IVONA SASIMOVICH, Development Chemist, IFF

Education: BS Chemistry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2013; MS Biological Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, ongoing.

Professional Positions: Cognis Co, Ambler, PA, 2010; Amicus Therapeutics, Cranbury, NJ, 2011; IFF, Dayton, NJ, 2012-present.

ACS Membership: 2009, Drexel University ACS Student Chapter, Treasurer 2010-2013.

Local Section Participation: Philadelphia Younger Chemists Committee 2013-2016.

Statement:  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Chair-Elect for the Philadelphia Local Section. I have been a member of the ACS for over ten years and I have been taking full advantage of the resources and fun events that have been organized by the Philadelphia Local Section. While I was still an undergraduate student, I have had the privilege to participate in planning and hosting a number of local YCC events. I am excited to get to meet some new and some familiar chemists over the next few years.

During my time as a Chair-Elect my goal will be to bridge tradition and innovation. I would love to preserve the rich history of Philadelphia Local Section and its traditions while exploring new opportunities to engage the members.  I believe the experience of the committee members and my ambitious goals will result in an exciting year for the local section. I am looking forward to the experimentation and the teamwork that are essential for this position and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

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