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Dec 5, 2017 - Sixth STEM Leadership Awards

This multiple award-winning event celbrates the leaders of today and enables those of tomorrow. Dr. Charles Brumlik, CME Chair, Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS Executive Director and CEO, and George Rodriguez, the event founder and past CME Chair. Event took place on December 5 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the NY Metropolitan Club to honor the following leaders: for Science Involvement Dr. David Skorton, Smithsonian Secretary; for Lifetime Achievement Mr. Roque Benavides, Buenaventura Chairman; for Corporate Reinvention Mr. Christopher Pappas, Trinseo CEO ; for Innovation, Dr. John Keller, Shionogi Inc. CEO. Remarks by PhD Candidate Cicely Schillingford, CME Chair Charles Brumlik, ACS CAS VP Craig Stephens and CME Vice Chair Dr. Adam Closson. Please send STEM donations by clicking on the link below:


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NEXT EVENTS (see Calendar in menu above)

Jan 10 - McKinsey - Digital Meets Chemical: Innovate or Evaporate?

At a time when the post-Cold War progress fueled by competitive markets, globalization, and innovation has lost some luster, global growth is shifting, disruption is accelerating, and societal tensions are rising. Confronting these dynamics will also help you craft a better strategy and forge a brighter future.

While the globalization of digital products and services is surging, traditional trade and financial flows have stalled, moving us beyond globalization. Digitization, machine learning, and the life sciences are advancing to redefine what companies do and where industry boundaries lie. We’re not just being invaded by a few technologies but experiencing a combinatorial technology explosion. Ensuring alignment between a company’s digital and its corporate strategy is one of the factors differentiating winners and losers – a reminder that leading today requires tough choices about big, disruptive forces.

What are the major opportunities from digital in chemicals, and what must leaders do to capture them?

Join us for a discussion on digital and the chemical-industry value chain dynamics and the patterns in its end markets, how digital could affect business processes, and the innovative business models that industry leaders must adopt to not just survive but thrive in this fast-changing environment.

Ezra Greenberg Economist and Strategist. A Senior Expert in McKinsey's center for advanced analytics in strategy, corporate finance, and macroeconomics,Ezra worked for three years at the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.

Soenke Lehmitz, is a Senior Partner with McKinsey where he uses his extensive expertise in marketing and sales to advise chemicals clients. He worked with Goldman Sachs in M&A general advisory and with BP in their civil engineering division.

Sam Samdani , PhD, is a senior industry knowledge expert at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. His responsibilities include leading the firm’s Chemicals & Agriculture Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1995, Sam worked at McGraw-Hill He holds a BS and PhD in chemical engineering.



Nov 2 - Bain: M&A Lessons from Private Equity

viroscoTom Shannon, is partner in Bain’s Chicago office and leads Bain’s Global Industrial Goods & Services practice. Tom has deep experience with all aspects of portfolio and transformational growth strategies. He has supported private equity and corporate buyers on the diligence of more than 200 businesses.

viroscoJason McLinn, partner in Bain’s Chicago office and leads Bain’s Chemicals practice in North America. He has experience in polymers, plastics, specialty chemicals, transportation, and chemical distribution. Jason mostly focused on corporate growth strategy, commercial excellence, acquisitions and post-merger integration, cost reduction, and direct and indirect procurement.

Oct 5 - ACC: Economic Outlook in Turbulent TImes

viroscoDr. Kevin Swift, Chief Economist at the American Chemistry Council, shared his outlook on the major economic trends in the business of chemistry which is the building block for everything around us, supporting almost 25 percent of the US GDP. It is vital to continued expansion, job creation, and the return of a strong domestic manufacturing sector. Dr. Swift has provided us in the past with an accurate view of the energy and housing markets.

Aug 22-23, 2017 - Journey to Mars Symposium


Event created by CME in collaboration with POLY and ACS Publications and the endorsement of 18 ACS Technical Divisions. Over 800 people attended the first ACS NASA Journey to Mars Symposium, among the highest attendance for a new topical symposium at the ACS national meeting in recent history. Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Event focused on cutting-edge developments to advance space travel and translate them into new practical knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

Mars Program

ACS 1-min Mars Symposium Promo Video

C&EN 5-min Video ACS Symposium: How chemistry will help put humans on Mars (interviews w NASA's Kavandi and Siochi, Clemson's Blenner, MIT's Swager)

DAY 1 (Tue 8/22, Industry): Technology & Jobs. Marquis Shaw

New Materials, Polymers, CNT composites. Industry Session: featuring speakers from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Corporation, Orbital ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne and GWU.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CME Lectures. Marquis Independence D/E

1Dr. J. Craig Venter, PhD, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Head of Scientific Strategy, Human Longevity, Inc. Founder of Celera Genomics, key contributor to the groundbreaking 2001 Science publication of the human genome. .

