My ACS Leadership Activities

As an ACS volunteer for over 25 years, I’ve led, initiated, or participated in many areas at the local, national, and international levels.  Click here to view my profile on the ACS Network.


Leadership in Members’ Careers

Chair of Early Career Chemists Program for Pacifichem 2015

ACS Career Consultant since 2012

Teacher at Interviewing Workshops in the California and Santa Clara Valley Sections

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, Associate Member from 2006 to 2009

Chair of California Section Younger Chemists Committee from 1999 to 2002


Leadership in Education and for Students

Chair of the ACS Committee on Education from 2007 to 2009

Chair of the International Chemistry Olympiad hosted by the U.S. in 2012

Member of Chemistry Olympiad International Steering Committee from 2010 to 2013

Committee on Education, Member from 2004 to 2009, Consultant from 2010 to 2012, and Associate from 2001 to 2003

Graduate Education Advisory Board, Ex Officio Member from 2007 to 2009

Committee on Education Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board, Member from 2013 to the present

Educational Grants Committee Chair from 1999 to the present


Leadership in Governance

Chair of California Local Section in 2011 and 1998 (yes, I did it twice…)

Program Chair of California Local Section in 2010 and 1997

Councilor from 1999 to the present

Alternate Councilor from 1993 to 1998

Member, California Section Board of Directors, 2010 to 2015 and 1997 to 1999

Member, California Section Board of Trustees from 2005 through 2012

Chair of California Section Long-Range Planning Committee in 1999

Chair of California Section Nomination and Election Committee Chair in 1999 and 2012

Chair of California Section Awards Committee in 2005

Committee on Committees (ConC), Member from 2010 to the present

Chair of ConC Subcommittee for ACS Leadership Institute New Committee Chair track in 2015

Council Policy Committee, Member (non-voting) from 2007 to 2009



PACIFICHEM Organizing Committee from 2006 to 2015

Member of the Division of Professional Relations


My ACS Honors

Selection as ACS Fellow in 2010

Recipient of the Shirley B. Radding Award, Santa Clara Valley Section ACS in 2009

Recipient of the Walter Petersen Award, California Section ACS in 2004

ACS member since my graduate school days in 1987


Elephant’s Toothpaste: Always a crowd-pleaser at National Chemistry Week!


  1. Xiaohong Tian says:

    I completely support Bryan Balazs for the president of ACS

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