List of Candidates for 2020 ACS DFW Elections

Local section elections opened on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 and will remain open until Friday, November, 29th 2019 at 11:59 PM Central. 

This year’s election covers 5 Executive Committee positions: 2020 Chair, Chair elect, Secretary, Councilor, and Alternate Councilor. If you are dues paid voting member, you should have received an email from Vote-Now on November 7th, 2019 that contained a link for electronic voting and a reminder a week later. If you do not have an email address on file or the email was returned undelivered for any reason, you should have received a post card in the mail. If you have not received an email or post card, please contact ACS DFW Secretary Amanda Dark ( immediately.

Volunteers are elected to govern the DFW Local Section and interact with ACS National. Section officers join the Executive Committee (aka EC or ExCom) for the length of their terms. The DFW local section cannot carry out its mission of promoting chemistry and chemical professionals without the help of as many ACS members as possible. Serving the local section as an officer – or even as a candidate- is a great way to contribute to the community.

Click Here for a description of the duties of each of the open offices.

The new terms begin on January 1, 2020.

  • Chair: chair 2020; past chair 2021
  • Chair-elect; 3 year term; chair-elect 2020; chair 2021; past chair 2022
  • Secretary; 2 year term; 2020-2021
  • Councilor; 3 year term; 2020-2022
  • Alternate Councilor; 3 year term; 2020-2022

Meet the Candidates

Chair 2020, 1 candidate

Mihaela C. Stefan

Mihaela C. Stefan received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Politehnica University Bucharest, Romania. She worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Matyjaszewski’s group at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2003. She also worked as a Research Scientist in Richard D. McCullough’s group at Carnegie Mellon University on the synthesis of block copolymers containing semiconducting polythiophenes. She joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2007, and she is currently a Eugene McDermott Professor and Graduate Associate Dean in the School of Natural Science &Mathematics. She also holds a joint appointment in the Bioengineering Department in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. She received the NSF Career Award in 2010, the NS&M Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and 2017, the Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award in 2012, the President’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, and the Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring in 2015. Her research group is developing novel organic semiconductors for organic electronics, biodegradable and biocompatible polymers for drug delivery applications, and rare novel catalysts for polymerization of dienes and cyclic esters. At the University of Texas at Dallas, she supervised 26 graduate students and 18 Ph.D. students graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry under her supervision. She also mentored ~100 undergraduate students who worked on her research lab on various projects.

Chair Elect, 2 candidates

Trey Putnam

Professor Putnam was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. He attended Pittsburg State University where he majored in Chemistry and conducted research in polymer chemistry. He was also an NSF-undergraduate research fellow at the University of Oklahoma where he conducted research in X-ray crystallography under Prof. Dick van der Helm. Dr. Putnam then attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under Prof. James K. Bashkin. His research focused on the design and development of artificial ribonucleases as potential novel infectious disease therapeutic agents. Dr. Putnam then moved to the Midwest Research Institute where his research focused on the pharmacology candidate therapeutic agents including developing sensitive analytical and bioanalytical methods. Additional research interests included biomarkers of polycystic kidney disease, catalytic antibodies, and artificial ribonucleases. Dr. Putnam then took an appointment at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as an Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy. He also served as the laboratory director of the Pediatric Pharmacology Research and Development Center. Dr. Putnam then moved to Cardinal Health’s Scientific and Regulatory Consulting Division where he provided drug development/regulatory consulting to numerous pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Putnam eventually assumed the role of general manager and was responsible for strategic, managerial, and operational aspects of the business. Following his tenure with Cardinal Health, Dr. Putnam returned to Texas Tech’s School of Pharmacy as a Professor where he remains today. His current research interests include: clinical pharmacology, differential metabolism of disease states, biomarker identification/validation, and advanced analytical/bioanalytical methodology.

Robert Robinson Jr.

