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Making people's lives better and happier through diverse STEM talent leadership

Since 1954

CME was established in 1954 by an industry steering committee to address the challenges of humanity. Today CME organizes events with NASA to promote sustainable innovation in the Space Age.

We at CME are a forward-looking nonprofit dedicated to accelerating diverse STEM talent and leadership for sustainable innovation in energy, materials and life sciences. The group focus over time has expanded from technology and business to investments and policy in order to develop a holistic approach to advancing the transformational power of chemistry, the central science, together with other fields of knowledge in the sciences and the arts for the benefit of humanity.

The founding committee included leaders from the Vick Chemical Company (acquired by P&G), Allied Chemical and Dye (acquired by Honeywell), Celanese Corporation, The Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter (acquired by ICIS), and American Cyanamid (parts of the company were acquired separately by BASF, Pfizer and Cytec). The inaugural speaker was Dr. Joseph G. Davidson, president of Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Company (Union Carbide later acquired by Dow). On its Diamond Jubilee, the Lifetime Achievement honoree and the first speaker of the 2014 CME STEM Leadership Awards™ was Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.

CME’s current Board of Directors include partners and executives from Arsenal Capital, SK Capital, American Chemistry Council, Connell Foley LLP, and SafeRock as well as industry consultants. For profiles on board members, click on “Team Member Bios” below.

CME brings together Nobel Laureates and the leaders of industry, government, academia, investors, philanthropy, and the public to share cutting-edge insights in exciting events and award-winning programs such as the STEM Leadership Awards and the CME NASA Symposiums.

CME Heritage and Evolution

Discover the success story about STEM talent and environmental stewardship

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2009 - 2019


CME Board of Directors

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Our signature events

New York,
Metropolitan Club

2022 CME STEM Leadership Awards

2022. 12. 07

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ACS Fall 2022
Chicago, Illinois

2022 CME NASA Symposium

2022. 08. 22-23

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