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2021 Election Slate

View the election candidates personal statements in this election video or at https://youtu.be/-BlUTygCZqU

Click on the following for a PDF document featuring each candidate, their bio, and a personal statement: POLY Fall 2021 Election Slate

Candidates for Vice-Chair

Duties: Support the Chair and Executive Committee of the Division while acting as a liaison for Division Committees. Become familiar with operations of the Division to prepare for the functions of Chair-Elect and Chair in succeeding years. Serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee. Attend Executive Committee meetings and promote the interest of members, committee, and Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair oversees the Program Committee and chairs a meeting of the Program Committee at each National ACS Meeting.

Dawanne Poree (Army Research Lab.) Tomonori Saito (Oak Ridge Nat. Lab)

Candidates for Member-At-Large

Duties: Attend and participate, when possible, in all Executive Committee and Board meetings. Provide input to Executive Committee and Board on membership needs and concerns. Coordinate Membership Committee and membership affair functions. Keep Secretary well informed on possible news items for Newsletter and website on membership activities. Function as the principal communication link between the membership and the Board and the Executive Committee. Identify problems or opportunities pertaining to the membership. Actively maintain a webpage for communication of important Member-at-Large activities with the membership. Work with staff to ensure good electronic communications with the membership. Assume various other duties as directed from time to time by Division Chair and/or Executive Committee.

Katrina Knauer (NREL) Erin Murphy (Exponent, Inc.)

Candidates for Councilor

Duties: Councilors represent the Division at an ACS level. Once elected, ACS assigns the Councilor an ACS committee(s) on which to serve. The Councilors attend committee and ACS Council meetings, held during ACS National Meetings, to provide input to represent the Division. They serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee. A Councilor provides helpful feedback to Division Officers and the membership in regard to ACS level activity. POLY elects both academic and non-academic officers independently to best represent the broad interests of Division’s membership. A Councilor is typically a seasoned POLY Member or past officer who can represent the interests of our Division members at the ACS level.

Mary A. Meador (GRC-Retired) Karl Haider (Covestro, LLC)

Candidates for Alternative Councilor

Duties: During a 3 year term, be available to replace or fill in if a Councilor is unable to fulfill their duties at a National ACS Meeting. Attend POLY Executive Committee meetings and provide the Councilor’s report, if a Councilor is absent. Become informed on National and Divisional issues in order to serve as needed. Carry out specific assignments as requested by the POLY Division Chair, Councilors, or serve on committees as needed.

Laura Stratton (PCI) Yoan Simon (Univ. of S. Mississippi)


2020 Election Slate (these elections are finalized)

Click on the following for a PDF document featuring each candidate, their bio, and a personal statement: POLY Fall 2020 Election Slate

Candidates for Vice-Chair

Duties: Support the Chair and Executive Committee of the Division while acting as liaison for Division Committees. Become familiar with operations of the Division to prepare for the functions of Chair-Elect and Chair in succeeding years. Serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee. Attend Executive Committee meetings and promote the interest of members, committee and Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair oversees the Program Committee and chairs a meeting of the Program Committee at each National ACS Meeting.

Jianjun Cheng (University of Illinois) Allan Guymon (University of Iowa)
Candidates for Treasurer

Duties: This officer handles all financial affairs for the Division including, but not limited to, overseeing Division dues/renewals, process income and expenditures, file annual income taxes, submits ACS financial reports and develops, maintains, and executes the POLY Budget, which is approved by the Executive Committee. This person will solicit and collect support for POLY programs. The Treasurer provides fiscal oversight and approval of national meeting and workshop activity. He/She will oversee investment accounts and provides guidance for growth. The Treasurer serves as the direct supervisor for the POLY Business Office during a 3 year term. Serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee.

Christine Coltrain (Eastman Kodak) Erin Murphy (Exponent)
Candidates for Councilor

Duties: Councilors represent the Division at an ACS level. Once elected, ACS assigns the Councilor an ACS committee(s) on which to serve. The Councilors attend committee and ACS Council meetings, held during ACS National Meetings, to provide input to represent the Division. They serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee. A Councilor provides helpful feedback to Division Officers and the membership in regard to ACS level activity. POLY elects both academic and non-academic officers independently to best represent the broad interests of Division’s membership. A Councilor is typically a seasoned POLY Member or past officer who can represent the interests of our Division members at the ACS level.

Kevin Cavicchi (University of Akron) Kathryn Uhrich (UC Riverside)
Candidates for Alternative Councilor

Duties: During a 3 year term, be available to replace or fill in if a Councilor is unable to fulfill their duties at a National ACS Meeting. Attend POLY Executive Committee meetings and provide the Councilor’s report, if a Councilor is absent. Become informed on National and Divisional issues in order to serve as needed. Carry out specific assignments as requested by the POLY Division Chair, Councilors, or serve on committees as needed.

Johan Foster (University of British Columbia) Wei Gao (Dow)

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2019 Election Slate (these elections are finalized)

Click on the following for a PDF document featuring each candidate, their bio, and a personal statement: POLY Election Slate Fall 2019

Candidates for Vice-Chair

Duties: Serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee. Support the Chair and Executive Committee of the Division while acting as liaison for Division Committees. Become familiar with operations of the Division to prepare for the functions of Chair-Elect and Chair in succeeding years. Attend Executive Committee meetings and promote the interests of members, committees, and Executive Committee.

Semra Colak Atan (3M)

Jianjun Cheng (UIUC)

Candidates for Councilor

Duties: Serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee during a 3 year term. Councilors represent the Division at an ACS level. Once elected, ACS assigns the Councilor an ACS committee(s) on which to serve. The Councilors attend POLY Executive Committee and ACS Council meeting, held during ACS National Meetings, to provide input to represent the Division. A Councilor provides helpful feedback to Division Officers and the membership in regard to ACS level activity. A Councilor is typically a seasoned POLY Member or past officer who can represent the interests of the Division members at the ACS level.

Kathryn Beers (NIST)

Joseph Mabry (AFRL)

Derek Patton (USM)

Greg Tew (UMass., Amherst)

Candidates for Secretary

Duties: Serve as an active voting member of the POLY Executive Committee during a 3 year term. The duties of the Secretary shall be to keep minutes of all business meetings of the Division and of the Executive Committee; to conduct the business correspondence of the Division as assigned by the Chair or by the Executive Committee; to prepare and submit an annual report of Division activities to the Council Committee on Divisional Activities through the Executive Director of the SOCIETY by February 15 as required in the SOCIETY’s Bylaws; to inform each member and affiliate by regular communications, such as the semiannual Newsletter, of the business and activities of the Division; and to perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chair or Executive Committee or required by the Bylaws of the Division or the SOCIETY.

Erik Berda (UNH)

Scott Iacono (USAFA)

Candidates for Alternate Councilor

Duties: During a 3 year term, be available to replace or fill in if a Councilor is unable to fulfill their duties at a National ACS Meeting. Attend POLY Executive Committee meetings and provide the Councilor’s report, if a Councilor is absent. Become informed on National and Divisional issues in order to serve as needed. Carry out specific assignments as requested by the POLY Division Chair, Councilors, or serve on committees as needed.

Phil Castanzo (CAL POLY)

Wei Gao (Dow)

Emily Pentzer (CWRU)

Yoan Simon (USM)


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