2019 Board of Directors

AIChE’s Board of Directors for 2019: Front row from left: Joseph Smith, Christine Seymour, Kimberly Ogden, Monty Alger, Rosemarie Wesson. Behind from left: June Wispelwey (AIChE Executive Director and CEO), Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Lee, Billy Bardin, Lori McDowell, Timothy Olsen, Ana Davis, Al Sacco, Kristi Anseth, David Sholl, Kate Gawel, Erin Kane. Not shown: Marianthi Ierapetritou, Cato Laurencin.
AIChE’s Board of Directors for 2019: Front row from left: Joseph Smith, Christine Seymour, Kimberly Ogden, Monty Alger, Rosemarie Wesson. Behind from left: June Wispelwey (AIChE Executive Director and CEO), Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Lee, Billy Bardin, Lori McDowell, Timothy Olsen, Ana Davis, Al Sacco, Kristi Anseth, David Sholl, Kate Gawel, Erin Kane. Not shown: Marianthi Ierapetritou, Cato Laurencin.

2019 AIChE Board of Directors

Officers

Kimberly Ogden, 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.

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Monty Alger, President-Elect

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

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Christine Seymour, Past President

Christine Seymour is a director in Global Regulatory Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls at Pfizer Inc., where she leads the regulatory strategy and implementation for a portfolio of projects across all phases of drug development, commercial applications and established products.

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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).

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Rosemarie D. Wesson, Treasurer

Rosemarie (Rose) Wesson is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering in The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of the City Univ. of New York.

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Directors

Kristi Anseth

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

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Billy B. Bardin

Operations Technology Director at The Dow Chemical Co. (Freeport, TX), where he leads technology and innovation for manufacturing and engineering and has responsibilities for all commercialized technologies. Billy joined Union Carbide/Dow R&D in 2000 as leader of alternative feedstocks and high throughput heterogeneous catalysis research.

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Ana P. Davis

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

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Katherine (Kate) Gawel

Kate Gawel is a product developer for the North American biscuit group of Mondelez International (East Hanover, NJ), where she works closely with marketing, operations, and packaging to create new products for the company’s $1.2 billion club, multipacks, and immediate consumption business, including iconic brands such as OREO and Ritz.

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Marianthi Ierapetritou

Marianthi Ierapetritou is Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers Univ. She has 25 years of research experience in process systems engineering, more than 200 journal publications, has graduated 22 PhD students...

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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.

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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. 

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Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Lee

Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Lee is a chemical engineer at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research (Annandale, NJ). She has a BS in chemical engineering from MIT (1982) and attended North Carolina State Univ. as a G.E.M. scholar, graduating in 1984 with an MS in chemical engineering and a minor in science education.

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Lori McDowell

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

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Timothy Olsen

Tim Olsen is an AIChE Fellow and has 27 years’ experience in the refining industry, of which 19 years have been with Emerson Automation Solutions.

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Al Sacco, Jr.

Professor Sacco received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University; and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He was appointed and served as the George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University from 1997-2010 when he became the Dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering in 2011.  

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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. He has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech since 2008, after being on the chemical engineering faculty at Carnegie Mellon Univ. from 1998–2007. 

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