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2017 Officers of the Northern Oklahoma ACS

Moniraj Ghosh, Chair

Moniraj earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He received his Masters in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.  During his Ph.D., he contributed to the areas of particle self-assembly, microfluidics and fluid dynamics on solid surfaces.  He also worked on patterning of surfaces using microfabrication techniques to specifically identify and separate cancer cells. After graduation in 2010, Moniraj joined Phillips 66 (then ConocoPhillips) and has been working in the areas of desalting, fouling mitigation and delayed coking.  He has 7 peer reviewed publications, 1 book chapter and 3 patents filed.

Matt Lundwall, Chair-Elect

“Codruta-Elena Platon received her MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering - Petroleum Processing Technology and Petro-chemistry from Oil & Gas Institute Ploiesti – Romania, and another MS degree in Chemical Engineering in the area of Catalysis from Washington State University, Pullman – Washington. She also earned the Chemistry and Middle Level Science Teaching License through Oklahoma Alternative Teaching Program.
Elena currently works as a Pilot Plant Engineer for Phillips 66 Company, Research Services, Engineering and Operations. Prior to joining Phillips 66 in 2011, she worked in Romania as a research process engineer for the refining industry, and as a guest teacher for the school districts in Ponca City and Bartlesville, OK.”

Matt Lundwall is the Director of Microscopy, X-Ray and Thermal Analysis at Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, OK. He has 10+ yrs. experience in materials characterization. He earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2010 and a B.S. in Chemistry / Chemical Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2005. He has 10 publications on heterogeneous catalysis in peer reviewed journals. When not at work he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three kids. Matt also enjoys racing quads at events across Oklahoma.

Bryant Pollock, Secretary

Bryant received a BS in Biochemistry and an MS in Chemistry from East Carolina University. He earned a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Utah. During his Ph.D. he contributed to the areas of supramolecular and bioinorganic chemistry via the formation of photoactive, anticancer platinum metal clusters. In 2014, he joined Phillips 66 as an Associate Scientist in the area of Water Research. His work at Phillips 66 has spanned homogenous catalysis to sorbent development. His work has culminated in 13 peer-reviewed publications and 1 filed patent.

Thomas A. Upshaw , Treasurer

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Colorado State University. Tom has been a member of the ACS since 1983 and previously served as Treasurer of the Northeast Oklahoma section from 2008 to 2011. Over a number of years, Tom has served as a volunteer for National Chemistry Week demonstrations and to judge school and district science fairs, as well as leading the effort to develop updated Bylaws for the section during its merger with the North Central Oklahoma section. Tom began his career at Union Carbide (later Dow Chemical Co.) working on the synthesis of new cycloaliphatic epoxides, functional acrylic monomers, caprolactone polyols, polyurethanes and epoxy resins for CASE applications. Tom joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Specialty Chemicals Division in April, 2007 to support applications testing and new opportunity development for polythiol technologies in coatings and adhesives, and is currently developing solventless, anti-corrosive epoxy coatings based on CPChem’s specialty materials.

Mazi Sardashti, Councilor

Mazi Sardashti is currently Director of Midstream Research at Phillips 66. He has worked at Phillips 66 (formerly ConocoPhillips and Phillips Petroleum) since 1989 and has held various positions in the R&D organization, mainly in Analytical Sciences.  These included assignments in the NMR, GC/MS, Raman, and FTIR areas. Prior to his current role, he was in charge of the Material Characterization Team in Analytical Sciences. Mazi has seven U.S. patents and several additional applications. He has authored/co-authored over fifteen outside scientific publications. 

Mazi has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry specializing in solid-state NMR spectroscopy from Colorado State University and a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has served in a number of positions in the local ACS section including Chair, Secretary, lead for National Chemistry Olympiad, and Awards Committee chair. Mazi was selected as 2014 Northern Oklahoma Volunteer of the Year by ACS.

Joe Allison, Alternate Councilor

Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 47 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.

Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.