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200211: Economic Outlook & Coronavirus: Daco and Swift
Chief Economists from Oxford Economics and the American Chemistry Council on pandemic, markets and trade

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Spring 2021: CME's 4th NASA Symposium, San Antonio
Two days packed with cutting-edge science as well as industry insights. Below: 2019 CME Lectures in Orlando.



201208: CME's STEM Leadership Awards: Daniel D'Aniello
December 8 CME to honor The Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus




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NASA Symposium Postponed until Next Spring

Dear colleague, the symposium has been postponed until March 22-23, 2021 during the ACS Spring National Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

A New CME, A Bright Future for STEM Programs

As we celebrate the New Year, we are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2020, the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) operates as an autonomous non-profit organization to advance sustainable industry innovation globally. CME has roots in 1954, since then it has organized over 500 meetings featuring industry leaders, supported STEM students, created highkly successful chemistry signature events and won many awards.

“The freedom to operate CME as a separate entity is vital to serving industry, government and the public in the future. It helps engage students and unleash a new era of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leadership for sustainable industry innovation,” CME Co-Chair Steve Barnett said.

CME Co-Chair Ksenia Takhistova added: “The new CME will foster impactful events such as the annual NASA Symposium, conceived by CME, to propel humanity’s next big leap: space exploration. With a new vision, agility and strong balance sheet, CME will continue to serve stakeholders, including our loyal members, STEM sponsors, and collaborators like NASA, for the next 65 years and beyond.”

Advancing Sustainable Industry Innovation

True to its pioneering spirit, CME has an exciting 2020 program, including industry luncheon meetings in New York; a new quarterly “Chemical Edge” Dinner Series in Houston in collaboration with Deloitte and NASA; the Fourth NASA Symposium featuring Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs; and the Ninth STEM Leadership Awards event honoring today’s industry leaders.

We look forward to your continuing support and hope to see you soon at one of CME events. Thank you.

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CME's 4th NASA Symposium - Spring 2021

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Bringing Together Industry, Academia, Government and the Public to Enlarge and Enhance the STEM Talent Pool  Cutting-edge developments in chemical sciences to advance human space travel and translate them into new knowledge to improve the lives of people and make their dreams a reality. Two days packed with inspirational research, industry, jobs.

James Green, NASA's Chief Scientist
What is Next at NASA?


Tucker Norton, DuPont Innovation & Strategy Director. Fast-track your discoveries by leveraging innovation engine architectures

Duane Dickson, Deloitte Vice Chairman, Energy & Chemicals. Enabling sustainability through transformational change


Cherie Kagan, DuPont UPenn Nanotechnologist Ch EE. The Design of Colloidal Nanocrystal Materials and Their Unconventional Devices 

Robert H. Grubbs, Caltech Professor and Nobel Laureate. Exploring advances in polymer synthesis and catalysis in organic synthesis


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200211: Economic Outlook & Coronavirus

Wuhan Coronavirus: is it a pandemic; what is its economic impact? 
What are the prospects for trade, manufacturing and jobs?

Greg Daco, Chief US Economist at Oxford Economics, provides global economic and financial market analysis and forecasts to investors. He is frequently cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the New York Times,

Kevin Swift Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington, DC, where he is responsible for economic and analyses on markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, chemicals and competition and innovation, as well as business trends.

200108: The Alchemy of Private Equity

How can investment bankers achieve better results in the chemicals business than chemical engineers and chemists do?





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Sam Samdani, Senior Expert at McKinsey’s Chemicals & Agriculture; Stephen D'Incelli, Managing Director at SK Capital and CME Board Member; Donna Hitscherich, Columbia University Director Private Equity Program; Jonas Oxgaard, Bernstein Vice President and Equity analyst; and Shah Karim, CEO of SafeRock. ICIS magazine article on CME private equity event. - Event pictures.

191210: Eighth STEM Leadership Awards

Honoring LyondellBasell CEO Mr. Bob Patel for Outstanding Global Growth and BASF Chairman and CTO Dr. Martin Brudermüller for Extraordinary Innovation . Event held on Tuesday, December 10 from 11:30 am to 2:45 pm at the NY Metropolitan Club. CUNY students attend CME event.


