KEYNOTE LECTURE: Robotics in the 21st Century
Opening Remarks: Women in STEM
Dr. Dorothy J. Phillips is serving her second term on the American Chemical Society Board of Directors, Director-at-Large, 2014- 2019. She holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in chemistry and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in biochemistry. Dr. Phillips began her industrial career in 1974 at Dow Chemical Company where she spent nine years and received three patents. She joined Waters Corporation in R&D in 1984 and retired in 2013 as Director of Strategic Marketing. She was instrumental in the development of Waters’ flagship Symmetry® and Oasis® product brands. She received the Waters Manager’s Award for Innovation in 1987 and 1988. She has published and/or presented over 70 papers that focus on high performance liquid chromatography technology and applications.
In 1996, Dr. Phillips transitioned from R&D to Marketing as Brand Manager for the Oasis® family of products. As Director of Strategic Marketing, she traveled in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Japan to identify and assess new technologies and business opportunities to meet global separation needs. She was the first recipient of the Waters Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to Waters and the Waters Community in 2008.
Her honors and awards also include the Vanderbilt University Dr. Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Endowed Chair, 2015; American Chemical Society Fellow, Class of 2010; Distinguished Chemist Award, The New England Institute of Chemists, Division of the American Institute of Chemists, 2011; Shirley B. Radding Award, Santa Clara Valley Section ACS, 2008; Northeastern Section ACS Henry A. Hill Award, 2006; Nashville Section ACS, Salute to Excellence Award, 2004; TTT Mentor Program (Cambridge, MA) Role Model in Science, 2003-17; Unsung Heroine Award, Vanderbilt University, 2006; Distinguished Alumni, University of Cincinnati, McMickens College of Arts and Sciences, 1994 and Center for Women Studies, 1993. Vanderbilt University presents annually The Dr. Dorothy Wingfield Phillips Award for Leadership to a graduating senior in recognition of the student’s outstanding accomplishments.
She was a speaker at recent ACS national meetings including the spring 2015 Committee on Minority Affairs Luncheon in Denver, CO and the fall 2015 “Legacy of Henry A. Hill” symposium in Boston, MA. Dr. Phillips was an invited speaker in Beijing at the Sixth Annual International Congress of Drug Discovery Science and Technology in 2008 and at PepCon 2010. During the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 she was invited to speak at North Carolina A&T State University Department of Chemistry Fourth Bi-annual Chemical Sciences Symposium; International Conference on Chemistry for Mankind, Nagpur, India; and the 15th Indian Society of Chemists & Biologists International Conference, Rajkot (Gujarat), India.
Dr. Phillips also serves ACS through the Northeastern Local Section, chair,1993, councilor, 1995-2013 and Trustee, 2014-2019 and in the Division of Analytical Chemistry, chair, 2009-2010. She is a member of National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her husband James Phillips, a chemist, is an ACS volunteer. They have three adult children and grandchildren.