Industry Day 2020 - Virtual


Date: August 10, 2020

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dedicated to fostering relationships with industry, providing benefits for both the university and the industry partner.  These successful partnerships can lead to innovative solutions by translating research into industrial applications and support talent acquisition efforts, while enhancing the education and training of students.  This event focuses on opportunities for industry to learn more about the department, instrumentation and capabilities, research areas, and currently available technologies while engaging with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.  Industry is invited to schedule meetings with faculty and offer talent acquisition presentations for graduate students and postdocs.   

Agenda details are listed below.  Industry registrants will receive login details for the sessions prior to the event.

Registration and Fees:

Due to the conversion to a virtual format for 2020, there will no fees to participate.  


Questions?        Please email


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Agenda Details


Department Overview and New Initiatives

Dr. Claudia Turro, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Polymer Lab and Other Potential Research Opportunities

Dr. Susan Olesik, Professor and Chair, Industry Liaison Committee


This session will focus on trends and challenges in technology development and faculty best practices when connecting with industry.  Faculty and industry registrants are invited to attend.


Dr. Zachary Schultz, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Industry Panel:

P&G:  Pete Ellingson, Open Innovation Manager, Connect + Develop, Corporate R&D

DuPont:  Donald Lyons, Technical Fellow, DuPont Transportation and Industrial


Faculty will host meetings in two concurrent sessions to discuss their research programs with industry representatives.  A list of faculty presenting at each session will be detailed below.  Industry participants should email the faculty members for login information.

Concurrent Session 1: 12:30-1:20pm

Session A:  A New Treatment for Diabetes

Dr. Jon Parquette, Professor (, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Oulianna Ziouzenkova, Associate Professor (, Department of Human Sciences

Concurrent Session 2: 1:30-2:20pm


Companies may choose to hold an individual session on a platform of their choice to connect with faculty.  Interested companies should identify a central point of contact and email Cheryl Yeack ( no later than August 5, 2020.  All interested faculty will be directed to email the central point of contact for login information. 


Companies may choose to hold an information session for talent acquisition with interested graduate students/postdocs.  Each session will be for 50 minutes so that graduate students/postdocs may attend two different sessions. Companies should communicate the central point of contact and login information to Cheryl Yeack at no later than August 5, 2020.

Concurrent Session 1:  4-4:50pm

Concurrent Session 2:  5-5:50pm