191003: Carlyle: Driving Value in Industrials

Brian Bernasek, Head of the Global Industrial and Transportation team at The Carlyle Group. Deals: Axalta Coating Systems, HD Supply, Hertz , Signode, Kinder Morgan and Genesee. Board member of Accudyne Ind., Atotech BV, Nouryon and Novolex Holdings.

190911: Deloitte: Accelerating Sustainability

Duane Dickson, is a Vice Chairman and principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Energy Resources & Industrials Industry group, as well as the US Oil, Gas & Chemicals Sector Leader and the Global Oil, Gas & Chemicals Consulting leader.

190401-02: CME's Third Annual NASA Symposium


Over 1000 attendees. “Chemistry for Humanity’s Next Giant Leap” held in Orlando on April 1-2, 2019. Sponsored by MPPG, co-sponsored by all 31 technical divisions active at national meetings of the largest chemistry society, a historic achievement.

4/1 - AM: NASA Day, PM: CME: PMSE Global Students and Mentors Awards in Polymer Science and Engineering.

4/2 - AM: Industry Day: Dow, J&J Janssen, Harris, Northrop Grumman, ExxonMobil Chemical, Blue Origin, others. PM: Industry Luncheon Keynote featuring James Green, NASA’s Chief Scientist. Talks by BASF and Deloitte. CME Lectures by Nobel Laureates Frances Arnold (2018) and Eric Betzig (2014). CME NASA Reception at the Kenndy Space Center.

190307: Transforming the Industry Landscape

Edward Breen CEO of DowDuPont. Key architect of the largest merger in the chemical industry and the fourth largest of all time. He became the chair of the board and CEO of DuPont in 2015. He joined the DuPont Board of directors in Feb. 2015. Led Tyco, Motorola and General Instrument. Serves as a director of Comcast and in the advisory board of New Mountain Capital.

190207: Personal Care Innovation

4 highly notable trends: Sustainability, Beauty within, Holistic microbiome, and Customized / Personalized beauty on demand.

Jaime Ferreira Executive R&D Director at Estée Lauder since April 2016. Previously, he led research teams at PDI, Takasago USA and the Ungerer & Company. PhD in Chemistry from Seton Hall University. Member of the ACS and Biophysical Society.

Auroni Majumdar Director of R&D Strategy and Technology Scouting at International Flavors & Fragrances' Taste, Scent, and Nutrition businesses. 10 years at PepsiCo working across food and beverage brands. BE in Biomedical Eng. MS in Innovation Mgt.

181204: Seventh STEM Leadership Awards

Lifetime Achievement KKR Co-Founder Henry Kravis; Corporate Reinvention DowDuPont CEO Ed Breen, and STEM Philanthropy Simons Foundation Co-founders Marilyn and James Simons. Event Co-Chairs included the Chairman and CEO of Air Products Seifi Ghasemi and the President of Dow Chemical Jim Fitterling.

Jim Fitterling, Ed Breen, Henry Kravis, Seifi Ghasemi.

181106: Am. Securities/Prince Corp. M&A Strategy: Delivering Engineered Solutions Globally

Willson Ropp, is Chairman and President at Prince Corporation. He joined Prince in January 2004. Previously, he worked at Horeshead Industries, private equity, and investment banking industries. Holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from Wharton. 

Scott Wolff, is Managing Director at American Securities. He joined the firm in 2002 and is Chairman of Chromaflo, Emerald Perform., Henry Co.and Prince. He worked previously at Merrill Lynch and holds an MBA from Wharton and a BS in Finance from Indiana University.

180821: CME's 2nd NASA Symposium - Boston


STEM Innovations for Humanity's Next Big Step.

2nd NASA symposium co-organized by CME

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CME Lecturers from left: Dr. Robert Langer, MIT, the world's most cited engineer, 1,300+ patents; Dr. Emily Carter, Engineering, Princeton; and Dr. James Green, NASA Chief Scientist.

CME 30-sec 2nd NASA Symposium Promo Video

180607: Olin: A New Game in the Epoxy World

Pat Dawson, is Executive Vice President of Olin Corporation and President, Epoxy and Olin International. In October 2015, Pat D. Dawson was appointed Executive Vice President of Olin Corporation and President, Epoxy and Olin International.

180503: Latin American Outlook - CME SyncMeet NY Penn Club-Dusseldorf/Evonik Essen Campus

Rina Quijada, PhD, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream, Downstream, Chemicals for IHS Markit. Formerly CEO of IntelliChem. She worked for CMAI and Pequiven. Holds a degree in Organic Chemistry and attended Oxford's master's management program.

