The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide supportive leadership to develop and implement the College of Chemistry’s strategic objectives to increase our financial strength, fulfill our public mission (education, research & service), and enhance our academic excellence and worldwide reputation.
The Advisory Board will focus on the following five strategic objectives:
- Student-Alumni Engagement: leverage our alumni community to enhance our student experience and employment in targeted companies and industries.
- Revenue Generation: generate greater revenue to ensure our College’s financial well-being through new continuing/executive education programs and the commercialization of intellectual property generated by our faculty.
- Development: prioritize and pursue resources to meet our College’s philanthropic priorities, including capital projects & facility upgrades, student scholarships & fellowships, faculty chairs, and core support of our College and degree programs.
- Reputation & Brand: enhance our reputation and brand to ensure we continue to be recognized and ranked as the very best in the world.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: enhance diversity, equity and inclusion among our College’s students, faculty, staff, and greater community.
Advisory Board Chair
John H. Markels, Ph.D., President, Merck Vaccines
John became President of Global Vaccines at Merck in 2019. Merck holds a $7 billion vaccines business and is a global leader providing a broad portfolio of pediatric, adolescent, and adult vaccines to the world. John brings greater than 30 years of pharmaceutical experience to this role. Immediately preceding this appointment, John was Merck's President for Latin America.
Advisory Board Members
Andre Argenton, Ph.D., Global Senior Director of Corporate Research, The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Argenton joined The Dow Chemical Company in 1999, and is currently leading Dow's Global Corporate Research division with the goal of creating new and disruptive high value businesses opportunities. His specialties include strategy, R&D, assessment of businesses opportunities, talent creation, statistical data analysis and visualization, and interfacial science. Andre obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Universidade de São Paulo.
Shih Hung Chan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Fuel Cell Center/Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University
Retired President, University Chair Professor and Far Eastern Energy Distinguished Professor of Yuan Ze University. Served as Taiwan Presidential Science adviser. Served as President of several energy organizations and associations. Served as a dean, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, chairman, faculty and researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, New York University, Polytechnic University of New York and Argonne National Laboratory.
Sunney I. Chan, Ph.D. , CalTech, Emeritus George Grant Hoag Professor Biophysical Chemistry
Dr. Chan was an active faculty member at CalTech from 1963 to 2002. He has served on the Academic Sinica as vice-president and was Director of National Research Program of Genomic Medicine, National Science Council, Republic of China among his many prestigious appointments. His research group focuses on the structure and function of membrane proteins.
Nirmal Chatterjee, Ph.D., Retired Vice President Engineering, Air Products and Chemicals, Previous Board Advisory Board Chair
Nirmal started at Air Products in 1971 after receiving his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Berkeley with David Lyon. He retired 30 years later as Vice President of Engineering. Air Products core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage.
Rubber Chen, B.S., CEO of Pioneer Material Precision Tech (PMP Tech)
PMP Tech has been a leader in the research and manufacturing of high-tech elastomers and other rubber products for over 40 years. PMP Tech practices innovative, environmentally friendly processes. Its market includes the world’s top ten technology brands.
Margaret Chu-Moyer, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, Amgen Inc.
Margaret leads a team of over a 100 scientists at Amgen, Inc. working on a variety of research projects devoted to creating lifesaving medicines, including projects focused on cancer, heart disease and more. Her teams are involved in the early stages of drug discovery which typically take three to five years work for a treatment to reach patient trials.
Herbert H. Hooper, Ph.D., Managing General Partner, Ampersand Ventures
Herb joined Ampersand in 2002 with more than fifteen years experience working with Healthcare companies – first as an entrepreneur at Ampersand portfolio company ACLARA Biosciences, and later as an Ampersand Managing Partner. His current and past board seats include ACLARA, Bako, Signature Genomics and Viracor-IBT Laboratories.
Ted Hou, Ph.D., CEO at NEEM Scientific; General Partner, Berkeley Catalyst Fund
Ted is the Founder and CEO of NEEM Scientific, an early stage start-up company with core competence in creating novel nano materials. Efficient devices made from these materials can be used in consumer electronics, energy production, environmental protection, and healthcare. He has worked with large telecom, solar and energy companies in China. With Laura Smoliar and Drew Lanza, he founded the Berkeley Catalyst Fund, an incubator for entrepreneurial startups that will also give back to the College of Chemistry.
Steven Isaacs, Ph.D., Chairman, President and CEO Aduro Biotech
Dr. Isaacs founded Aduro Biotech in 2008, a company focused on advancing leading-edge proprietary technologies that are designed to initiate and sustain the immune system to mobilize and attack tumors. Dr. Isaacs is an inventor with over 40 issued patents and has founded several other biotech companies. He concurrently sits on the Board of the UC Berkeley Foundation.