1Janet L. Kavandi, PhD, Director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center. Manages propulsion, communications, power, microgravity sciences and materials development. Astronaut. 535 Earth Orbits. 13.1 million miles. PhD in analytical chem.

1Harry B. Gray, PhD, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry at Caltech. Developed ligand field theory to interpret the electronic structures and reactions of transition metal complexes. Using cutting-edge chemistry to make oxygen from CO2 for space missions.

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm CME Leadership Awards Reception at the National Air & Space Museum (NASM). Awards Presentation honoring the lecturers. IMAX 3D film Journey to Space.

DAY 2 (Wed 8/23): Technology Innovation. Marquis Shaw.    

Energy Storage, Sensors. Aerogels, MOFs, In-situ Utilization of Martian Soil, Extraordinary control of Mars Environment.

Symposium Organizers: Michael Meador (NASA), George Rodriguez (CME), Charles Brumlik (CME)

June 1 - Use of Renewables in Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals market estimate is USD 1,3 Trillion by 2024. .

viroscoJames Virosco, is Vice President in Nexant's Energy and Chemicals Advisory consulting practice including basic petrochemicals, polymers, and specialty chemicals. He was a Research Engineer at Union Carbide. B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from MIT, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

casconeRon Cascone, is a Principal in the Energy and Chemicals Advisory at Nexant, Inc. and a leader in bio-renewables, waste disposal and bio-based processing including by gasification, fermentation, pyrolysis and chemical conversion. BS in chemical engineering at Manhattan College and Columbia University.

May 4 - Latinamerican Outlook

Identify the opportunities created by the growing Latin American population estimated to reach one billion people by mid-century.

Lourdes Cassanova, PhD, Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School at Cornell. Ranked as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. A Fulbright Scholar, she worked at leading universities such as UC Berkeley, Cambridge, Oxford, and Zurich. Directed executive programs at INSEAD. Author of ‘Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals’ and articles in business journals.

Marcos Troyjo, PhD, co-founder of BRICLab at Columbia University, where he teaches international affairs. He is an op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil´s biggest circulation newspaper, and a regular commentator for CNN en Español, Huffington Post and Financial Times. He authored the books Trading Nation: Power & Prosperity in the 21st Century.

Danil Kerimi, Director of the Center for Global Agenda at World Economic Forum USA. Prior to joining the WEF in 2008, Danil Kerimi worked with the United Nations. Danil led WEF’s engagement with governments and business leaders in Europe and Central Asia. Since 2011, he has been in charge of data, digital ecosystem, ICT and competitiveness, and hyperconnectivity.

George Rodriguez (moderator), a growth and innovation advisor. Senior executive roles at Nagase America,, Asahi Glass, Pfizer. Past CME Chair. Propelled CME into the largest topical group at ACS. Co-founder of ACS Peru, CME Leadership Awards and the ACS NASA Symposium on the Journey to Mars. Highest honors in both B.S. Chemical Engineering, and M.S. Industrial Management..

March 2 - CVC: Manufacturing Reinvention

Tom Kichler, Partner and US Head of Industrials and Energy at CVC. Previously, worked at One Equity Partners (JP Morgan), Citigroup CIB (Salomon). Board of Directors at Anchor Glass, and he served at the Boards of East Balt, PeroxyChem, Sonneborn Refined Products, Columbian Chemicals. BSE, Wharton School.

February 2 - Loreal, IFF: Cosmetics Innovation

Michael White, Assistant Vice President of Creative Fragrance Development at L’Oreal USA, .has 30 years in the personal care industry in quality, formulation, and creative fragrance development. Mike has worked for Gillette and has created fragrances for nearly every personal care category in body application.

Dennis Maroney, Perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances which he joined in 2001. Previously, he was Perfumer at Shaw Mudge and Co. and Kato Worldwide Ltd. He was President of the American Society of Perfumers. BS in Psychology and Chemisty.

