editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. She has served as a member of several committees of the National Academies, including one that developed a research strategy for environmental, health, and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials. Dr. Bahadori received her PhD in environmental science and engineering from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Brian Baynes is the Chief Executive Officer of MODO Global Technologies. His work is at the intersection of technical possibility and commercial market need and his current research focus is on synthesis and characterization of catalytic ionomers and the use of carbohydrates in animal nutrition and human therapeutics. Previously, he has worked on methods of protein engineering, synthesis of artificial chromosomes, biosynthesis of renewable chemicals, and stabilization of therapeutic proteins against aggregation. A few of his many awards include the W. H. Peterson Award from the American Chemical Society and the Serge Timasheff Award from the University of Colorado. His research has led to over 100 patents and applications, and the formation of several startups including: Codon Devices, Celexion, Midori Renewables, Cadena Bio, and Kaleido Biosciences. Dr. Baynes received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael R. Berman is a Program Manager for Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is a staff member of the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences. He frequently participates in government review panels and advisory boards, and has been active as session chair and presenter at national and international meetings. Dr. Berman has more than two decades of experience in scientific research and management in academia, industry and government. He is the author of 35 published scientific papers and is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society and Sigma Xi.
Carol Bessel is the Acting Division Director for Chemistry at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She was awarded a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D. C. before becoming a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Villanova University. While a Professor, she received a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University to study the use of carbon nanofibers in fuel cell applications. She also took sabbatical leave at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying dissolution of copper interconnects for microchip manufacturing. Dr. Bessel started as a rotator at the NSF in August 2005 and converted to permanent federal employment in 2007. She is committed to promoting discovery in the chemical sciences, enhancing undergraduate and graduate education and broadening participation, and improving society through science and engineering. She earned her Bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Michelle Chang is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology. Her research group works at the interface of enzymology and synthetic biology and studies biological fluorine chemistry, formation of mixed-valent nanomaterials by directional-sensing bacteria, and processes involved in developing synthetic biofuel pathways. She has received many awards, including the Dreyfus New Faculty Award, TR35 Award, Beckman Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, Agilent Early Career Award, NIH New Innovator Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 3M Young Faculty Award, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry. Dr. Chang received her PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and did postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.
Miles Fabian is a Program Director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Fabian manages research grants in the areas of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, as well as institutional training grants in chemical biology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Fabian was a founding scientist at Ambit Biosciences in San Diego. Dr. Fabian received his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
Michael J. Fuller is a Completions Fluids and Stimulation Advisor at Chevron. His current role in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company (ETC) includes applications, development, and troubleshooting of fluids and materials for productivity enhancement, acid stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, drilling and completions (including sand control). His contributions span deepwater projects, unconventionals (including shale and tight-rock), and other challenging reservoir conditions. In his former roles at Schlumberger, his accomplishments comprised development, engineering, and troubleshooting of chemical products, fluids, and materials in upstream oil and gas disciplines. Michael subsequently managed an applications-laboratory team (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) supporting the Stimulation/Sand-Control operations throughout the Middle East and Asia.Through his career, Michael has produced multiple publications and patents in the areas of hydraulic fracturing (of both shale and conventional reservoirs); sand control applications and fluids; formation damage (and formation response to upstream fluids); productivity enhancement; and general drilling and completions applications and fluids. Dr. Fuller received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University.
Bruce Garrett is the Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) of the Department of Energy (DOE). His expertise is in theoretical and computational chemistry with a focus on reaction rate theory and its application to gas and condensed phase chemical reactions, gas-to-particle nucleation kinetics, and mass transfer across interfaces. He leads a team that is responsible for managing a broad portfolio of experimental, theoretical, and computational research to provide fundamental understanding of chemical transformations and energy flow in systems relevant to DOE missions. Before joining BES, he was Chief Scientist for Chemical Sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he managed the Physical Sciences Division and served as the point of contact for the PNNL BES Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences programs. His research has produced more than 220 publications, and recognition of his scientific contributions includes being named Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Garrett received a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Franz M. Geiger is a Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Most recently, he is the recipient of the 2017 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation and the 2016 Faculty Diversity Award from Northwestern University’s Graduate School. He serves as Senior Editor at the Journal of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS), as Chair-Elect of the newly established Experimental Physical Chemistry (EXP) subdivision of the ACS Physical Chemistry Division, on the Science Board of the Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC), and on the International Advisory Board of the Pacific Conference on Spectroscopy and Dynamics, (PCSD). He was the Ralph Grim Mineralogy Lecturer at the University of Illinois, the “Interdisciplinary Problems in Chemistry and Physics” Lecturer at the University of Maryland, and a Baker Lecturer at Cornell University. At Northwestern, Franz Geiger leads major collaborative research projects involving experimental and computational methods to study the special role that surfaces and interfaces play in the world. Dr. Geiger received his PhD in Chemistry at Georgetown University.
Carlos Gonzalez is Chief of the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He leads a team that provides measurement science, standards, technology, and data that enable scientists to advance chemical sciences in various research areas, including human health assessment, food science, and exposure science. He is a co-author on numerous publications that focus on various analytical and computational approaches and applications. Dr. Gonzalez received his PhD in chemistry from Wayne State University and was a postdoctoral scholar at Carnegie Melon University.
