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CAS Announces 2024 Selections for Prestigious CAS Future Leaders™ Program
[March 25, 2024]

CAS Announces 2024 Selections for Prestigious CAS Future Leaders™ Program

The unique program provides early-career scientists with leadership training and connections to peers from around the world

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 25, 2024 /CNW/ -- CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society specializing in scientific knowledge management, is proud to announce the 2024 CAS Future Leaders. These exceptional early-career scientists were selected from a large pool of global candidates who applied for a spot in the program known as one of the best leadership learning experiences in the world of science.

The 2024 selectees are a diverse group, hailing from 13 countries, working at 33 graduate or post-doctoral programs, and specializing in scientific disciplines that span computer-aided drug design, atmospheric/environmental chemistry, sustainable polymers, and cancer diagnostics.

"CAS Future Leaders offers early-career scientists the opportunity to participate in leadership and storytelling seminars, learn from industry thought leaders how to present their ideas in an impactful manner, engage in scientific discourse, and develop connections with peer scientists from around the world," said Peter Carlton, CAS Future Leaders program director.

Participants in the program, which will take place in August, will also get a behind-the-scenes look into how CAS connects the world's science. They will present their research at ACS Fall 2024 in Denver, Colorado, and receive a three-year ACS membership as well.

The 2024 CAS Future Leaders:

Aziz Abu-Saleh, University of Windsor, Canada

Noah Bartfield, Yale University, United States

Michelle Brann, Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, United States

Rosemary L. Calabro, U.S. Army DEVCOM Armaments Center and United States Military Academy, United States

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Áine Coogan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Chiara Deriu, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Madison Elaine Edwards, Texas A&M University, United States

Olga EreminaUniversity of Southern California, United States

Inès Forrest, Scripps Research Institute, United States

Patrick W. Fritz, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Nabojit Kar, Indiana University Bloomington, United States

Stavros Kariofillis, Columbia University, United States

Joshua Kofsky, Queen's University, Canada

Eric Kohn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

Danielle Maxwell, University of Michigan, United States

Keita Mori, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Aditya Nandy, University of Chicago, United States

Akachukwu Obi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Ernest Opoku, Auburn University, United States

Daisy Pooler, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Pragti, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India

Stephanie Schneider, McMaster University, Canada

Ekaterina Selivanovitch, Cornell University, United States

Hanchen Shen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China

Lilian Sophie Szych, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Alexander Umanzor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, United States

Ken Aldren Usman, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University - Waurn Ponds, Australia

Sara T. R. Velasquez, University of Twente, Netherlands

Gayatri Viswanathan, Iowa State University, United States

Kunyu Wang, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Athi Welsh, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Kyra Yap, Stanford University, United States

Yirui Zhang, Stanford University, United States

Junyi Zhao, Washington University in St. Louis, United States

In addition to the 35 in-person participants, CAS provides virtual programming and other career benefits to 65 additional outstanding selectees through the CAS Future Leaders Top 100 program.

"I am thrilled to be selected for the 2024 CAS Future Leaders program alongside such an esteemed group of interdisciplinary scientists. I look forward to gaining new leadership skills and building lasting connections with peers who are as passionate as I am about science and leadership," said Michelle Brann from the Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Learn more about the 2024 CAS Future Leaders program at

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