Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering was created in 1981 to assist in the development and long-range planning for the rapidly growing school.

To continue the tradition of excellence in professional programs while expanding graduate research programs, Julian C. Smith, then director of the school, asked representatives from industry and academia to join in providing the school "guidance from knowledgeable people who have an interest in the quality of our future-and who can help us in charting our directions." Advisory Council members serve a three-year term and convene once a year, meeting with faculty and students of the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well as administrators of the College of Engineering.

Fazeela Abdul Rashid *Council Chair

Fazeela Abdul Rashid *Council Chair
Revolution LLC 

F. John Burpo

F. John Burpo, Sc.D.
Colonel, U.S. Army
Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry and Life Science
United States Military Academy at West Point

Stephanie Glass

Stephanie Glass
Advanced Sustainability Engineering Associate
ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company

Karen Havenstrite

Karen Havenstrite, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer
Tangible Science


Michael Jones

Michael Jones, BS '85 Chem. Eng.
Managing Director
MQQ Jones & Company Inc. Strategic advising and investing

Kelvin H. Lee

Kelvin H. Lee, Ph.D.
Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Institute Director, National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)
University of Delaware

Greg Moore

Greg Moore
Partner and Portfolio Manager
Millennium Management

Paul Mensah, Pfizer, Inc.

Paul Mensah, Ph.D.
Vice President, Bioprocess Research & Development
Biotherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pfizer, Inc.


Poornima Padmanabhan

Poornima Padmanabhan
Associate Professor
Rochester Technical Institute, Chemical Engineering

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos

Carlos M. Rinaldi-Ramos
Chair and Dean's Leadership Professor
University of Florida

Harvey G. Stenger

Harvey G. Stenger, Ph.D.
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Kathleen J. Stebe

Kathleen J. Stebe, Ph.D.
Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania


Kathleen Vaeth

Kathleen Vaeth, Ph.D.
Senior Engineering Manager
Qualitrol Corportation

Rebecca Willits

Rebecca Willits
Professor, Chairperson
Northeastern University

Todd Zion

Todd Zion, Ph.D. 
Co-founder, President, and CEO
Akston Biosciences Corporation