2011 AIChE IYC Gala

November 15, 2011

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Benefitting Water and Energy Initiatives

The U.N. General Assembly declared 2011 the “International Year of Chemistry” to promote a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of people everywhere and the achievements of Marie Curie and the contributions of women to chemistry and chemical engineering. To learn more, visit chemistry2011.org.

AIChE's IYC Gala is one of the culminating events of an unprecedented year-long celebration of chemistry and chemical engineers. The gala will serve as the primary fundraising vehicle for its new energy and water initiatives, two focal points at the heart of the International Year of Chemistry.

Participation in the gala will build bridges among technology-based businesses and their partners in finance, law, and consulting. We look forward to celebrating chemical engineering's contributions to the world and helping meet the worlds future challenges.

AIChE is honoring corporate executives whose leadership has been key to the success that chemical engineers have had in meeting society’s needs in energy, healthcare, food, materials, and the environment.

In Support of Energy

In mid-2010, AIChE formed the Center for Energy Initiatives. The Center helps engineers and scientists, working from multiple perspectives, to network, cross-fertilize and integrate ideas to advance energy efforts across the board.

In Support of Water

In November 2010, AIChE launched its Water Initiative to advance chemical engineers’ contributions to helping a broad range of industries make the most of the water we have today, without risking tomorrow’s supplies.


Marvin O. Schlanger

Marvin O. Schlanger is Chairman of the Board and former CEO of CEVA Group, plc, a $9 Billion international logistics supplier and is a principal in the firm of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries.

Sheri McCoy

Chief Executive Officer, Avon Products INC.

Sheri S. McCoy is the former Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson. She was responsible for the Pharmaceutical and Consumer business segments. She was named to this role in December 2010. She previously led the Company’s Surgical and Pharmaceutical businesses.Sheri began her...

Stephanie A. Burns

Board of Directors, Corning Incorporated

Dr. Burns has nearly 30 years of global innovation and business leadership experience. Dr. Burns joined Dow Corning in 1983 as a researcher and specialist in organosilicon chemistry. In 1994, she became the company’s first director of women’s health. She was elected to the Dow Corning Board of...

Emil Jacobs

Vice President of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

In 1978, Emil joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company (ER&E) as a research engineer at their development laboratory in Baytown, Texas.  He held various technical positions in synthetic fuels and petroleum processing R&D. He also had assignments as site operations manager and leader...

Gala Dinner Chairs: 

John Y. Televantos

Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners
John Y. Televantos is a Partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on the specialty industrial, healthcare and specialty financial service sectors.

Monty M. Alger

Director, Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Monty Alger is the Director of the Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prior to Penn State, he was vice president and chief technology officer with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. responsible for R&D.

He worked 23 years at General...

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation
S. Shariq Yosufzai is Vice President for Global Diversity, Ombuds, and University Affairs of Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2013.