North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Message from 2019 Chair Amjad Ali

To members of the North Jersey Section:

Amjad Ali

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to serve as the Chair of the North Jersey Section of the ACS for 2019.

I would like to thank the officers and volunteers in North Jersey who have made our section one of the most dynamic sections within the ACS. I look forward to working with this dedicated and creative group to continue to promote the NJACS mission of “Enhancing the lives of its members and the community through the transforming power of chemistry”.

The North Jersey Section is the home of many diverse topical groups and committees that are comprised of talented scientists in the interdisciplinary fields of chemistry including the Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, Drug Metabolism Discussion Group, Chromatography Group, NMR Discussion Group, Organic Topical Group, Teacher Affiliates, Woman Chemists Committee (WCC), Younger Chemists Committee (YCC), Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) and Careers in Transition Committee. These groups offer exciting seminars, symposia, and events throughout the year; which provide unique opportunities for continuous education and networking. The section will also host the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Symposium in late 2019.

The North Jersey Section will continue with its numerous public outreach programs including Project SEED, National Chemistry Week, and the Chemistry Olympiad. Additionally, this section has strengthened its partnership with Students 2 Science, a non-profit corporation that inspires, motivates, and educates primarily Middle and High School Students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM subjects). We will continue with the popular ChemExpo as well as with Community Nights at the Liberty Science Center (LSC) and hope to expand joint undertakings both with LSC and the Edison Museum, which we helped establish as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2014 and where we participate in their Edison Day. Another important activity is the New Jersey Chemistry Olympics hosted and run by NJIT. In addition, we plan to introduce “Science Cafés” to the community as a new public outreach activity in 2019.

I have been an active member of the North Jersey section of the ACS for over 15 years, revitalizing the organic topical group (OTG) and serving as Chair of the group twice over the last several years. I am an ACS Fellow as well as the Merck representative for the ACS Scholars program, Project SEED, the Hershberg National ACS award and have served as alternate industrial councilor for the ACS MEDI division. I am a supporter and have served as liaison for the Merck WCC program, which currently sponsors a number of outstanding women chemists in academia. The Section has recently developed its Strategic Plan and I am thrilled to be able to initiate this plan during my tenure as Chair. One of our goals will be to promote membership and engagement in NJACS through the increased use of social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter etc. I believe by doing so we will be enhancing the lives of our members and the community through the transforming power of Chemistry. As Chair, I will use my experiences and passion for Chemistry to assure the continued success of the North Jersey ACS. I would like to thank you for your continued support.

Amjad Ali
2019 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS

Current & Past Chairs North Jersey Section, ACS

2021 Mirlinda Biba
2020 Cecilia Marzabadi
2019 Amjad Ali
2018 Miriam Gulotta
2017 Landon Greene
2016 Luciano Mueller
2015 Ron Kong
2014 Monica Sekharan
2013 Jefferson Tilley
2012 Amber Flynn Charlebois
2011 Jiwen Chen
2010 Ambarish Singh
2009 Joseph Potenza
2008 Michael Miller
2007 Diane Krone
2006 Stephen Waller
2005 Jacqueline Erickson
2004 Anne Kelly
2003 Ratna Shekhar
2002 John Penna
2001 Bill Suits
2000 Les McQuire
1999 Susan Fahrenholtz
1998 Alan Cooper
1997 Anita J. Brandolini
1996 Michael P. Ferro
1995 Joe Stoner
1994 Malcolm Sturchio
1993 Ann Grant Geoetz
1992 Valerie J. Kuck
1991 George E. Heinze
1990 Jeannette E. Brown
1989 Dorothy S. Lehmkuhl
1988 Richard W.J. Carney
1987 Raymond Baylouny
1986 Maureen G. Chan
1985 Dorit L. Noether
1984 Stan S. Hall
1983 George Luther III
1982 Sister Marian José Smith
1981 Arthur D. Dawson
1980 Shalaby W. Shalaby
1979 Roland F. Hirsch
1978 Frederick W. Bollinger
1977 Heinz D. Roth
1976 Benjamin J. Luberoff
1975 Galen W. Ewing
1974 Arnold D. Lewis
1973 Richard W.J. Carney
1972 Gerald Smolinsky
1971 George E. Heinze
1970 Howard H. Heller
1969 Neil M. Mackenzie
1968 Julian J. Leavitt
1967 Samuel M. Gerber
1966 W. Lincoln Hawkins
1965 Paul V. Smith
1964 John L. Lundberg
1963 Albert W. Meyer
1962 Lawrence T. Eby
1961 E.T. Theimer
1960 William Rieman, III
1959 H.Herbert Fox
1958 Ellis V. Brown
1957 Oskar P. Wintersteiner
1956 V.N. Morris
1955 Karl A. Folkers
1954 Cecil L. Brown
1953 John Lee
1951-52 Burnard S. Biggs & John Lee
1950-51 George L. Royer
1949-50 F.R. Mayo
1948-49 H.F. Wakefield
1947-48 I.D. Gerard
1946-47 W.J. Sparks
1945-46 R.E. Waterman
1944-45 H.E. Riley
1943-44 E.R. Allen
1942-43 C.S. Fuller
1941-42 D.L. Cottle
1940-41 R.T. Major
1939-40 R.J. Moore
1939 R.H. Gerke
1938 M.L. Crossley & R.H. Gerke
1937 M.L. Crossley
1936-37 R.B. Sosman
1936 W.T. Read
1934-35 P.K. Frolich & W.T. Read
1933-34 J.H. Schmidt
1932 G.M. Maverick & A.F. Odell
1931 G.M. Maverick
1930-31 L.V. Redman