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

2023 Justyna Sikorska

2022 Qi Gao

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