Yuan T. Lee, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, UCB Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, President Emeritus Academia Sinica
Dr. Lee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1986 and has been honored for his contribution to science by many nations. He holds Honorary Doctorates from 41 universities worldwide. Dr. Lee has been a professor at many institutions including: the University of Chicago; University of California, Berkeley; Honorary Professor at the National Taiwan University; and Distinguished Research Fellow at Academia Sinica. He also served as President of the Academia Sinica from 1994 to 2006.
Gary M. Masada, Ph.D., Retired President and CIO, IT, ERTC Chevron Corporation
Gary joined Chevron as a research chemist in 1972. He held various technical positions at Chevron Research Co. until he transferred to Chevron U.S.A. operations and planning in 1978. Gary ultimately stepped into the role of President and CIO of ChevronTexaco's Information Technology Company in 2003 having previously been president of ChevronTexaco Energy Research and Technology Company.
Alan Mendelson, J.D., Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP
In Alan's legal practice, he represents emerging and public growth companies, primarily in the life sciences industry. He served as Co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies Practice from 2001 to 2013 and currently is Co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group. Alan has handled and supervised a variety of major business transactions including venture capital financing, private placements, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic collaborations and commercial transactions.
Cynthia Murphy-Ortega, B.S., Manager, University Partnerships & Association Relations, Chevron Corporation
Cynthia currently manages Chevron’s relationships with universities and professional societies and institutes throughout the world. She joined Chevron in 1991 as an engineer with the Richmond Refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked in various roles at Chevron including management of Chevron’s technical competency development programs and Organizational Capability Manager with the Process, Analytical and Catalysis department.
Ann Caviani Pease, Ph.D., J.D., Partner at Dechert LLP (retired)
Ann specializes in intellectual property law and chaired the firm’s patent practice at Dechert. A registered patent attorney, she counseled clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries on intellectual property strategy. Her focus was on the procurement of world-wide patent portfolios.
R. Andrew Ramelmeier, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Technical Operations & Manufacturing, Sangamo Therapeutics
Andy joined Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. in January 2018. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Biologics Technical Operations at Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2014. He has 20 years experience with a strong foundation in the development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, including monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, enzymes and other therapeutic proteins. His technical expertise spans from cell culture and fermentation through purification, formulation and parenteral fill/finish.
Georgieanna Scheuerman, Ph.D., Retired Manager, Applied Research and Catalysis, Chevron Energy Technology Company
Georgieanna oversaw a team of researchers who develop technology for Chevron, including refinery and chemical systems that improve the processes of converting crude oil into gasoline and other products that Chevron’s customers use every day. The organization produces both patents and technology.
Ronald E. Silva, J.D, , President & CEO , Fillmore Capital Partners, LLC
Ron is the Chairman of the Board of the largest privately held long-term care company in the United States and serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Fillmore Capital Partners, LLC. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Lowe Enterprises, Inc. Prior to joining Lowe, he developed his early real estate and credit skills as a Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank. He serves as Chairman of the Board of AlixaRx, LLC.
Harmeet Singh, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President, Lam Research
Harmeet is currently Corporate Vice President at Lam Research, a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the global semiconductor industry. He has held various positions at Lam Research since 2000 including roles in product development, process development, and productivity solutions. He is the holder of a number of patents.
Jovian Sun, MBA, Investment Director, Fosun Health Fund
Jovian has served as investment director of the venture capital investment department of Fosun Pharma, responsible for FOF investment in various regions covering the United States and Israel. With over 10 years of pharmaceutical and biotech investment experience, she has worked in different functions at Fosun Pharma including mergers and acquisitions, secondary market investment and business development.
Peter Walther, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Heterogeneous Catalysis, BASF Corporation
Dr. Peter Walther is Senior Vice President of Heterogeneous Catalysis at BASF. Peter earned his PhD in chemistry in 1993 at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. He began his career at BASF in Central Research and held various leadership positions in the company thereafter. He has held his current role, based in Iselin, NJ since 2015.
Ellie Yi-Li Yieh, B.S., Vice President & General Manager, Applied Materials, Inc.
Ellie is Vice President for Advanced Product Technology Development at Applied Materials, Inc. She is responsible for the technical excellence of the company’s state-of-the-art Maydan Technology Center R&D lab. She joined Applied in 1989 as a process engineer in the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) group and has headed several successful product developments over her 20-plus years with the company. She holds over 100 semiconductor engineering patents.