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Clarkson Trustee's Commitment To The Professional Advancement Of Women And Minority Scientists Recognized With Award
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Clarkson University Trustee John R. Laing of Rochester, N.Y., a chemist and executive at Xerox Corporation, was honored by the world’s largest scientific society for his commitment to the professional advancement of women and minority scientists.
At the national meeting of the American Chemical Society held recently in Boston, Laing received the Women Chemists Committee Regional Award for Contributions to Diversity. The award, given this year to commemorate the Committee’s 75th anniversary, honors individuals who encourage women and minorities to pursue management and technical careers in industrial chemistry and who demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering diversity in the chemical workplace.
Since he became senior vice president of the Supplies Delivery Unit within Xerox Corporation’s Document Systems & Solutions Group in 1998, Laing has dramatically changed the demographic make-up of the global division. He has almost doubled the number of women employed as managers, principal scientists and engineers. Today nearly 25 percent of the unit’s managers are women.
Laing’s commitment to the professional advancement of women begins with preparing women in lower-level positions for management roles. His policies have also supported women who choose to work part time by providing them with challenging assignments that keep their careers on track.
Laing was elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees earlier this year. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Rochester and a doctoral degree in chemical physics from the University of Chicago. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Rochester.
Laing holds 13 U.S. patents and has authored19 scientific publications. He joined Xerox in 1977 and began his career there in the technology group designing toner materials. In 1988 he received the Xerox President’s Achievement Award. As senior vice president of the Supplies Delivery Unit, Laing is responsible for the multinational design, development, manufacturing and sourcing of toner, developer, print cartridges and fuser products.
Founded in 1927, the Women Chemists Committee is an organization within the American Chemical Society whose members are dedicated to attracting women to the chemical sciences, providing leadership for career development opportunities for women chemists and to promoting and recognizing the professional accomplishments of women chemists.