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This panel will discuss how materials researchers can leverage social media as a networking tool as well as a way to promote their work through the press.


Christopher D. Incarvito
Yale University

Christopher D. Incarvito has served as Director of Research Operations and Technology at Yale University's West Campus since 2011. In this role he leads development of research, faculty recruitment, campus expansion, sustainability, and has executive oversight for communications and the Yale Landscape Laboratory. He is responsible for the quality and creation of new research programming and facilities through collaborative work with faculty, directors, deans, department chairs and other university leadership. He spearheads an ambitious program of laboratory modernization across West Campus, delivering a significant expansion of Yale’s science and engineering capacity. He manages strategic capital investments, deployment of high-value shared research instrumentation laboratories, and has built successful collaborations with global scientific research organizations. Incarvito earned a PhD degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2002. His research interests include the application of orthogonal analytical instrumentation to complex chemical and biological problems with a focus on x-ray based techniques. He is an expert in the field of x-ray crystallography and has been recognized with co-authorship of  more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on a number of university-wide committees and is a member of the university’s Staff Leadership Council.


Matt Grandbois
Dow-DuPont Holding Company

Matt Grandbois is the Strategic Marketing Manager for the Electronics & Imaging business of the Dow-DuPont Holding Company, where he is responsible for investor relations reporting for the E&I segment and focuses on developing new technologies and solutions to the electronics industry. Grandbois is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Younger Chemist Committee and is the current Chair of the ACS Division of the Professional Relations Younger Chemist Subdivision. In these roles, he develops programming at national ACS Meetings aimed at developing professional skills for young scientists. He has been developing trainings and programs to further improve the communication skills of scientists while he was part of the University of Minnesota Chemistry Department Graduate Student Workshop Committee that further spread to his leadership within Dow’s internal early career scientist development committee. Grandbois has a BA  degree (2004) in chemistry and music performance from Augustana College and a PhD  degree (2010) in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar to Norway, where he studied the relationship between technology and society at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Ken Haenen
Hasselt University & IMEC vzw

Ken Haenen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics, and Director of the Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology at Hasselt University, where he obtained his PhD degree in physics in 2002. He is also a guest professor at IMEC. His research interests focus on CVD diamond, including its deposition, optoelectronic characterization, surface functionalization, and diamond-based devices, as part of a broader scope on carbon materials for energy harvesting and conversion. He is a 2017 volume organizer for MRS Bulletin and Editor-in-Chief of Diamond and Related Materials. Haenen is involved in the organization of several leading international diamond and nanocarbon conferences, including the International Conference on Diamond and Carbon Materials (Chair), Hasselt Diamond Workshop (Co-chair), and New Diamond and Nano Carbons (Executive Committee); he organized MRS symposia on carbon functional interfaces at the 2011 and 2013 MRS Spring Meetings; and he served as a Meeting Chair of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting.

Jennifer L. Maclachlan
PID Analyzers, LLC

As a co-owner and sales manager of PID Analyzers, LLC, Jennifer L. Maclachlan is responsible for managing relationships with distributors and key clients as well as the web-based marketing, social, and digital media initiatives, of which she was an early adopter. Maclachlan is the Chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) and Chair of the ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG), which is responsible for determining themes and selecting theme leaders for the ACS National Meetings. She is a founder of the Cape Cod Science Café, which she started in 2011, with support from the Northeastern Section of the ACS (NESACS) and an International Year of Chemistry (IYC2011) mini-grant. This program has continued to gain popularity and the 21st Cape Cod Science Café will take place on March 3, 2018, within  a large public outreach event, STEM Journey, of which she is a founding member and organizer. STEM Journey is an award-winning K–12 annual public outreach, daylong event with collaborative efforts from the ACS Local Section (NESACS), the Cape & Islands Boy Scouts, Sandwich STEM Academy, and PID Analyzers, LLC. Maclachlan is the Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Task Force on Safety Matters, and is currently piloting the Safety Matters training program for young workers in her local community of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In September 2017, Maclachlan contributed a book chapter to Communicating Chemistry Through Social Media, ACS Books Publishing.

Judy Meiksin
Materials Research Society

Judy Meiksin is News Editor for the Materials Research Society, where she is responsible for generating content for news and features for MRS Bulletin, the Materials360® Newsletter, and Meeting Scene®. She has taught writing for over 20 years, including courses at the University of Pittsburgh and the School of the Carnegie as well as invited workshops, most recently at the College of William and Mary and at the Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy (Bangalore). She has her BA degree (1983) from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA degree (1989) from the University of Pittsburgh, both in Writing.

Rahim Munir
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Rahim Munir is a doctoral candidate at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and affiliated with the KAUST Solar Center (KSC), where he works on understanding the structure-properties-performance relationship for perovskite solar cells. He completed his MSc degree from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He leads a team of scientists from KAUST to perform x-ray based experiments at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). Munir is an active member of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and played major leading roles in the MRS-KAUST Student Chapter. He publishes articles on his personal blog and is a volunteer science writer for MRS Bulletin. He has given several invited talks about leadership and communication skills and has encouraged students of Saudi universities to pursue science and engineering as their career. Recently, he organized the “Academic Writing” symposia during the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. In his free time, he enjoys reading Oriental philosophy.


Jo Skelton
Cambridge University Press    

Jo Skelton has been a part of the Academic Marketing team at Cambridge University Press (CUP) for the past nine years. In her current capacity as Society Marketing Manager, she heads a team of marketing executives developing innovative marketing strategies for a number of society journals, which includes the Materials Research Society publications. During her time at CUP, Skelton has spearheaded a number of key projects including the creation and continued development of the Cambridge Core blog and the adoption of the social media management tool Hootsuite, which is now used throughout the Press. Skelton has particular interest in the fields of web analytics, social media and data-driven marketing insights