2021 Board of Directors
Jason Benedict (Chair)
Jason received his BS in Chemistry from Arizona State University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2007 from the University of Washington working under Professor Bart Kahr where he received training in crystal optics and X-ray diffraction. In 2008, Jason began his post-doctoral studies at the University at Buffalo under the guidance of Professor Philip Coppens that involved time-resolved X-ray diffraction. Jason began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo in 2011 and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Jason’s research seeks to develop advanced in situ X-ray diffraction techniques to achieve a molecular level understanding of the physical processes that occur in stimuli-responsive nanoporous materials. Jason is a co-PI of NSF’s ChemMatCARS, a world-leading beamline for advanced crystallography at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labs. Jason is a Fellow of the RSC and serves or has served, often in leadership positions, in a number of organizations including NUFO, APS SAC, WNYACS (former chair), APSUO (former chair).
Adam Rondinone (Past Chair)
Dr. Adam Rondinone is the co-Director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to joining CINT, Adam was a senior staff scientist and Outreach Coordinator at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and immediately joined Oak Ridge as a prestigious Wigner Fellow. He is an expert on materials chemistry at the nanoscale and his research is focused on developing novel means to create functional nanomaterials for energy applications. Recent work has explored nanostructured electrochemical catalysts for the green conversion of carbon dioxide and nitrogen into useful products. He has served on various committees in service to ORNL, is currently chairman of the ORNL Institutional Review Board on Advanced Materials, and spent two years as a Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator Lamar Alexander working on energy and technology issues. Dr. Rondinone has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed publications and 9 patents.
Jodi Muckelbauer (Treasurer)
Dr. Muckelbauer is the Director of Structural Biology within the Small-Molecule Drug Discovery Group at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Her group focuses on the structure/function relationship of proteins; delivering 3-dimensional protein structures in complex with drug candidates using structure to guide, optimize and speed up the drug discovery process. Her group at BMS are facility users – co-running a syncrotron beam line at APS and frequent users of beam lines at NSLS-II and ALS. Prior to this work, Dr. Muckelbauer was a Principal Research Scientist at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. Her research has focused on cloning, E. coli expression and purification of soluble decay-accelerating factor; cryoelectron microscopy of coxsackievirus B3/DAF complex; and structural determination and refinement of coxsackievirus B3 to 3.5 Å resolution. Dr. Muckelbauer holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University. She has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Industrial Macromolecular Crystallography Association, as well as a member of that Board from 2002-2015.
Richard Leonard (Secretary)
Mr. Leonard is Director of Federal Programs for the Indiana Innovation Institute. He leads capture & implementation of major federal programs by building teams across the region, state and nation. His focus is on areas of involving requirements in most need of innovative solutions. Prior to this he held research, program management, business development and line management roles at Battelle Memorial Institute. He started with Battelle in 1990 after serving in the US Army. In the last 26 years with Battelle he has held a wide range of positions ranging from Research Scientist supporting US Air Force acquisition programs, to DC based Program Manager on Battelle’s support to the post-9/11 Pentagon reconstruction, to Vice President for Battelle’s 1200 staff National Security Engineering and Software businesses. In 2012 he was selected to be Battelle’s Industry Fellow at the Eisenhower School finishing the school as a Distinguished Graduate in 2013. Following his graduation, he returned to Battelle and assumed a newly created position running the corporate Business Strategy group. As Battelle’s Vice President for Business Strategy he worked directly with Battelle’s corporate leadership to develop and manage the strategic plans governing the future direction of the company. In late 2014 Mr. Leonard was appointed President and CEO, Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle Memorial Institute and an MIT spinout specializing in undersea autonomous systems and batteries. He led a corporate turnaround and eventual sale of Bluefin to General Dynamics in 2016. In March of 2016 Mr. Leonard took over the newly created Battelle Ecology Business line and in April of 2016 also assumed the role of CEO for Battelle Ecology, Inc. (formerly NEON, Inc.) This business is currently focused on completing the Construction of the $450M National Ecological Observatory Network and transitioning the Observatory into Operations. Although headquartered in Boulder, CO his team includes over 600 staff spread across 21 states and Puerto Rico.
Lily is an academic librarian and archivist with a background in research services, scholarly communication, open access, and digital and data preservation + diverse experience in project management and digital media outreach. In her current role with Digital Science she helps guide organizational leadership teams to strategize around digital tools and data that align with mission, actionable use, increased efficiency, and decision-making. She held previous positions at the College of William & Mary (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communication.
