Register for Personalized Career Consultation
Looking for your first job? Making a career transition? Creating a new resume or honing your interviewing skills? Career Consultants will be onsite to offer personalized consulting to help you succeed, wherever you may be in your career. Consultants will provide feedback on résumés, facilitate mock interviews to promote confidence in interview settings as well as help you practice your business plan pitch for feedback. Come prepared to receive their assistance by bringing a printed copy of your resume, draft business plan pitch, or best answers to popular interview questions.
You must sign up for a 20-minute appointment with a Career Consultant onsite at the registration desk in the mornings from 7:00am to 9:30am.
Michael Hicks, Ph.D. has over 20 years of pharmaceutical research experience with a diversified background ranging from early discovery to pharmaceutical pre-clinical R&D. Dr. Mike started in Analytical Research and Development in 1989 at Merck, received his PhD from Seton Hall University in 1997. He taught an Advanced Biomedical Engineering Graduate Laboratory at the Stevens Institute of Technology as adjunct faculty for ten years. He served as the 2017 Program Director for the Eastern Analytical Symposium and is currently an affiliate member of the EAS Board of Directors. He leads the Analytical Chemistry subteam of the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Roundtable for the ACS Green Chemistry Initiative Global Consortium. He has been working in the Separations Sciences area for over 16 years and is currently in the Analytical Chemistry and Enabling Technologies group in the Analytical R&D Department at Merck Research Labs in Rahway NJ specializing in separations, particularly in supercritical fluid chromatography as well as other large molecule method like size exclusion with multi-angle light scattering.
Jakub Kostal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The George Washington University and Co-founder and principal at DOT Consulting, LLC. He has a broad background in computational chemistry and its applications to problems in physical-organic chemistry, biochemistry, green chemistry and toxicology. His research expertise spans computational modeling of organic and enzymatic reactions in condensed phases, computer-aided drug discovery, de novo enzymatic design and the development of novel methods for toxicity prediction and safer chemical design. Dr. Kostal holds B.A. from Middlebury College (Chemistry, Arabic) and a Ph.D. from Yale University (Computational and Physical Chemistry). Dr. Kostal’s hobbies include skiing, whitewater rafting, and backpacking.
Kevin M. Maloney, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 under the guidance of Professor Rick Danheiser, where his research focused on developing novel immoacetonitrile cycloadditions as a general strategy for natural product synthesis. After completing his graduate studies, he joined the Department of Process Research & Development at Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, where he is currently a Director in Process Chemistry. Kevin’s group is responsible for the discovery and development of green, robust, and safe synthetic routes to active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from early development through NDA filings in support of the company’s pipeline.
Bryan Tracy, Ph.D. is the CEO and co-founder of White Dog Labs (WDL), Inc. WDL is developing and commercializing biotechnology solutions for the production of sustainable chemicals, protein, food ingredients, animal nutrition additives and transportation fuels. Prior to WDL, Bryan co-founded and led Elcriton, Inc., a synthetic biology company that worked with many of the world’s largest chemical companies. Elcriton was acquired in 2014. Bryan is a serial entrepreneur with a strong technical background in microbial engineering, bioprocess product development and commercialization of new technologies. Bryan received a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from North Carolina State University and a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University.
Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The George Washington University, with a background in organometallic catalysis and chemical toxiocology. She has shaped a multidisciplinary research group which aims to addresses key challenges in sustainable production of chemicals and fuels under the umbrella of green chemistry. Her group has two main research agendas: first, to strive to understand how to design supported catalysts (single-site and nanoparticles) for challenging organic transformations. Second, to develop tools that can be used by chemists to design safer commercial chemicals. The group uses three approaches to achieve this: developing design guidelines based on chemical properties, predicting toxicological endpoints based on spectroscopic (NMR) data and linking in silico chemical reactivity to toxicological endpoints.