Gerald A. Lessells Gerry Lessells is a past director and 65-year member of AIChE. He earned his BS in chemical engineering practice from MIT, and his career in the chemical process industries included many years as Technical Director for thePrinting Ink Div. of J. M. Huber Corp. He is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and from AIChE he has received the Award for Service to Society and the Van Antwerpen Award for Service to the Institute. In 2015, MAC presented Lessells with its Pioneer Award in recognition of his contributions as an advocate for diversity within AIChE; as co-founder of the original Task Force on Minority Youth Career Guidance; and as the Institute’s first minority affairs coordinator.