|Posted by David Gottfried on February 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM|
Dr. Ronald E. Hunter, Jr. is a Scientist at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a process innovator and improver catalyzing and igniting lasting change evident via his work ethic. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Hunter was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Chemist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked on analyzing tobacco biomarkers in biological fluids. He did his post-doctoral work at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where he designed, validated, and implemented pivotal mass spectrometric methods for the analyses of persistent organic pollutants, such as pesticides, in several different matrices. Dr. Hunter obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Spanish from Mercer University and a PhD in analytical chemistry at Emory University where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an Emory University Diversity Fellow. His current work focuses on the assessment of the overall water quality used to make product, the integrity of the finished products sold by The Coca-Cola Company, and new technology acquisitions for his group.
Ron is the 2017 Chair for the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society. As Chair, his responsibilities include directing section activities; chairing and arranging meetings; overseeing Committees; corresponding with National; motivating members; and serving as spokesperson for the section. This year Ron has chosen the theme – “A Year of Giving: Catalyzing Chemistry via Community”. A Year of Giving refers to the outreach and education of technical and non-technical audiences about the importance of chemists and chemistry via the coupling of commonplace and technical chemistry ideas. Via this theme, Ron looks forward to expanding the Science Coaches program, facilitating the start of Project SEED, and engaging outreach that is beneficial to all ages, particularly youth.