Dr. Mildred (Mille) B. Perry is Physical Scientist/Senior Advisor on the International Programs Team in the Office of Major Projects at the United States Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
She was awarded the Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) under the direction of Professor Earl Wehry where her dissertation research was “A Direct Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Solvent Refined Coal Using Matrix Isolation Fluorescence Spectroscopy”. She earned a Master of Science in Biology at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee while conducting a study of water quality on the J. Percy Priest Reservoir under the direction of Dr. Haskell Phillips. Her B.S. degree in Chemistry was also earned at Austin Peay.
Mille has been employed at NETL since she came to Pittsburgh in 1983 as a postdoctoral appointee. She began her career in Pittsburgh as a Research Chemist developing characterization methods, especially preparative-scale liquid chromatographic separations, for the “Structural Definition of Synthetic Fuels” project in the Coal Science Division. She has also served as a Process Chemistry Branch Chief in the Direct Coal Liquefaction Division, a Branch Chief in the Flue Gas Cleanup Division, and as a Project Manager in the Advanced Crosscutting Technologies and Environmental Projects Divisions. Prior to her current appointment, she served as a Senior Analyst in the Office of Coal and Environmental Systems.
She had a former career as a public school teacher in the years 1965 to 1977 teaching the sciences in Dekalb County GA, Nashville TN, and Clarksville TN. During this time she coordinated a summer workshop for teachers in Outdoor Education (NSF), chaired a textbook adoption committee, conducted in-service education for teachers, organized a Spring Extravaganza (as education chairman of the Warioto Audubon Society), reinstated the Clarksville High School Science Fair; and was recognized as Conservation Educator of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and was named a Fellow in the Tennessee Academy of Science.
Since moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Perry has served as a volunteer in many education-related activities. She served as Chairman of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh which disperses funds from the Pittsburgh Conference (PITTCON) throughout the U.S. for educational purposes, Dr. Perry was the 2002-2003 President of The Pittsburgh Conference presenting PITTCON 2003, she chaired the Pittsburgh Section American Chemical Society (ACS) in the year that the International Chemistry Olympics first came to the U.S., she initiated the ACS Pittsburgh Section “On-the-Road” program, she coordinated the SERVE (Scientists and Engineers Resource Volunteers for Education) for the U.S. Department of Energy at Pittsburgh, she served on the Education Committee for the Allegheny County Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee, and she has served on the Scholarship/Grants Committee for the Pittsburgh Zonta Club. In the fall of 1993, Dr. Perry was featured in her employer's magazine in an article entitled "Focus On" which recognized her volunteerism and interests in education.
Mildred Perry is a Senior Advisor to the International Program Team at the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. She specifically works in the Office of Major Projects.
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