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PMSE Officers, Councilors, and Volunteers

The Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division is a part of the American Chemical Society and governed by the bylaws, which can be found on the ACS website (pdf).

A list of officers, councilor and alternative councilors, members-at-large, and the rest of the Executive Committee Volunteers are listed below. See the list of former chairs and chair messages here.


Megan L. Robertson


University of Houston

Cristina Thomas


3M Company

Dhriti Nepal

PMSE Secretary

Air Force Research Laboratory

Jennifer L. Schaefer


University of Notre Dame

Dominik Konkolewicz


Miami University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Daniel Savin

Past-Chair 2023

University of Florida

Technical Programming

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YuanQiao Rao

Technical Programming Committee

Davita Watkins
Ohio State University

Technical Programming Committee

Joshua Orlicki
Joshua Orlicki
U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

Technical Programming Committee

Administrative Staff

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Eileen Ernst
Eileen Ernst
Admistrative Assistant

Councilors and Alternative Councilors, and Members-At-Large

Councilors and alternative councilors are listed with their three year terms.

NameAffiliationEmailCouncilors Term
Dean WebsterNorth Dakota State University[Email]2021-2023
A. Jay DiasFormely ExxonMobil[Email]2022-2024
Julie L. P. JessopMississippi State University[Email]2022-2024
Christopher L. SolesNIST[Email]2023-2025
VacantAlternative 2021-2023
John W. GilmerKing University[Email]Alternative 2021-2023
Michael JaffeNJ Innovation Institute[Email]Alternative 2022-2024
Michael S. SilversteinTechnion-Israel Institute of Technology[Email]Alternative 2023-2025

Members-at-large are listed by their years of membership and their primary affiliation.

NameAffiliationEmailMembers At Large Term
Padma GopalanUniversity of Wisconsin[Email]2022-2023
Christian PesterThe Pennsylvania State University[Email]2022-2023
Rafael VerduzcoRice University[Email]2022-2023
Enrique GomezThe Pennsylvania State University[Email]2023-2024
Hyunki Kim3M Corporate Research Laboratory[Email]2023-2024
Matthew WebberUniversity of Notre Dame[Email]2023-2024

Award and Fellowship Selection Committees are listed on their respective pages.  Volunteers are listed by their PMSE role and their primary affiliation.

Award CommitteeNameAffiliationE-mail
ACS Fellowship Selection Co-ChairMeisha ShofnerGeorgia Institute of Technology[Email]
Distinguished Service Award, ChairQinghuang LinLam Research Corporation[Email]
Cooperative Research Award, ChairHoward Creel3M Center[Email]
Distinguished Service AwardDean WebsterNorth Dakota State University[Email]
Distinguished Service AwardBenny FreemanUniversity of Texas at Austin[Email]
Doolittle AwardAlexa S. KuenstlerUniversity of Illinois[Email]
Doolittle AwardRachel A. LetteriUniversity of Virginia[Email]
Doolittle AwardAdrianne M. RosalesThe University of Texas at Austin[Email]
Doolittle AwardAbhishek RoyNational Renewable Energy Laboratory[Email]
Eastman Chemical Student Award ChairKelly BurkeUniversity of Connecticut[Email]
Eastman Chemical Student AwardJohn W. GilmerKing University[Email]
Eastman Chemical Student AwardThomas HahnShurTape[Email]
Eastman Chemical Student AwardJason JenkinsEastman Chemical Company[Email]
PMSE Fellowship SelectionGustavo A. CarriExxonMobil Technology & Engineering Co.[Email]
PMSE Fellowship SelectionVivek PrabhuNIST[Email]
PMSE Fellowship SelectionShu YangUniversity of Pennsylvania[Email]
PMSE Global Graduate Student/Mentor Award Co-ChairMichael J. A. HoreCase Western Reserve University[Email]
PMSE Global Graduate Student/Mentor Award Co-ChairLaShanda KorleyUniversity of Delaware[Email]
PMSE Graduate Student Travel Award Chair, ACS Fellowship Selection Co-ChairDaniel SavinUniversity of Florida[Email]
Roy W. Tess AwardJamil BaghdachiEastern Michigan University[Email]

Award and Fellowship Selection Committees are listed on their respective pages.  Volunteers are listed by their PMSE role and their primary affiliation.

