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2019 Seaborg Industrial Lecture Symposium

April 27, 2019 12:00 pm
Where Haines 118
Speaker Dr. Sean M. Smith (3M Company), Dr. Mari Rosen (The Dow Chemical Company), Dr. Staci Wegener (BASF Corporation)


2019 Seaborg Industrial Lecture Symposium

Sponsored by Alpha Chi Sigma

UCLA’s Alpha Chi Sigma Undergraduate Student Chapter is expanding the annual Junior Seaborg Award Banquet to include the inaugural 2019 SEABORG INDUSTRIAL LECTURE SYMPOSIUM on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The Symposium’s objective is to raise UCLA’s profile among recruiting chemical companies and is open to anyone who is interested in learning more from researchers working in the industry.

Dr. Sean M. Smith

3M Company

Fluoromaterials Development at 3M

Sean Smith received his B.A. from Simpson College, a small liberal arts school in Indianola, IA, before obtaining his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska under the advisement of Professor James Takacs. He then moved to Cambridge, MA and worked under the direction of Professor Stephen Buchwald at MIT as a Postdoctoral Associate. In 2014, Sean accepted a position in the Corporate Research Laboratories at 3M Corporate Headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota where his research has primarily focused on the development of sustainable fluoromaterials technologies such as high performance heat transfer fluids, fluoropolymers, and additives.          

Dr. Mari Rosen

The Dow Chemical Company

Chromium Catalysts with Phospholane Ligands for Ethylene Tetramerization

Mari Rosen is currently a chemist at Dow in the Chemical Science group in Core R&D. Her research at Dow is in the area of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, with a focus on new catalyst development for industrial processes. Mari received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University with Chad Mirkin and she received a B.A. in Chemistry and Russian from Amherst College.

Dr. Staci Wegener

BASF Corporation

Introduction to Polyurethane – The Versatile Polymer

Staci Wegener received a B.S. in Chemistry from Saginaw Valley State University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University where she studied supported vanadium oxide catalysts under the direction of Tobin Marks and Peter Stair.  She joined BASF in 2012 and has held various positions in R&D, business development, and marketing.  Staci currently the Infrastructure Market Segment Manager in the Performance Materials unit at BASF.

Dr. Sean M. Smith (3M Company), Dr. Mari Rosen (The Dow Chemical Company), Dr. Staci Wegener (BASF Corporation)