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August 4, 2003
Volume 81, Number 31
CENEAR 81 31
ISSN 0009-2347



Allan S. Myerson has started as senior vice president and provost. He is also Philip Danforth Armour Professor of Engineering. Myerson joined IIT in January 2000 as dean of Armour College of Engineering & Science. He has edited five books and published 125 papers on crystallization and related areas and serves as an associate editor of Crystal Growth & Design. Myerson earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia.


Richard D. DiMarchi has retired from Eli Lilly & Co. and accepted a tenured professorship as the Jack & Linda Gill Distinguished Chair in Biomolecular Science at Indiana University. He will teach and pursue his research in the structure-activity relationships of macromolecules while maintaining a continuing relationship with Lilly as a Visiting Lilly Scholar. He joined Lilly in 1981, after earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, and conducting postdoctoral studies in peptide chemistry at Rockefeller University, New York City.



Shammai Speiser, who is Joseph Israel Freund Chair in Chemistry at Technion--Israel Institute of Technology, has been elected president of the society. He joined the department of chemistry at Technion in 1973 and served as the department chairman from 1991 to 1994. Speiser has also spent short periods as a guest professor at universities in Germany, the U.S., Australia, and Japan. He received a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Technion.


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Steve Hartig has been promoted to president of the company. He held several sales and marketing positions with DuPont before joining the global DSM organization in 1990. After serving as vice president of sales, marketing, and R&D for DSM Engineering Plastics, Hartig joined DSM Desotech in 1999 as vice president of marketing. Hartig holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Patrick Niels is the new vice president of fiber-optic materials. Previously business manager of polyesters for DSM Coating Resins in Zwolle, the Netherlands, Niels joined DSM Desotech when it acquired Gist-Brocades in 1998. He had held various sales and marketing positions with Gist-Brocades since 1991. Niels received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Nyenrode, the Netherlands Business School, and an M.B.A. from Emory University, Atlanta.


Neil Crain, a Pavilion employee for six years, has been promoted to vice president of product development. Under his leadership as product manager since 2001, the company's development team has released more products than at any other time in the company's history. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering, an M.S. in environmental engineering, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.

Kami Sefidrou has joined Pavilion Technologies as a senior consultant serving the polymers industry. He recently spent six years with Aspen Technology in management and consulting roles for the chemicals and polymers industries. In addition, he has worked at Novacor Chemicals, Syncrude Canada, and Bahrain Petroleum Co. Sefidrou holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Swansea College, in Wales.

Ian Steele has been hired as vice president of strategic development. He brings more than 40 years' experience in manufacturing automation, 16 of which were spent as engineering manager at Fonterra Co-operative Group (formerly Anchor Products), in New Zealand. In 1995, he introduced the first advanced process control and optimization solution into that country. Steele is considered a pioneer in the field of control and automation technologies in the consumer goods industry.


Christine Karas has been hired as general manager for the Americas at Victrex USA, Greenville, S.C. She comes from GE Capital Transportation International Pool Intermodal Services, where she was vice president of sales. She began her career at GE in 1985 as a development engineer at GE Global Research. In 1996, she became regional manager for GE Polymerland, and in 1998 she was leading the commercial quality organization for GE Polymerland, Americas. Karas earned a B.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Jim Lassiter has joined ChromaDex, Santa Ana, Calif., as director of consulting and regulatory services. Lassiter has 25 years' experience in regulatory affairs for the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, and natural products industries; 14 of those years were spent at Nutrilite, a division of Amway. Lassiter earned a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in biochemistry (analytical methods) from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.

Paul Richmond has started as business development manager at Onyx Scientific, Tyne and Wear, England. He comes from the BOC Group, where he was responsible for strategic innovation and new business development. Richmond holds a first-class B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Teesside, in England, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Durham University, in England.

Mark Swain has joined MarChem Pacific, Orange, Calif., as senior sales representative. He has worked in the sales, technical, and engineering areas of the polyurethane industry for more than 20 years. He formerly owned Urethane Engineering and managed the urethane operations of ITW's Plastiglide Division. Swain holds a B.E. in electronic engineering from Pennsylvania State University and studied chemistry at the University of California, Long Beach.

Raman Trikala has been appointed business team leader for sealants and director of e-business at Wacker Chemical, Adrian, Mich. After joining Wacker India in 1994 as sales manager, Trikala became business manager for silicone elastomers and textiles at Wacker Australia, then vice president of business development for Precision Silicones, a Wacker Chemical subsidiary. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Panjab University, in India, and completed advanced business management courses at Bombay University (now the University of Mumbai).

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