2019 Officer Bios of the Northern Oklahoma ACS

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Chad Ellis, Chair

Chad Ellis has worked for Chevron Phillips and Phillips 66 over the last 5 years in areas of novel process development, analytical science, water treatment, and catalyst development. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University for three years with Prof. Geoff Coates and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon in 2010. His research has centered around catalysis. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing with his family.


Raj Kailasam, Chair-Elect

Raj Kailasam has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Montana with a focus on contaminant removal from water systems. Prior to joining Phillips 66, Raj worked as a Sr. Scientist for Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. (formerly Sylvania); where he worked in the field of powder metallurgy, hydrometallurgy, refractory metal separations, and rare earth metals recovery. He currently works as a Research Scientist for Phillips 66 Research Center in the Water Research Group. He has experience serving in various ACS sections in the past and he hopes to serve well in the NOK-ACS section as well.


Bryant Pollock, Secretary

Since graduating from the University of Utah in 2013 with a degree in chemistry, Bryant Pollock has worked at Phillips 66 with projects/roles ranging from hydrocarbon purification to water regulations. His work has culminated in 3 patents to date. He has remained active in ACS, serving as secretary in 2017 and participating in the Science Fair and Chemistry Week programs every year. Bryant enjoys fishing and spending time with his family in his spare time.


Miranda Rine, Treasurer

Miranda joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP in 2017 after earning a BS in Chemistry from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She is a Lab Technician using multiple instruments including, LCMS/TOF and Microscopic FTIR to identify and quantify polymer resin fillers and additives. She joined ACS four years ago and has since volunteered for National Chemistry Week and judged multiple science fairs. When not at work, she enjoys working on her farm and spoiling her fur babies.


Randy Heald, Councilor

Randy has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Nebraska and is a thirty-five-year member of ACS. Randy recently retired from Phillips 66 after a twenty-nine-year career. Apart from a two-year stint at the Borger Refinery, Randy spent his career at the Phillips 66 Research Center where, beginning in 2001, he held a series of management positions. Randy has been a member of the organizing committee for the Bartlesville District Science Fair since 2006 and was the director for the last four years. From 2002 to 2006 Randy led the organizing committee for NOKACS National Chemistry Week activities.


John Hays, Alternate Councilor


John earned a PhD in Physics from Oklahoma State University in 1994,researching the linear and nonlinear spectroscopy of II-VI and III-V semiconductors. He has taught Physics and Physical Sciences at Oklahoma State University and Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University). Join joined Phillips Petroleum R&D in 1996, working in physical properties of materials, and was sent to work in the laboratory at Phillips Sweeny Refinery shortly afterwards. He returned to R&D in 2006 and worked in the area of heavy metals for several years before becoming part of Water Research. He is currently in Analytical Sciences, working in he Process Chemistry group, which assists Phillips 66 facilities with operational problems.