January 11 - Industry outlook: fresh start for manufacturing renaissance?

Ezra Greenberg Economist and Strategist. A Senior Expert in McKinsey's center for advanced analytics in strategy, corporate finance, and macroeconomics,Ezra worked for three years at the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.

Sam Samdani , PhD, is a senior industry knowledge expert at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. His responsibilities include leading the firm’s Chemicals & Agriculture Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1995, Sam worked at McGraw-Hill He holds a BS and PhD in chemical engineering.

November 3 - Royal Adhesives M&A for Growth

Theodore Clark is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC, a global top six manufacturer of adhesives and sealants for the transportation, assembly and construction industries and is also Board member of MPD Laboratories and Nusil a silicone manufacturer. He has been President and Chief Executive of PRC-Desoto , Burke Industries and has led Royal Adhesives LLC since its founding in 2003.

October 6 - WR Grace Sharp Strategic Focus

Fred Festa joined Grace as President and COO in 2003, became CEO in 2005, and Chairman in 2008. He completed 22 acquisitions and guided Grace through the longest Chapter 11 process.  Festa served in senior positions at Morgenthaler Private Equity Partners, ICG Commerce, AlliedSignal and GE.

September 8 - Sustainable Packaging: What's Next?

Emile Homsi, Ph.D., LLM, is currently the SABIC Global leader for The Polymer Application Technology Group. Emile has worked for Honeywell, BASF and DSM. He was Americas VP of Research and Technology for DSM.

Matt Morrison, DFES, MBA, is the SABIC Americas leader for Corporate Sustainability. He worked as a research scientist and team lead at the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development. He has a PhD Forestry and Environment, MS in Chemistry, and an MBA.

Tamal Ghosh , PhD, is an expert in polymer engineering for Sustainable Packaging, Bio-derived Polymers, Polymer Composites, and Barrier Coatings. He has two decades of global industry experience at Engelhard, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and PepsiCo.

June 2 - NNI 2.0 The Future of USA Nanotechnology

Michael A. Meador, PhD, is Director of the National Nanotechnology coordination Office (NNCO). NASA Glenn Research Center Chief of the Polymers Branch (1988 to 2011). He led a NASA-industry-academia project under the Space Technology Mission Program.

Rajiv Banavali, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Advanced Materials. He has worked with new low-global-warming-potential Solstice refrigerants, blowing agents, solvents and aerosols as part of Performance Materials and Technologies.

Qinghuang Lin, PhD, Research senior manager at IBM Watson Research Center. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 80 granted patents with 70 patents pending. He is the editor of 6 books and the author of over 60 technical papers. He is the Chair of the ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) division.

May 5 - 2016 Latin America Outlook

Federico Mennella, Managing Director & Head of Lincoln’s International Global Chemical practice. Led Chase's Chemical and Industrial M&A advisory . Worked at Peter J. Solomon, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, Lazard, Oppenheimer and Arthur Andersen.

Renzo Merino, Analyst, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. Has covered the credit of the Inter-American Development Bank, Panama, Ecuador, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. Country Risk Analyst at BMI.

Moderators: George Rodriguez and James S. Rosenstein, Executive Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.

April 7 - 2016 Biotech Outlook

Michael King, PhD, is Michael King Jr is a Managing Director and senior research analyst in biotechnology . Prior to joining JMP, he worked at Dawson James Securities, Rodman & Renshaw, Ziopharm Oncology and Wedbush Securities.

Nathan Tinker PhD, has been Executive Director of New York BIO since 2007. He has worked at Sabin Vaccine Institute Cancer Vaccine Consortium and Antenna Group.  Dr. Tinker was Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the NanoBusiness Alliance. 

Paul Pospisil, PhD, is a Senior Client Partner, Global Life Sciences at Korn Ferry. He recruits CEOs, CFOs, CTOs and other key executives. Co-founder of Aduro Capital LLC. He has worked at Atlas Venture, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Altus Biologics.

Mar 9 - Accelerating Growth through Distribution

The global chemical distribution channel is large, fragmented and will grow faster than the $3.4 trillion global chemical value chain .

J. Erik Fyrwald Univar CEO since May 2012. He was President of Ecolab; CEO of Nalco, and Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of DuPont. Serves on the board of Eli Lilly, Amsted Industries, The SCI, and The Field Museum. BS ChE.