180301: Bioscience Research in the Digital Age

Peter Eckes, President of BASF bioscience Research, drives innovative sustainable solutions for agricultural, food and industrial applications for a better life and improved environment. PhD in organic chemistry from the U Frankfurt and post-doctoral at Harvard.

180115: CME supports International Chapter on K-12 STEM Festivals & Symposia

For the fisrt anniversary of the Peru Chapter founded by CME, CME organized event in Lima and invited members and friends of the association to celebrate the first 2018 meeting and grow STEM education (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) in which Chemistry is the central pillar.


Showing the magic of chemistry has inspired over 6,000 students.

171102: Bain: M&A Lessons from Private Equity

viroscoTom Shannon, partner in Bain’s Chicago office and leads Bain’s Global Industrial Goods & Services practice. Experience with all aspects of portfolio and transformational growth strategies. He has supported private equity and corporate buyers on the diligence of more than 200 businesses.

viroscoJason McLinn, partner in Bain’s Chicago office and leads Bain’s Chemicals practice in North America for polymers, plastics, specialty chemicals, transportation, and chemical distribution. Focus on corporate growth strategy, commercial excellence, acquisitions and post-merger integration.

170822-23: CME First NASA Symposium - DC

Event created by CME in collaboration with NASA, POLY and the endorsement of 18 Technical Divisions. Over 800 people attended the first NASA Journey to Mars Symposium, among the highest attendance for a new topical symposium at the national meeting in recent history. Event focused on space travel and translate its innovations into new practical knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

Mars Program

1-min Mars Symposium Promo Video

C&EN 5-min Video NASA Symposium: How chemistry will help put humans on Mars (interviews w NASA's Kavandi and Siochi, Clemson's Blenner, MIT's Swager)

DAY 1 (Tue 8/22, Industry): Technology & Jobs. Marquis Shaw

New Materials, Polymers, CNT composites. Industry Session: featuring speakers from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace Corporation, Orbital ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne and GWU.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm CME Lectures. Marquis Independence D/E

1Dr. J. Craig Venter, PhD, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, Head of Scientific Strategy, Human Longevity, Inc. Founder of Celera Genomics, key contributor to the groundbreaking 2001 Science publication of the human genome. .

1Janet L. Kavandi, PhD, Director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center. Manages propulsion, communications, power, microgravity sciences and materials development. Astronaut. 535 Earth Orbits. 13.1 million miles. PhD in analytical chem.

1Harry B. Gray, PhD, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry at Caltech. Developed ligand field theory to interpret the electronic structures and reactions of transition metal complexes. Using cutting-edge chemistry to make oxygen from CO2 for space missions.

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm CME Leadership Awards Reception at the National Air & Space Museum (NASM). Awards Presentation honoring the lecturers. IMAX 3D film Journey to Space.

DAY 2 (Wed 8/23): Technology Innovation. Marquis Shaw.     Energy Storage, Sensors. Aerogels, MOFs, In-situ Utilization of Martian Soil, Extraordinary control of Mars Environment.

170601: Use of Renewables in Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals market estimate is USD 1,3 Trillion by 2024. .

viroscoJames Virosco, is Vice President in Nexant's Energy and Chemicals Advisory consulting practice including basic petrochemicals, polymers, and specialty chemicals. He was a Research Engineer at Union Carbide. B.S. ChemE from MIT, and MBA from U. Michigan.

casconeRon Cascone, is a Principal in the Energy and Chemicals Advisory at Nexant, Inc. and a leader in bio-renewables, waste disposal and bio-based processing including by gasification, fermentation, pyrolysis and chemical conversion. ChemE.

170504: Latinamerican Outlook

Latin American population to reach one billion people by 2050.

Lourdes Cassanova, PhD, Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, Johnson School at Cornell. Ranked as one of the 50 most influential intellectuals by Esglobal. Worked at UC Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD. Author of ‘Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals.’

Marcos Troyjo, PhD, co-founder of BRICLab at Columbia University. Op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo and a regular commentator for CNN en Español, Huffington Post and Financial Times. He authored the books Trading Nation: Power & Prosperity in the 21st Century.

