ACS Industry

Industry Highlights from the San Diego National Meeting

Blog Post created by ACS Industry on Apr 1, 2016

We’d like to start off by thanking everyone who attended the San Diego National Meeting.  The National Meeting featured a smorgasbord of activities for industry members, as pointed out by Mark Jones.  Now that the San Diego National Meeting is over, we would like to reflect on some of those industry-focused events and thank their attendees and the partners who helped put the programs together.


2016 National Chemical Technician Award Luncheon

IMG_5497.JPGThe National Chemical Technician Award was established in 1989 to recognize outstanding career achievements of exceptional technicians.  The award is administered by the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs (CTA). This year, it was presented to Brian McCauley of DuPont at CTA's spring luncheon in San Diego. The award luncheon was held at the 2016 ACS spring national meeting in San Diego, California.  “I have always felt at home in the lab,” said McCauley, during his acceptance speech, “and I am truly pleased that work I enjoy can have such an important impact on the world.”


McCauley is an associate investigator in the Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences group of DuPont Science & Innovation. Based at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del., he is responsible for new method development for new materials, and product and project development support. He joined DuPont in 2009. McCauley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Colorado School of Mines. 


Industry Networking Event


Thank you to everyone who attended for making the night a success. Over 150 people attended the Industry Networking Event at the Harbor House Restaurant in Seaport Village, including ACS Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly and Corporation Associates Committee Chair and ACS Immediate Past President Diane Grob Schmidt.  Diane addressed and welcomed the crowd before David Harwell, Assistant Director of Industry Member Programs, introduced the 2016 NCTA winner.


The event, which featured food, drink, and a raffle, was cosponsored by Corporation Associates (CA) and the Polymer Division’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB). Special thanks to Travis Baughman of DSM, Diana Gerbi of 3M, Michael Hunt of Polymaterials, and Mike Abrams of Arkema, who organized the event. 


Your EPA Questions Recorded For May Network & Learn Event

IMG_6989.JPGIf you saw a video crew filming people posing Environmental Protection Agency-related questions in San Diego, you may have been witnessing preparations for the upcoming Industry Member Programs Network & Learn program.  IMP manager Susan Ainsworth and the ACS Webinars team have been preparing a video that will feature a cadre of chemical industry consultants answering questions that are commonly asked about EPA regulations.


The video will be available in May, and will serve as a centerpiece for networking events that we invite you to host across the U.S. You provide the space, invite your guests from your local business community, and any local regulatory experts, and we will provide the content and support materials.  It’s that easy! Stay tuned for more information.




Photographs: From left to right, NCTA story: Kara Allen, Chair of CTA; Alexa Dembek, Director, Science & Innovation, DuPont; Brian McCauley, 2016 NCTA Winner, Dupont; John Gavenonis, Ph.D., CSCP Technical Manager, Dupont; and Douglas Muzyka, Senior VP and Chief Science & Technology Officer, Dupont. Industry Networking Event: Diana Gerbi, Vice-Chair of POLY and Senior Technical Manager, 3M; David Harwell, Assistant Director of Industry Member Programs, ACS; Diane Grob Schmidt, ACS Immediate Past President and Chair of Committee on Corporation Associates; and ACS Executive Director and CEO Tom Connely; N&L Filming: Michael David, ACS Webinars; Susan Ainsworth, ACS IMP Manager; and James Chao, retired IBM chemist and ACS Fellow.