Atlanta University Center
Monday, September 23, 2019
Atlanta University Center
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall
111 James P. Brawley Drive SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
The American Chemical Society’s premier outreach program, ACS on Campus, is coming to Atlanta University Center on Monday, September 23rd. Join us for an exciting day of publishing talks, career tips, and the latest ACS Resources you can use to grow your career. Network with local professionals and peers and make lasting connections over breaks.
You’ll hear from Prof. Robert Dickson, Senior Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry and many more!
The event is FREE and open to all students and researchers studying the sciences, not just chemistry! You do not have to be a student of Atlanta University Center Consortium to attend. To be included in breakfast we ask that you register before 12 PM EST on September 18.
Registration & Breakfast
Write it, Speak it: Effective Communications, How to Talk About Your Research
Prof. Robert Dickson, Senior Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry
Using SciFinder to Land a Job
Edwin Robinson, Account Manager, CAS
Discover Your Career with ChemIDP
Gilmar Rosas, Marketing Program Manager, Global Events, American Chemical Society
Catalysts for Success: ACS Student Chapters
Beyond the Bench: Exploring Careers Outside of the Lab Coat
Dr. Fred Meadows, Senior Manager of Oil and Gas Research and Development at Kemira Chemicals North America
Jahari Soward, MBA, CIR, ACS Career Consultant
Alicia Byrd, MBA, Product Manager, Praxair
ACS Resources to Grow Your Future
Fred Meadows, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Oil and Gas, Kemira Chemicals North America.
B.S. in chemistry from North Carolina A & T State University, Ph.D in analytical chemistry from Georgia State University.
Dr. Frederick Meadows earned a B.S. in chemistry from North Carolina A & T State University and his Ph.D in analytical chemistry from Georgia State University. After graduate school, Dr. Meadows was selected for a post-doctoral Research Chemist position at the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service-Quality Assessment Research Unit (USDA-ARS-QARU) where he did structural and chemical characterization of natural products and developed spectroscopic techniques for non-invasively predicting compositional and rheological properties. In the three years following his post-doctoral research, he worked at the USDA-ARS-QARU, Shire Laboratories, and Altea Therapeutics. He then joined Ciba Vision/Novartis (now Alcon) where he worked in management in the research and development of polymers and formulations for contact lens and lens care products. During this time, he was also an adjunct professor and developed two courses, Fundamentals of Biomanufacturing and Validation and Documentation and Quality Assurance. In 2013, he founded Valiant Youth Academy, a K-12 STEM education organization which was later sold in 2017. Starting in 2014, he became the North American R&D Analytical Manager at Kemira Chemicals where he led the development of polymers and a myriad of chemistries for applications in pulp, paper and petroleum. In 2018, he became the Senior Manager of Oil and Gas Research and Development for North America.
Account Manager, CAS
Edwin Robinson is an Account Manager for CAS based in Atlanta, GA. He is responsible for field accounts in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. Prior to CAS Edwin was employed by Chemtura Corporation where he was an Account Executive in the Polyurethane Dispersions & Urethane Specialty Chemicals Business unit. In that role, Edwin was responsible for managing North American commercial relationships for polyurethane dispersions and urethane specialty chemicals for both direct and channel partners. Prior to Chemtura, Edwin also held positions of increasing responsibility with Excel Polymers, Sherwin Williams and Ferro Corp. Edwin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Baldwin-Wallace College and an M.S. degree in Chemistry from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Business Process Value Stream Lead – Productivity Specialist
B.S. Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Spelman College MBA Chemical Engineering, GA Tech
Alicia Byrd is a graduate of the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree program with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry from Spelman College and Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Delaware. Alicia began her career in STEM with Milliken and Company, at a carpet dyeing and finishing manufacturing plant, here in Georgia. At Milliken, she focused on maintaining product quality across several products. She then moved to a different state and industry to further her career. In Louisiana at Praxair Inc., an industrial gas company, Alicia had new opportunities to increase operational efficiencies and monitor plant costs versus plant budget. Additionally, Alicia has been fortunate to experience several other functional areas in her career with Praxair including management, sales and marketing and now productivity. In her current role as a productivity specialist, her objective is to identify gaps in normal business processes and promote and execute projects that will allow the company to be more efficient and receive more revenue as quickly as possible. When Alicia isn’t working, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family.
Marketing Program Manager, Global Events
Gilmar Rosas is a Marketing Program Manager with the Global Events team at the American Chemical Society (ACS). He manages marketing and program development for the ACS on Campus program and identifies creative ways to engage with students. In this role, he develops outreach efforts designed to connect students with ACS on Campus and develop helpful and engaging programming. Gilmar joined ACS in 2018 with a background in digital marketing and program management. Gilmar holds a BA in Sociology from American University.
Jahari Soward, MBA, CIR
ACS Career Consultant
Jahari followed her lifelong passion for game-changing life sciences and career oriented businesses — a deeply personal mission heightened by her own personal journey in STEM both as a Chemist and as a graduate of J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She established My eSTEAM Kits with the mission to introduce students in grades 4-9 to STEAM careers through hands on projects and STEAM mentor matching. Within 6 months, her kits has not only impacted the lives of more than 697 students in the Atlanta community but has brought more accessibility, inclusivity and representation to STEM and has given many a whole new perspective on STEM careers. While she is actively engaged with STEM Career Education and with the future of human capital. She develops products and services that’s designed to link “all things STEAM.” She has leveraged her STEM background and strategic HR leadership experience to focus on the STEM workforce, jobs and partnerships that place a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Moreover, she has successfully placed over 1,000 professionals in STEM careers.
Robert Dickson, Ph.D.
Senior Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry
Vassar Woolley Chair in Chemistry, Georgia Tech
Robert Dickson earned degrees from Haverford College and The University of Chicago. After postdoctoral work at UCSD, he joined Georgia Tech’s faculty in 1998, where he has pioneered the development and use of silver cluster and modulatable organic fluorophores to selectively recover weak signals buried within high background. With an eye toward medical imaging, current efforts in his lab involve the development of chromophores and tailored application of modulation-based signal recovery to spy on biologically relevant processes in their native environments and big data approaches to improve and accelerate antibiotic susceptibility measurements. Professor Dickson was appointed the Vassar Woolley Chair in Chemistry in 2016 and has been a Senior Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2010.