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David Harwell

David Harwell is part of the senior management team at the American Chemical Society, the largest professional scientific association in the world. He is responsible for helping chemists find employment and develop professionally. He also staffs the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative Advisory Board catalyzing entrepreneurship and job creation in the chemical sciences.


David Harwell has a proven leadership record specializing in strategic planning, innovation, change management, employee engagement, and facilitated learning.

  • Strong technical background in the sciences including synthesis, analysis, and theory
  • Established record as an effective educator in formal (University of Hawaii) and informal (public outreach) settings
  • Effective communicator in technical and non-technical arenas with strong oral and written abilities
  • Proficiency in web-based technologies including social software, databases, learning management systems and web design

David's core expertise includes executive management, strategic planning, education, leadership training, chemistry, facilitation, web development and e-learning management.

David Harwell's Background

David Harwell's Experience

Assistant Director, Career Management & Development at American Chemical Society

October 2006 - Present | Washington, DC

Responsible for the transformation of the Society's professional training programs including the ACS Center for Professional Development, a learning management system. Oversight of Society's job center and database connecting job seekers to employers. Management of five staff members, 86 volunteer presenters and consultants. Staff Liaison to the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) and the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative Advisory Board. Certified facilitator for ACS Leadership Development System courses.

Assistant Director, Local Section and Community Activities at American Chemical Society

November 2004 - Present | Washington, DC

Directed training and support programs for ACS local section leaders and community events coordinators. Managed dues allocation disbursements and administration of annual reporting process. Coordinated ACS Leadership Institute, and assisted the ACS President during the NCW Extreme Tour covering 13,000 miles is 10 days.

Manager, Office of Community Activities at American Chemical Society

November 2001 - November 2004

Managed the National Chemistry Week program reaching more than 30 million people annually through science literacy publications and activities as well as PR campaigns. Initiated Chemists Celebrate Earth Day program and oversaw the ACS Salutes to Excellence campaign. Served as Staff Liaison to the ACS NCW Task Force and the Committee on Community Activities.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Hawaii, Manoa

January 1997 - January 2001 | Honolulu, HI

Conducted research in silicon particles for optoelectronic, nanotechnology applications, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in general and inorganic chemistry.

Chemistry Instructor at Texas Tech University

January 1993 - January 1994 | Lubbock, TX

Taught general chemistry courses for students majoring in subjects other than chemistry.

David Harwell's Education

University of Maryland College Park

2011 – 2011

mini-MBA 2.0 Certificate

Concentration: economics


University of California, Los Angeles

1994 – 1996

Postdoc

Concentration: Chemistry

Activities: Focused on boron chemistry, synthesis and characterization. Research included compounds used in the radioimmunodetection and radioimmunotherapy of breast cancer. Also synthesized a boron-gold compound with the world's strongest aurophilic interaction.


Texas Tech University

1989 – 1993

Ph.D.

Concentration: Chemistry

Activities: Synthesized organophosphorous reagents for the extraction of actinides and lanthanides from nuclear waste streams.


Texas Tech University

1986 – 1989

B.S.

Concentration: Chemistry

Activities: Chemistry major and biology minor.


David Harwell's Interests & Activities

executive management, employee development, volunteer leadership and support, online communities, economic growth, chemistry

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