Danil Kerimi, Director of the Center for Global Agenda at World Economic Forum USA. Prior to joining the WEF in 2008, Worked with the UN, governments and business leaders in Europe and Asia. Since 2011, manages data, digital ecosystem, ICT and competitiveness, and hyperconnectivity.

170302: CVC: Manufacturing Reinvention

Tom Kichler, Partner and US Head of Industrials and Energy at CVC. Previously, worked at One Equity Partners (JP Morgan), Citigroup CIB (Salomon). Board of Directors at Anchor Glass, and he served at the Boards of East Balt, PeroxyChem, Sonneborn Refined Products, Columbian Chemicals.

161006: WR Grace Sharp Strategic Focus

Fred Festa joined Grace as President and COO in 2003, became CEO in 2005, and Chairman in 2008. He completed 22 acquisitions and guided Grace through the longest Chapter 11 process.  Festa served in senior positions at AlliedSignal and GE.

160602: NNI 2.0 The Future of USA Nanotechnology

Michael A. Meador, PhD, is Director of the National Nanotechnology coordination Office (NNCO). NASA Glenn Research Center Chief of the Polymers Branch (1988 to 2011). He led a NASA-industry-academia project under the Space Technology Mission Program.

Rajiv Banavali, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Advanced Materials. He has worked with new low-global-warming-potential Solstice refrigerants, blowing agents, solvents and aerosols as part of Performance Materials and Technologies.

Qinghuang Lin, PhD, Research senior manager at IBM Watson Research Center. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 80 granted patents with 70 patents pending. He is the editor of 6 books and the author of over 60 technical papers. He is the Chair of the ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) division.

160309: Accelerating Growth through Distribution

Growth in the $3.4 trillion global chemical value chain.

J. Erik Fyrwald Univar CEO since May 2012. He was President of Ecolab; CEO of Nalco, and Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of DuPont. Serves on the board of Eli Lilly, Amsted Industries, The SCI, and The Field Museum. BS ChE.

151105: DB: Driving Growth through M&A

Adam Abramson, is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. $75 billion of advisory and capital transactions. Involved in the acquisition of Celanese by Blackstone, and the JV of Americas Styrenics by Dow and ChevronPhillips Chemical. Sell-side: OM Group to Apollo and Platform Specialty Products, Rockwood's Pigment business to Huntsman, Ocean Nutrition Canada to DSM, Solutia to Eastman Chemical, Lyondell Chemical to Basell, Ashland’s Electronic Materials to Air Products.

151001: What is Next in Crop Science

Jay Vroom, has been president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA) since 1989. CLA lobbies for the benefits of crop technology in enhancing food, fiber and renewable fuel production, and advocates for science-based regulations.  He brings agency experience, plus environmental science knowledge from the U. of Illinois. 

Iain Kelly, Ph.D. is Research Fellow and Director of Regulatory Policy at Bayer CropScience in RTP.  With more than 30 years' experience, his primary responsibility has been coordinating a range of bee health related topics.  He is the immediate past chair of CropLife America's Pollinator Team.

150909: Shaping the Future at Chemours

Mark Vergnano is CEO of Chemours, arguably the most significant spinoff of the legendary DuPont in the last half century. The Chemours is in a unique position to re-invent the nature of the formerly known Chemicals & Fluoroproducts and Titanium Technologies businesses of DuPont. Speech Audio/PPT and Press Release


150507: Latin American Outlook

Mauro Leos, Vice President and Sr. Credit Officer, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He is the Regional Credit officer for Latin America. He was Managing Director for Latam at Wharton Econometrics. Graduate in finance from U. of Wisconsin and ITES de Monterrey..

Alberto Ramos, is head of the Latin America Economic Research team in the Global Investment Research Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003. He worked at the IMF for six years.He earned an MA and PhD in Economics and taought at the U. of Chicago.

Mark Gross is a Managing Director at Dominick & Dickerman, an investment bank.  He was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Brazil at Standard Chartered Bank and Country Officer for the American Express Bank International.  He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business.

150402: Japan-USA: Regenerative Medicine

Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass Central Research. Former Managing Director of the ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells..

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for R&D at NYSCF. Since 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation has created the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS and reprogrammed pancreatic cells. Genetic models of diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases of human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Lab .

140910: Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialties

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North Amer ica. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

150712: Solvay Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.