Monday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
1155 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Students and post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to attend the annual Student Workshop to further engage their peers and expand their green chemistry horizons in ways not often thought of. This year, the workshop will focus on the important and often neglected topic of entrepreneurship for green chemists and engineers. In this unique workshop, you will learn about entrepreneurship, networking, chemical product design, and intellectual property (IP) issues all related to green chemistry & engineering innovation.
This interactive event provides a great opportunity for participants to meet their peers, explore their passion for green chemistry, and network with key green chemistry and engineering stakeholders.
A $25 refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Make sure to register for the workshop during Conference registration process.
Please note that this workshop will take place at the ACS headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. (not at the Conference venue in Reston, VA), and will be held the day before the Conference begins. Participants will need to travel to the ACS headquarters for this workshop. The day’s activities will end at 4:15 p.m. to allow participants time to attend the EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards ceremony which begins at 5 p.m., also in Washington D.C.
(Subject to change)
Monday, June 10
- 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast, gather
- 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Innovative chemical product design
- 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
- 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Innovative chemical product design (cont)
- 12:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
- 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Networking
- 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Bringing your product to market
- 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
- 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Intellectual Property: protecting your chemical innovations
- 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Final thoughts, closing out
Eric Beckman, Ph.D. conducts research that focuses on molecular design to support (a) creation of greener chemical products and (b) synthesis of materials to support biomedical research. As an engineer who works with chemistry, Beckman often is tasked with examining products and determining if they’re actually “green” or just try to market themselves that way. A polymer scientist by training, Beckman has spun out three companies. Ten years ago, Beckman and others created the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, a school of engineering institute that examines the design of more sustainable infrastructure. In 2005, Beckman co-founded Cohera Medical Inc. to commercialize University-developed surgical adhesive technology. The company now has 35 employees in Pittsburgh and Germany and has two products undergoing clinical trials. He earned his Ph.D., in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1988. After postdoctoral work, Beckman was named a professor at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He became the School of Engineering’s first Bayer Professor in 2000. In 2005, he was awarded the Bevier Chair in engineering. He is recipient of a National Science Foundation Young Investigator award and a Presidential Green Chemistry award.
Shana K. Cyr, Ph.D., J.D. is a partner in the Reston, Virginia office of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world. Shana provides intellectual property counseling to innovative companies with biologic, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and combination products and represents clients in patent litigations before the U.S. district courts and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Shana’s pro bono work includes representing disabled veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and disadvantaged children as guardian ad litem. She previously served at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore, and at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey as legal intern for the Honorable Noel L. Hillman. She obtained her J.D. with High Honors from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, and her B.S. in chemistry with biology and mathematics minors from the University of Richmond. Shana can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janine Elliot, M.B.A. is a curriculum designer and facilitator for training programs hosted by VentureWell, a non-profit that supports STEM students and faculty who want to use innovation & entrepreneurship to make a positive difference in the world. Working as a startup coach to hundreds of student grantees and as a former co-founder of a cleantech materials startup, Janine is familiar with best (and worst) commercialization practices for science-based innovators in regulated industries, such as energy, healthcare, chemicals, and agriculture. She earned an MBA with an emphasis in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California and holds a BA of Environmental Studies from Colby College.
Laura M. Reyes, Ph.D. is a Career Development Leader at the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). Laura oversees the organization’s Local Sections and Student Chapters. She is also involved in creating professional development programming for the CIC’s annual chemistry and chemical engineering conferences, including organizing workshops, career panels, and networking events. Laura completed her BSc in chemistry at York University and her PhD at the University of Toronto, researching the surface chemistry of heterogeneous catalysts for CO2 utilization. During her PhD, Laura developed a lasting passion for sustainability practices and green chemistry education as a founding member and co-chair of the student-led Green Chemistry Initiative.