Dr. Marinda Li Wu received a B.S. cum laude with Distinction in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1976. With over thirty years of experience working in the chemical industry, she enjoyed many years working for Dow Chemical R&D as well as Dow Plastics Marketing forging partnerships between industry, education, government and communities. Dr. Wu also has entrepreneurial experience with various small chemical companies and startups including "Science is Fun!" which she founded to engage young students in the excitement of science and enhance public awareness of the importance of supporting and improving science education.
As an ACS member for over forty years, Dr. Wu has served in many leadership roles at both the local and national levels for the American Chemical Society. Dr. Wu was elected to the ACS Board of Directors in 2006 and served as Director-at-Large until 2011. In 2011, she was elected to the Presidential succession of the American Chemical Society. As ACS President-Elect for 2012, she was invited to give plenary lectures worldwide and was made an honorary member of both the Romanian Chemical Society and the Polish Chemical Society. She traveled the world visiting chemistry communities as ACS President in 2013 and Immediate Past President in 2014.
Dr. Wu serves on the University of Illinois Chemistry Alumni Advisory Board, the International Advisory Board for the 45th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress 2015, and the Board of Directors for the Chinese-American Chemical Society. She holds 7 U.S. Patents, has published a polymer textbook chapter, and numerous articles in a variety of journals and magazines over the years.
Dr. Wu is co-editor of three ACS Symposium Books based on her ACS presidential symposia to be published in 2014 and 2015 and continues to share her message of “Partners for Progress and Prosperity” with science and technology communities worldwide.