Feb 4 - Sparking the Senses: From Flavor to Table

Ken Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Voss of Norway ASA. Ken has over 35 years experience with companies such as A&W Brands, G. Heileman Brewing, Cadbury Schweppes, and Mystic Beverages. Ken was CMO of the Snapple Beverage Group. 

Kay Murano, PhD, Flavorist at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). She is a member of the Creative and Applications team. Dr. Murano holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers.

January 7 - 2016 Economic Outlook, ACC, R. Fry

Kevin Swift, PhD, is a Managing Director and Chief Economist at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, VA, where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, and competition and innovation. 

Robert Fry, PhD, is Principal at Robert Fry Economics where he analyzes the global economy to help decision-makers at manufacturing companies and wealth management firms. He was an award-winning Senior Economist at DuPont. 

December 8 - CME ACS Awards

November 5 - DB: Driving Growth through M&A

Adam Abramson, is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. 14 years experience in the chemicals investment banking and over $75 billion of advisory and capital transactions. Advised Trinseo on its IPO. Involved in the acquisition of Celanese by Blackstone, and the JV of Americas Styrenics by Dow and ChevronPhillips Chemical. Sell-side: OM Group to Apollo and Platform Specialty Products, Rockwood's Pigment business to Huntsman, Ocean Nutrition Canada to DSM, Solutia to Eastman Chemical, Lyondell Chemical to Basell, Ashland’s Electronic Materials to Air Products.

October 1 - What is Next in Crop Science

Jay Vroom, has been president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA) since 1989. CLA lobbies for the benefits of crop technology in enhancing food, fiber and renewable fuel production, and advocates for science-based regulations.  He brings agency experience, plus environmental science knowledge from the U. of Illinois. 

Iain Kelly, Ph.D. is Research Fellow and Director of Regulatory Policy at Bayer CropScience in RTP.  With more than 30 years' experience, his primary responsibility has been coordinating a range of bee health related topics.  He is the immediate past chair of CropLife America's Pollinator Team.

September 9 - Shaping the Future at Chemours

Mark Vergnano is CEO of Chemours, arguably the most significant spinoff of the legendary DuPont in the last half century. The Chemours is in a unique position to re-invent the nature of the formerly known Chemicals & Fluoroproducts and Titanium Technologies businesses of DuPont. Speech Audio/PPT and Press Release

June 4, 2015 - Specialty Chemicals: A New Paradigm for Consumers, Naterials and Life Science

Speaker: James Mish leads Ashland’s global Consumer Specialties business, a leading provider of personal and household care, pharmaceutical, and nutritional specialty chemicals. Mish has integrated the International Specialties Products (ISP) and Ashland consumer businesses to achieve improved growth, innovation and customer experience.


May 7, 2015 - Latin American Outlook

Analysis of the opportunities created by the new trade dynamics and the growing Latin American population estimated to reach one billion people by mid-century. Moderator: George Rodriguez.

Mauro Leos, Vice President and Sr. Credit Officer, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He is the Regional Credit officer for Latin America. He was Managing Director for Latam at Wharton Econometrics. Graduate in finance from U. of Wisconsin and ITES de Monterrey.

Christian Perlingiere, Associate Director, Latin America, Veracity Worlwide. He analyzed political, social, environmental, and reputational risks linked to major mining projects. Graduate from Georgetown and U. of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Alberto Ramos, is head of the Latin America Economic Research team in the Global Investment Research Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003. He worked at the IMF for six years.He earned an MA and PhD in Economics and taought at the U. of Chicago.

Mark Gross is a Managing Director at Dominick & Dickerman, an investment bank.  He was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Brazil at Standard Chartered Bank and Country Officer for the American Express Bank International.  He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business.

April 2, 2015 - Japan-USA: Regenerating the World of Medicine

Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass Central Research. Former Managing Director of the ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells..

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for R&D at NYSCF. Since 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation has created the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS and reprogrammed pancreatic cells. Genetic models of diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases of human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Lab .

October 2, 2014 - Huntsman: Transforming the World of Advanced Materials

James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials. With annual sales over $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, this Division of Huntsman is aligning global resources with attractive growth markets in aerospace, adhesives, high-performance coatings, power generation, green electronics and large-scale engineering projects.

September 10, 2014 - Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialty Chemicals

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North America. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

July 12, 2013 - Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.