Malika Jeffries-EL is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Boston University. Prior to joining the Department of Chemistry, she was as Associate Professor at Iowa State University, most recently serving as a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT. Her research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She has authored over 30 publications, received over 2000 citations and given over 80 lectures domestically and abroad. She has won numerous awards including the 3M untenured faculty award (2008), the Emerald Honors for most promising minority scientist (2008), the Lloyd Ferguson Award from the National Organization of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (2009), NSF CAREER award (2009), and the ISU-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Diversity Award (2011). She is also a dedicated volunteer and has served in several activities within the American Chemical Society including the editorial advisory board for Chemical and Engineering News, the Society Committee on Education (SocEd), the advisory board for the Women Chemist of Color Initiative, editorial advisor board for Macromolecules, Member-at-large for the Organic Division, Program co-Chair for the Polymer division and as a counselor for her local section. Additionally she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Dr. Jeffries-El received her PhD in Chemistry from The George Washington University.
Jack Kaye is the Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. His previous positions include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ. As Associate Director for Research, Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. He represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research. He also serves as NASA’s representative to the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. He has received numerous NASA awards as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service, and named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society. He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society. Dr. Kaye received his PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
Mary M. Kirchhoff is the Executive Vice President for Scientific Advancement and the Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute at the American Chemical Society. Prior to her current role, Mary served as the Director of the ACS Education Division for 11 years. Mary taught at Trinity College in Washington, DC for nine years, serving as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. 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 holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. from Duquesne University, and a B.A. from Russell Sage College. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Robert E. Maleczka, Jr. is a Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. His research interests include the invention of “green” reactions for organic synthesis and the total synthesis of natural products. Honors bestowed on Professor Maleczka include being named an American Chemical Society Fellow, the Merck Technology Collaboration Award, the EPA’s 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Astellas USA Foundation Faculty Award, the Novartis Lecturer title at Yale University, and Mentor of the Year award from the MSU Chapter of the National Society for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). In 2006, Professor Maleczka and his collaborator Professor Milton “Mitch” Smith co-founded BoroPharm, Inc. a Michigan-based company dedicated to the preparation and commercialization of novel building blocks for pharmaceutical syntheses. Among his service and outreach roles, he has served as a Diversity Scholar in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, as an invited participant ACS/EPA Green Chemistry Market Roundtable and White House Forum, as a member and Chair of the ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry Selection Committee, and as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry. Dr. Maleczka received his PhD from the Ohio State University.
David F. Myers is the Vice President of Product Development and Technical Support for the Specialty Construction Chemicals business of GCP Applied Technologies. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, has served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Nanotechnology and North Carolina’s Economy, and is a former member of the Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems Committee of the World Energy Council. Dr. Myers is a founder of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium and has served as an observer to the Board of Directors at three technology start-ups; Avantium Technologies, Nextreme Thermal Solutions, and siXis Inc. He has served on the board of the US Department of Energy National Advanced Biofuels Consortium and the Energy Frontier Research Center on Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics at the University of North Carolina. Currently, he is a member of the Awards Committee of the AIChE and the Board of Visitors of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Dr. Myers holds more than 20 US patents related to technology for portland cement, oil well cementing, and concrete technology. Dr. Myers received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.
Timothy E. Patten is the Deputy Division Director for the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering. Previously, he served as a Program Director in the Division of Chemistry of the NSF. Before joining the National Science Foundation, he was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis. His areas of expertise are in polymer science and engineering, chemical catalysis, and inorganic chemistry, and he is author of more than 60 published scientific papers. Some of his awards include the UC Davis Mathematics and Physical Sciences Division Research Award, an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Senior Research Fellowship, and an NSF CAREER Award. He served as a Department of State, Embassy Science Fellow and worked at Embassy Santiago, in Chile. There he collaborated with CONICYT, the Chilean national science funding agency, on a project to assess the agency’s merit review processes. Dr. Patten received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ashutosh Rao is the Chief of the Laboratory of Applied Biochemistry, and a Supervisory Drug Quality Reviewer in the Division of Biotechnology Review and Research Ill at CDER/ FDA. Dr. Rao is currently responsible for the regulation of therapeutic proteins such as enzymes, monoclonal antibodies, and cytokines, and serves as an expert reviewer for biomarkers related to oncology or neuromuscular indications. He also serves on FDA working groups to develop regulatory policy on the development and validation of analytical methods during protein manufacture, novel excipients, reference standards, and on surrogate markers for accelerated approval. Dr. Rao also directs a laboratory research program in protein chemistry that investigates the structure-activity relationship between protein oxidation and drug quality, safety and efficacy. He has authored several peer-reviewed research articles and FDA regulatory policy guidance, and serves on the editorial board for Cancer Research. Dr. Rao has been recognized by awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
Leah K. Rubin Shen is a Legislative Assistant for Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), covering environment, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure policy. She previously covered energy, environment, and science and technology policy for Senator Coons as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the American Chemical Society. She received her Ph.D. in electrochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, where she studied new materials for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells and was involved in research, teaching, and consulting activities through the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry.
Jake Yeston is the Deputy Editor at Science Magazine. His responsibilities include editing and coordinating reviews for original research submissions in chemistry and overlapping segments of biochemistry and applied physics. Additionally, he also oversees the editorial group handling all research content in the physical sciences. He conducted research in ultrafast spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany on a Humboldt fellowship and then worked as a National Research Council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. Yeston received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley.