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AIChE Leadership

Elected by the members, AIChE's board of directors is comprised of dedicated professionals with backgrounds as varied as our industry.

Pictured above: Front row from left: Joseph Smith, Deborah Grubbe, Monty Alger, Kimberly Ogden, and Rosemarie Wesson. Behind from left: Ana Davis, Linda Broadbelt, Kristi Anseth, Brian Davison, Lori McDowell, Ann Lee, David Sholl, Timothy Olsen, June Wispelwey (AIChE Executive Director and CEO), Cato Laurencin, Peter Lodal, Marianthi Ierapetritou, and Erin Kane.

2020 AIChE Board of Directors

The AIChE Board of Directors is comprised of officers—the current president, past president, president-elect, and treasurer, secretary, and 12 directors. Charged with advancing AIChE's aspirations, the board meets regularly with operating councils, a variety of AIChE entities, and sister societies. In addition, they maintain active correspondence with individual members. If you’d like to contact the Board of Directors, please e-mail Heather Yuengling, Board Assistant Secretary at

2020 Officers

Monty Alger, President

Monty Alger is a professor of chemical engineering at the Pennsylvania State Univ., where he is Director, Institute for Natural Gas Research. See bio

Deborah L. Grubbe, President-Elect

A registered PE, she is a former Chair of the Law Enforcement and Ethics Committee of the Delaware Board, has consulted with NASA on safety culture after the Columbia Shuttle Accident... See bio

Kimberly Ogden, Past President

Kimberly Ogden is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Energy Solutions at the Univ. of Arizona. She is part-owner of Ogden and Associates, LLC. See bio

Joseph D. Smith, Secretary

Joseph D. Smith works at Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology and leads Elevated Analytics, LLC as Chief Technology Officer. As an AIChE leader, he previously served as the Institute’s Treasurer (2017) and Director (2014–2016). See bio

Rosemarie D. Wesson, Treasurer

Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dr. Rosemarie D. Wesson joined the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Visiting Scientist/Engineer on leave from The Dow Chemical Company. See bio

Kristi Anseth, Director

Kristi Anseth is Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Faculty Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the Univ. of Colorado. See bio

Linda J. Broadbelt, Director

Linda Broadbelt is Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE) and Associate Dean for Research of Engineering at Northwestern University. She was Chair of the Department of ChBE from 2009-2017. See bio

Ana P. Davis

Ana Davis heads Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) in North America for Syngenta, a global agriculture company. She manages their corporate HSE programs, which include active ingredient manufacturing, product formulation, seeds operations, and commercial sales. See bio

Brian Davison, Director

Brian Davison is Chief Scientist for Biotechnology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He is also the Chief Science Officer of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE’s) new Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and the previous BioEnergy Science Center. See bio

Marianthi Ierapetritou, Director

Marianthi Ierapetritou is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. See bio

Erin N. Kane

Erin Kane is president and CEO of AdvanSix Inc., a fully-integrated manufacturer of nylon 6, established in 2016. She was named to lead AdvanSix as it was spun off from Honeywell to become an independent company, following more than a decade of advancing leadership roles. See bio

Cato Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin is the 8th University Professor in the University of Connecticut’s history. An AIChE Fellow, he was named one of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era by AIChE. See bio

Ann Lee

Ann Lee is Head of Cell Therapy Development and Operations at Celgene, which acquired Juno Therapeutics where she was Executive Vice President of Technical Operations. See bio

Peter Lodal

Peter N. Lodal is a Technical Fellow in Global Health, Safety, Environmental and Security Services at Eastman Chemical Co., a global leader in specialty chemicals. See bio

Lori McDowell

Lori McDowell is currently Director of Business Development for Matheson, with responsibility for growing the refining, chemicals, and energy sectors. See bio

Timothy Olsen

Tim Olsen is a refining consultant within the global refining industry solutions group where he supports Emerson Process Management’s technical and business strategy.  See bio

David S. Sholl

David Sholl is the John F. Brock III School Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a role he has held since 2013. See bio

Operating Councils

AIChE’s three operating councils are leading the Institute’s efforts to realize the three elements of AIChE’s aspirational statement: Providing value as the global leader of the chemical engineering profession, as the lifetime center for professional and personal growth and security of chemical engineers, and as the foremost catalyst in applying chemical engineering expertise in meeting societal needs.

The operating councils work with the various entities that make up AIChE—divisions, forums, committees, local sections, student chapters, etc.—to assure that they are aligned with the needs of the members and with each other.

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