Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
The Ohio State University
Umit Ozkan received her Ph.D from Iowa State University in 1984 and joined the OSU faculty in 1985.
She has edited five books, written over 200 refereed publications and book chapters, and has five patents, all in catalysis area. She has held many leadership positions in professional organizations. She served as the Co-chair of the Continuing Symposia in Catalysis for the ACS Colloids and Surface Chemistry Division (1994–2000), member of the Board of Directors of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of AICHE (1996–1999, 2008–2011), President of the ACS, Petroleum Chemistry Division (2002–2003). She was the Secretary for NACS (2000–2009). She is on the Editorial Boards of Catalysis Today, Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Catalysis Book Series, Applied Catalysis B, and Catalysis Reviews. She is one of the Meeting Chairs for the 23rd NAM to be held in Louisville in June 2013. She is a fellow of the AAAS, AICHE, and ACS.
Professor Ozkan is the recipient of many national and international recognitions among which are the ACS Energy and Fuels Distinguished Researcher Award (2012), John van Geuns Lectureship Award at the Van’t Hoff Institute at the University of Amsterdam (2010), Iowa State University, Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (2010), AICHE Mentorship Excellence Award (2009), Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (2007), the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award (2002), Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society Outstanding Research Award (1998), French C.N.R.S. Fellowship (1994–95), and Keck Foundation Excellence in Engineering Education Award (1994).
If elected, Dr. Ozkan will focus her efforts on increasing the involvement of young researchers and graduate students in North American Catalysis Society and bringing other related communities such as those of biocatalysis and electrocatalysis into the NACS fold.
Senior Research Chemist
Projects and Technology
Michael Reynolds conducts research in catalysis development for oil conversion and hydro-processing. He has worked on heavy oil conversion, catalyst synthesis, and pilot plant design. Mike is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.S.) and Iowa State University (Ph.D.). Prior to joining Shell he was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Illinois – Champaign. Mike is an active member of the catalysis community. He has held regional office in the Southwest Catalysis Society (SWCS) as a Director (2003–2009), Chair (2011), and Past-Chair (2012). His other activities have included: Poster session co-Chair for the 20th NAM in Houston, TX; Organizer and Chair for the 2011 SWCS meeting honoring Jack Lunsford; Editorial Review Board for ACS Energy & Fuels; Past Area II Representative for the ACS Petroleum division; Current Area II Representative for ACS Energy and Fuels division (executive member). In addition, Mike has co-authored 8 publications and over 20 patents in catalysis or related areas of research. He has also organized, chaired and presented in several symposia at SWCS and ACS meetings over the past several years.
Why I would like to campaign for Director-at-Large.
Over the past several decades the NACS has done a great deal in its campaign to further the global development and outreach in catalysis for the industrial and academic communities. I would like to utilize the Director-at-Large position to develop programs aimed at mentoring students and furthering their development as future scientists and leaders. Students rarely are exposed to the industrial side of chemistry and engineering and they would benefit from programs that bridge that gap. One example would be to work with the Board of Directors to increase educational opportunities that provide undergraduate and graduate students with a stipend or award to work in the chemical or petrochemical industries. This could be established through summer internships and fellowships. A similar project could be created for high school students interested in the science and engineering fields. These are some of the goals that I would like to accomplish as an NACS Director-at-Large.
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Fabio Ribeiro is a member of the Michigan Catalysis Society and the Catalysis Club of Chicago. He served as President of the New England Catalysis Society (NECS) 1997 – 1999 and was the host of the semiannual meetings of the NECS in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1996 to 2002. He served as Chair for AIChE’s Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division (2010) He was co-Chair of the Kokes Award Committee for the 22nd North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. He organized 15 symposia for NACS, ACS and AIChE. He is Editor for Journal of Catalysis.
For the past 24 years I have worked in catalysis in industry and mostly in academia. My research interests are in the kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions and catalyst characterization under reaction conditions. From past service to NACS, ACS and AIChE, I am familiar with our catalysis community. Our field has recently enjoyed a resurgence in interest from the realization that it will be a major enabler in the transformation of the vast reserves of natural gas to chemicals and fuels. I believe we can grow our membership and attract the best young people to work in catalysis. If elected, I will help NACS to continue to promote our field.