By-LawsMalancha GuptaUniversity of Southern California[Email]
Finance & InvestmentCristina Thomas3M Company (Retired)[Email]
Finance & Investment Chair; Symposium FundingA. Jay DiasFormely ExxonMobil[Email]
MACRO (Macromolecular Alliance for Community, Resources, and Outreach)Bhavya SinghiZeus Industrial Products, Inc.[Email]
MACRO (Macromolecular Alliance for Community, Resources, and Outreach) Co-ChairPhilip CostanzoCalifornia Polytechnic & State UniversityDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry[Email]
MACRO (Macromolecular Alliance for Community, Resources, and Outreach) Co-ChairElizabeth S. SternerLebanon Valley College[Email]
MembershipRong YangCornell University[Email]
MembershipRafael VerduzcoRice University[Email]
Davita WatkinsOhio State University[Email]
PMSE Corner ChairBindu KrishnanThe Dow Chemical Company[Email]
PMSE CornerEileen ErnstPMSE[Email]
PMSE CornerHee Jeung OhPennsylvania State University[Email]
PMSE CornerHyunki Kim3M Corporate Research Laboratory[Email]
PMSE CornerEnrique GomezPenn State University[Email]
PMSE CornerAbhishek SheteDow[Email]
PMSE CornerSamanvaya SrivastavaUniversity of California – Los AngelesDepartment of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering[Email]
PMSE CornerHuaxing (Daniel) ZhouEvonik[Email]
PMSE/POLY Student ChaptersKaitlyn CrawfordUniversity of Central FloridaDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering [Email]
Volunteer PipelineJason BenkoskiThe Johns Hopkins UniversityApplied Physics Laboratory[Email]
Volunteer PipelineLaura BradleyUniversity of Massachusetts[Email]
Volunteer PipelineRobert HickeyPenn State University[Email]
WebinarMichael S. SilversteinTechnion-Israel Institute of TechnologyDepartment of Materials Science &[Email]
WebinarRachel A. LetteriUniversity of VirginiaDepartment of Chemical Engineering[Email]
Webinar ChairDominik KonkolewiczMiami UniversityDepartment of Chemistry & Biochemistry[Email]
WebmasterPeter JohnsonSABIC[Email]
Young Polymer Scientist & EngineerLuis CamposColumbia UniversityDepartment of Chemistry[Email]
Young Polymer Scientist & EngineerJamie M. GarciaIBM Almaden Research Center[Email]
Young Polymer Scientist & EngineerMelissa A. GrunlanTexas A & M UniversityDepartment of Biomedical Engineering[Email]
Young Polymer Scientist & EngineerEmily PentzerTexas A&M University[Email]
Young Polymer Scientist & EngineerChristian PesterThe Pennsylvania State UniversityDepartment of Chemical Engineering[Email]

Liaisons to other committees within ACS and outside of ACS are listed here.

Liaison ToNameAffiliationEmail
ACS Multidisciplinary Program PlanningEva HarthUniversity of Houston[Email]
Biotechnology (BTEC Secretariat)Jamil BaghdachiEastern Michigan University[Email]
International Advisory Committee Co-ChairMichael S. SilversteinTechnion-Israel Institute of Technology[Email]
International Advisory Committee Co-ChairZhihao ShenPeking University[Email]
Liaison to the Biomaterials SocietyErin LavikUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County[Email]
Liaison to the Rubber DivisionRichard SpontakNorth Carolina State University[Email]
Macromolecular (MACR) SecretariatJavid RzayevUniversity at Buffalo[Email]
Representative to the Soft Matter AssociationTim BunningAFRL[Email]
YCC Liaison to PMSEBhavya SinghiZeus Industrial Products, Inc.[Email]


Timothy BunningAir Force Research Laboratory[Email]
Adam B. BurnsExxonMobil Research & Engineering[Email]
Kevin CavicchiUniversity of Akron[Email]
Elizabeth Cosgriff-HernandezUniversity of Texas[Email]
Honggang CuiThe Johns Hopkins University[Email]
Cher DavisNIST[Email]
Chris EllisonUniversity of Minnesota[Email]
Todd EmrickUniversity of Massachusetts[Email]
Nagarjuna GavvalapalliGeorgetown University[Email]
Jaime C. GrunlanTexas A & M University[Email]
Zhiqun LinNational University of Singapore[Email]
Kenny MineartBucknell University[Email]
Anjali PatilChanel, Inc.[Email]
Theodore ProvderPolymer and Coatings Consultants, LLC[Email]
Chad SnyderNIST[Email]
Christopher M. StaffordNIST[Email]
Bryan D. VogtThe Pennsylvania State University[Email]