Innovation Day

Conrad Erb

September 11–12, 2017

In an age of increasing interconnectivity and complexity in the chemical industries, successful innovators connect face-to-face with their peers and look beyond immediate technical matters to understand the broader implications of their work. By taking early-career scientists out of the lab and giving them broader access to their colleagues and to the historical and social context of their research, Innovation Day supports a 21st-century chemical enterprise that addresses society’s most pressing needs.

Schedule   •   Awards   •   Sponsors 


Monday, September 11

3:00–5:00 p.m.

Innovation Day Workshop with 2017 Gordon E. Moore Medalist, Melinda Keefe

Exploring the Science and Technology of Art Conservation, Preservation, and Analysis

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 12

7:30 a.m.     

Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast for Attendees

8:30 a.m.     

The Warren G. Schlinger Symposium and Opening Plenary

The Schlinger Symposium brings together senior executives, research and technology managers, and young industry scientists to examine frontier research areas in the chemical industry.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Bradford Brooks, IBM Fellow and Director of Corporate Toxicology and Chemical Management, IBM
9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions


Consumer-Inspired Innovation


  • Nilesh Shah, Global R&D Director, Home and Personal Care, The Dow Chemical Company


  • Bill Scheper, Director, Strategic Innovation and Technology, Procter & Gamble
  • Dan Woodman, Associate Director, Core R&D, The Dow Chemical Company

Predictive Modeling of Materials


  • Rob Crane, Global Chemical Research Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company


  • Jeff Brinen, Chief Engineer, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
  • Tim Mueller, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University 

Imagining the Chemical Sciences in a Post-Petroleum Future, Session I


  • Dave Sikora, Director, Global Chemical Technology, LANXESS


  • Patrick Foley, Chief Science Officer, P2 Science
  • Sean O’Connor, President and CEO, Nucelis
11:00 a.m.

Poster Session


  • Zack Biro, Program Assistant, Center for Applied History, Science History Institute
12:15 p.m.

SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal Ceremony and Luncheon


  • Melinda Keefe, PhD, Associate Director, Formulation Science, Core R&D, The Dow Chemical Company
2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions


Accelerating Innovation through Value System Collaboration


  • Robert Gatte, Vice President and Chief Technologist, W. R. Grace & Co. 


  • Domiano Beccaria, Project Manager, Eastman Chemical Company
  • Manu Rego, Senior R&D Manager, W. R. Grace & Co.

Predictive Modeling of Reaction Mechanisms and Catalytic Materials


  • Daniel White, Senior Manager, Acetyls, BDO, and Olefins R&D, LyondellBasell


  • William Goddard, Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology
  • Philippe Sautet, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Imagining the Chemical Sciences in a Post-Petroleum Future, Session II


  • Albert Tam, Global Technology Leader, DuPont Clean Technologies


  • Paul Dauenhauer, DuPont Young Professor, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Sarah Privette, Business Development Manager, Biomaterials, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
3:45 p.m.                

Closing Reception and Museum Tours


Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI America aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy.

This year’s Moore Medal was awarded to Melinda Keefe, the senior R&D manager for architectural coatings at The Dow Chemical Company.

Learn more about the Gordon E. Moore Medal.

Perkin Medal

The Perkin Medal was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvene. Today the medal is widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. William Henry Perkin was a founding member of SCI, and this medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.

This year’s Perkin Medal was awarded to Ann Weber at a ceremony following the Innovation Day events. Weber is the senior vice president of drug discovery at Kallyope Inc., a New York City–based biotechnology company. 

Learn more about the Perkin Medal.


Premier Sponsor
The Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation

Major Sponsors
The Dow Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company
W. R. Grace & Co.

Contributing Sponsors
Air Liquide
The Chemours Company