2020-21 Secretary/Treasurer Candidate Todd Osman, Ph.D.
Candidate Statement – CESSE Secretary/TreasurerThe Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) is a unique organization that reflects what is best about professional societies - a welcoming environment to advance members’ careers and to support the missions of non-profit associations. I experienced this at my very first CESSE meeting where I was able to tap into the CESSE community’s knowledge sharing. And I have developed many fruitful working relationships and friendships over the years within CESSE. As I enter the latter part of my career, I hope to reflect the spirit of those who first welcomed me at CESSE and continue to give back to this community. That is why I am glad to serve on the CESSE Board and would welcome the opportunity to further serve as the CESSE Secretary/Treasurer.
The sustainability of CESSE and any future growth of the organization must be built upon a strong financial foundation. This has been a focal point for the CESSE Board recently and I intend to be diligent in ensuring that best financial practices are in place. I was a Founding Treasurer for a non-profit organization, soliciting and securing government and corporate funding for nanomaterials research. I led a complete transformation of MRS’s financial systems, compliance protocols, investment portfolio, and budget performance. And I chaired the 2019 Tau Beta Pi Financial Review Committee that led to an overhaul of volunteer policies and investment practices. As Secretary/Treasurer, I will draw upon these experiences to work with the CESSE Board and staff to take the next steps in ensuring sustainable financial and investment practices for CESSE.
CESSE also needs to be a community-driven, volunteer-led organization. Our programs must meet the needs of our community and be relevant to the changing landscape of professional societies. We must consciously engage the next generation of leaders who will be foundational volunteers for the future of CESSE. This has been a key focus area of mine at MRS, whether it be creating diversity and inclusion programs, instituting staff professional development offerings, increasing member engagement activities or revamping MRS’s governance practices. My experience working with staff and volunteers to launch and sustain these programs will be instrumental as CESSE seeks to better engage professional society staff, serving their needs and welcoming them more broadly into the CESSE community.
BiographyTodd M. Osman, Ph.D. is an engineering executive with peer and corporate recognition for his research and community leadership. He has served as the Executive Director for the Materials Research Society (MRS) for 12 years and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
Todd earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has worked in industry and at a government laboratory. Todd has been a principal and/or program lead on grants for developing country engagement, inclusive graduate education practices, and diversity programs.
Todd has coordinated cooperative R&D programs in North America, Europe and Asia; launched a non-profit organization and a non-profit Foundation; and partnered with volunteers to grow the Materials Research Society’s awards, education, publications and meetings portfolios. He has authored numerous articles and invited talks on topics including the commercial and social impact of materials, innovation, leadership, diversity and inclusion, product development, and fracture of materials.