Dr. Alison Hatt is the Deputy of User Services at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She is responsible for executing the User Services strategy, including proposal calls and the peer-review process; user program data collection and reporting; management of approved user projects; and external partnerships through the user program. Before joining EMSL, she was the User Program Director at the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as a short-term detailee for the Office of Science Small Business Innovation Research Program. She has a background in science communication and is an active supporter of international programs for women in science and for science in the developing world. Dr. Hatt received a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Utah.
Dennis Mills is the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Photon Sciences at Argonne and Deputy Director of the Advanced Photon Source. His main scientific interests are X-ray optics for synchrotron radiation applications and the use of the unique properties of synchrotron radiation, such as the polarization and modulated time structure, for studying condensed matter physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Crystallographic Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987), University of Chicago Medal for Distinguished Performance at Argonne (1997), the Advanced Photon Source’s Arthur H. Compton Award (1998) for work related to x-ray optics, and the University of Chicago Pinnacle of Education Award (2008) for his contributions to the development of the National Neutron and X-ray Scattering School. He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in Applied Physics in 1979. He worked as a Staff Scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) from 1979 until 1988 when he joined the staff of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne.
Ashley White is the Director of Communications for Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source. In this role, she draws on her background as a researcher and science policy advisor to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to convey the ALS’s key accomplishments to current and potential users, federal funders and policymakers, and the general public. Prior to joining the ALS, she served in the U.S. Senate as an MRS/OSA Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow and in NSF’s Division of Materials Research as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She also previously managed the materials science research program at the U.S. Green Building Council. She received a PhD in materials science from the University of Cambridge, and a BS and BA in materials science and engineering and music, respectively, from Virginia Tech.
Jennifer Greenamoyer is the American Institute of Physics’ principal government relations liaison, working to assist AIP’s Member Societies with development and implementation of government relations initiatives. She regularly represents AIP to Congress and other policy makers to forward science policy interests and works with the S&T community to influence policy developments and lobby for appropriations. In addition, she manages AIP’s Congressional and State Department fellowship programs. Jen received her MSC in Oceanography and Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She began her career working for the Environmental Protection Agency helping with the development of regulations in the Office of Water and the Office of the Administrator. At EPA, she also conducted training for EPA staff on regulation development and worked on small business regulatory relief. While on Capitol Hill, Jen worked as professional staff for the House Committee on Small Business where she specialized in regulations, primarily pertaining to environmental and labor issues. Before joining AIP, Jen worked for the Sea Grant Association as Director of External Affairs where she was responsible for working to secure annual appropriations and monitoring legislative developments.
Crystal Schrof recently retired, she was the Scientific and Program Services Office Manager for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD). That office has responsibility for the User Program for the High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source. Prior to joining NScD, she served as the Independent Oversight Manager and Associate General Counsel at ORNL. Her practice area included environmental, safety and health, export control, contracts, and national security. Crystal recently participated in the ORCiD Working Group to establish profile categories for Research Resources and Service and Membership and the changes to the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) standards and manuscript acceptance schema. She holds a BA from Eastern Illinois University, a MA from University of Illinois – Springfield, and a JD from the University of Tennessee. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Tennessee. .
Lauren Rotman is the Science Engagement Group Lead for the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In this role, she leads a team that drives adoption of high speed research networking for data sharing, storage and computing by DOE scientists. In an era of unprecedented data growth, Lauren advocates for increased federal investments in Information Technology for the research community. To assist scientists in adoption of data transfer services, she has developed forums to build bridges between laboratory IT leaders and the scientists they support. With nearly two decades of experience working within the research and education community, Lauren has developed international partnerships, built high-performance teams and led positive organizational change. Prior to ESnet, she was the Director of Communications for Internet2, a non-profit that provides high-speed networking and cloud computing to the higher education community. In this role, Lauren managed outreach programs including the organization’s communications strategy and public policy efforts. She successfully co-authored a proposal leading to a $62M Department of Commerce grant which extended high bandwidth networking to small colleges, K-12 schools, libraries and hospitals. In her early career, Lauren held various Public Relations roles. As Corporate Communications Manager for MCI (now Verizon), she served as an “on the record” spokesperson requiring rapid responses to high profile media deadlines. She also held positions with Strategic Communications Group, Edelman Public Relations and the White House. Lauren has a B.S. in Communications and Political Science from Boston University.