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Our members are an essential part of our organization’s success. As a Rubber Division, ACS member, you have an opportunity to become involved and help steer the direction of the Division by joining a committee.

Click on the committees below to learn the purpose of each one. Contact the corresponding staff liaison noted if you are interested in joining a committee.

Note: Most committees meet at our spring Technical Meeting and at our International Elastomer Conference. Committee members are expected to attend in order to maintain active participation in the committee.

25-Year Club Committee

Staff Liaison: Heather Maimone

The 25-Year Club Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to the semi-annual 25-Year Club Luncheon. In conjunction with the Meetings Manager, the Committee Chair and members promote the ongoing recognition of individuals who have been in the rubber industry for 25 or more years.

Advisory Committee on Testing Procedures

Staff Liaison: Chuck Brady

This committee serves in a technical advisory capacity for any established proficiency testing provider concerning testing procedures used by the rubber industry. The committee, working in conjunction with Technical Meetings Manager, is also a resource for Division members, providing advice on appropriate testing procedures for measuring physical properties of in-process and final production raw materials.

Best Paper Committee

Staff Liaison: Chuck Brady

In 1957, Rubber Division, ACS created a Best Paper Committee with the expressed objective of improving the quality of technical presentations at our meetings by evaluating and publicly recognizing the outstanding contributions and presentations. The recognition of outstanding authors and presentations is in the form of Rubber Science and Technology Best Paper Awards and Honorable Mention Awards for papers presented at all Rubber Division, ACS Technical Meetings. To recognize the efforts of those individuals who contribute to Rubber Division, ACS by organizing and moderating sessions, the Best Paper provides information on the highest-graded symposium of each meeting; this information is the basis for awarding a Best Symposium Award. An award is also given in the event that an Educational Symposium is part of the program for the Best Educational Symposium Paper.

Education & Publications Committee

Staff Liaison: Christie Robinson

The Education and Publications Committee’s mission is to provide and advance educational opportunities for rubber and affiliated industry personnel by offering educational programs and publications. The Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to education, training and technical publications. In conjunction with the Training & Development Director, the Committee Chair and members develop programs to address educational and training issues that impact the rubber and affiliated industries. To foster the continued and advanced education of rubber industry personnel, the Division provides on line educational correspondence courses, education workshops, technical presentations, technical publications, journals and other related literature.

Exhibits & Meeting Sites Committee

Staff Liaison: Beth Berkheimer

The Exhibit & Meeting Sites Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to the expo held during our International Elastomer Conference. In conjunction with the Exposition & Future Sites Director, the Committee Chair and members plan, implement and manage programs to address issues that affect the Exhibitions, with a particular emphasis on increasing Exhibitor participation and attendance at the Exhibitions.

Marketing Committee

Staff Liaison: Gretchen Cermak

The Marketing Committee oversees and provides direction, with continuity, regarding marketing, advertising, communications, public relations and related activities pertaining to all functions of the Division. The Committee develops programs to enhance the image and perception of Rubber Division, ACS as a technically oriented society devoted to increasing the professionalism and education of rubber chemists, technologists and engineers, while assisting Division staff and membership.

Membership Committee

Staff Liaison: Heather Maimone

The Membership Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to current and future membership categories of the Division. In conjunction with the Membership Director, the Committee Chair and members develop programs that focus on maintaining current members and recruiting new members to the Division. Individual Membership categories include Members, Affiliates, Emeritus Members, Life Members and Student Members. Corporate Membership categories include Tier I (up to 50 Members), Tier II (up to 30 Members), Tier III (up to 20 Members) and Tier IV (up to 10 members). Corporate Memberships also provide other benefits described in the Corporate Membership program.

Program Planning Committee

Staff Liaison: Chuck Brady

The Program Planning Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to the technical program and symposia papers at the semi-annual meetings. The Committee Chair and members seek excellence in the scientific and technological content of the Rubber Division, ACS semi-annual meetings, while recognizing the broad interests represented by a large number of the membership.

RCT Editorial Board

Staff Liaison: Chuck Brady

The committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to the Rubber Chemistry and Technology journal, working in conjunction with the Technical Meetings Manager. The Chair of the committee and members are responsible for technical aspects of RC&T.

Scholarship Committee

Staff Liaison: Heather Maimone

The Scholarship Committee oversees and administers the Division’s undergraduate scholarship program in conjunction with the Membership Director and with final approval of the Executive Committee. The purpose of the Rubber Division, ACS Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize and reward outstanding college juniors and seniors majoring in a technical discipline relevant to the rubber industry, with the intent that they will seek and find permanent professional employment with a rubber manufacturer, supplier to the industry or user of the industry’s products. The purpose of the Rubber Technology Training Award is to offer the opportunity to enhance the skills of a person currently employed in the rubber industry.

Service Awards Committee

Staff Liaison: Heather Maimone

The Service Awards Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to the recognition of those members of the Rubber Division, ACS who have demonstrated significant contributions through their service, to the promotion of the principles embodied in the Division’s vision and mission.

Strategic Partnership Committee

Staff Liaison: Ed Miller

The Strategic Partnership Committee oversees and provides guidance regarding Division activities related to establishing relationships and joint efforts with other organizations within and outside the U.S. In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Committee will develop and strengthen effective working relationships with selected organizations that will support and foster the mission of the Division. The Subcommittees will work within their assigned functions and duties and report recommendations and status to the Strategic Partnership Committee during committee meetings.

Student Affairs Committee

Staff Liaison: Heather Maimone

The Student Affairs Committee oversees and provides direction regarding Division activities related to Student Chapters, students participating in the technical program and presenting technical papers at the Rubber Division’s Fall Meeting Student Colloquium and with related Academic Poster Sessions. In conjunction with the Membership Director, Technical Meetings Manager and the Committee Chair, members shall promote increased academic participation in Rubber Division, ACS meetings by encouraging participation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both the Student Colloquium and Poster Session.

Subdivision Advisory Committee

Staff Liaison: Ed Miller

The Subdivision Advisory Committee oversees and provides guidance regarding Division activities related to Subdivisions (Rubber Groups). The committee also interfaces directly with Rubber Groups to provide a forum for information exchange via the Rubber Groups Roundtable and to ensure that Subdivision Sunset, Merger and Sunrise rules are followed. In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Committee Chair and members shall review recommendations and suggestions regarding Rubber Group activities and programs and provide guidance.