Email Print Share

Media Advisory 07-034

Mega-Trends at the Start of the 21st Century: How Research Can Make a Difference in the Areas That Matter

National Science Foundation's (NSF) Engineering directorate sponsors latest in Distinguished Lecture series

November 21, 2007

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

On Nov. 27, 2007, Nance Dicciani, president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials, will present a lecture on challenges facing us in the 21st century, and how research can present potential solutions.

With an emphasis on the impact of chemistry and chemical engineering, Dicciani will review key trends and the need for new technologies that help meet global needs in energy, the environment and health. She will also discuss how government can play a role in setting standards and driving applicable research.

Who: Nance K. Dicciani, president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials (See biography below)

What: NSF Directorate for Engineering Distinguished Lecture: "Mega-Trends at the Start of the 21st Century - How Research Can Make a Difference in the Areas That Matter"

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22230 (Ballston Metro stop)

Enter at corner of 9th & Stuart Streets.

Lecture will be held in the NSB Boardroom, Room 1235.

For directions, see:

The lecture is open to the public, but RSVP is required to ensure building access. Please contact Graham Giovanetti at or (703) 292-8339. Media should contact Josh Chamot at (703) 292-7730 or to register.



Dr. Nance K. Dicciani is president and CEO of Honeywell Specialty Materials, a business that develops and manufactures a diverse range of products - including non-ozone-depleting refrigerants, bullet-resistant materials, cutting-edge petroleum refining technology, and advanced materials used in the production of semiconductors.

Dicciani joined Honeywell as leader of the specialty materials business in November 2001, having previously guided business and research activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia for a number of global chemical companies.

A recognized leader in the chemical industry, Dicciani was appointed in early 2006 by President George W. Bush to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She is the only representative from the chemical industry on this panel. She also serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Chemistry Council, which presented her with its Distinguished Leadership Award in 2007. She previously served as a vice president and executive committee member of SCI, the Society of Chemical Industry, and she was the 2003 Warren K. Lewis Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dicciani has twice been ranked one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes magazine and was named as one of the "Top 40 Most Important People in the Chemical Industry" in 2006 by Chemical Business.

Dicciani earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Villanova University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. She also earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:

Program Contacts
Radhakishan Baheti, NSF, (703) 292-8339, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

mail icon Get News Updates by Email 

Connect with us online
NSF website:
NSF News:
For News Media:
Awards database:

Follow us on social