Robert Robinson Jr. was born in Kansas City, MO where he spent the first 25 years of his life. There, he received two B.Sc. degrees, one in Chemistry and another in Physics (2005) as a Hartland’s Alliance for Minority Participation (HAMP) scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Afterwards, he moved to Columbia, MO where he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry (2011) as a Gus T. Ridgel scholar from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) under the advisement of Emeritus Prof. Paul R. Sharp. Then, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Washington (UW) for nearly two years in the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC) under the advisement of Profs. H. Michael Heinekey and Karen I. Goldberg. Robert then moved to Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) in 2012 and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) under the advisement of Prof. Brian F. Yates until 2015. Afterwards, he relocation back to the United States to accept an academic position in Key West, FL as an Assistant Professor at the College of the Florida Keys. Currently, he appointed as a Professor at Collin College on their Preston Ridge Campus.

Secretary, 1 candidate

Heidi Conrad

Heidi Conrad received her B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in French from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 2004, her M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of North Texas in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2013 from the University of North Texas.  She then joined the chemistry department at the University of Texas at Arlington where she was a laboratory coordinator and instructor.  In 2017 Heidi joined the Chemistry department at Texas Christian University as an organic laboratory instructor.  During this time, she has kept active with her research at the University of North Texas as a visiting research faculty, and continues her studies on developing corrosion resistant coatings through electrochemical methods.
In addition to teaching, Heidi is a faculty advisor for the TCU Chemistry Club, specifically overseeing the green chemistry activities.  She personally developed an outreach project aiding local high schools in managing and disposing of years of accumulated waste and applying green chemistry principles at the high school level.

Councilor, 2 candidates for 1 position

Linda Schultz

Linda Schultz is no stranger to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  She earned her BA and MS degrees in Chemistry from Southern Methodist University and her PhD in Chemistry from North Texas State University.  She worked as a lab technician at Southwestern Medical School and at Parkland Memorial Hospital and did postdoctoral research at Texas Christian University.  She is currently Professor of Chemistry at Tarleton State University in Stephenville and received a Piper Professor Award in 2013.  Linda has previously served multiple terms as Councilor or Alternate Councilor for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Local Section and has organized several sectional meetings, including one ACS Innovative Project Award and the 2001 and 2011 Meetings in Miniature.  She has attended 23 out of the last 26 National ACS Meetings – either as Alternate Councilor, Councilor, or to assist undergraduate students with research presentations.  Her main goals as Councilor are to improve communications between the American Chemical Society and its individual members and to increase participation of local members in sectional activities. 

Nicolay Tsarevsky

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky obtained M.S. degree in theoretical chemistry and chemical physics in 1999 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (2005-6), and a member of the founding team and Chief Science Officer of ATRP Solutions, Inc. (2007-10). He joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in the summer of 2010 and in 2016 he was promoted to associate professor. Research interests include polymerization techniques, functional materials, coordination chemistry and catalysis, and the chemistry hypervalent compounds, in addition to history of chemistry, and chemical education. He has authored and coauthored over 100 journal articles and book chapters, 1 textbook, and has served as the co-editor of 5 books. He also wrote the screenplays for two chemistry educational TV programs, shown on national TV in his native Bulgaria. He is an Editor of Polymers for Advanced Technologies (Wiley). He served as an ACS local group officer in various capacities, including Secretary (2005) and Chair (2006) of the Polymer Group of the Pittsburgh Local Section, and Chair of the Pittsburgh Local Section (2008-10). During his tenure in the last position, he started a YCC group in Pittsburgh. Since 2018, he serves as the program chair of the Division for the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the ACS.

Alternate Councilor, 1 candidate

Daniela Hutanu

Dr. Daniela Hutanu is a Manager of Sales and Marketing for JenKem Technology USA, provider of high quality polyethylene glycol products for medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Daniela received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2008 from Oregon State University, working after graduation as a staff scientist for Life Technologies, now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, as a research chemist for Forrest Paint, and independent consultant. Prior to moving to Texas, she has coordinated the US National Chemistry Olympiad for the ACS Oregon Local Section. She has been an active member of ACS DFW local section since 2013, serving as an alternate councilor since 2017 and most recently assisting with the transition of the local section’s website to a different platform. Daniela is seeking re-election for the Alternate Councilor position for the ACS DFW local section for the 2019 – 2021 term.

2020 Election Results

Thank you for your participation through voting and helping guide the leadership of the local ACS DFW section. Election results will be posted here.


Chair Elect


Alternate Councilor