Texas A&M University chemistry graduate Atashi Mukherjee Bell ’08 ’14 has been named to the 2022 cohort of the Texas A&M University 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight.
Mukherjee Bell, who earned both bachelor’s (2008) and doctoral degrees (2014) through the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry, is among this year’s 12 recipients selected by The Association of Former Students to receive the prestigious honor recognizing former students who have graduated within the past 12 years for demonstrating excellence in business and service while representing Texas A&M’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.
She is being celebrated along with Dr. Lance Brockway ’09, Maj. Aaron Reitz ’09, Dr. Jayton Bailey ’10, Lt. Cmdr. Jon Dobbins ’10, Dr. Brady Hanson ’10, Paige Mason ’10, Amelia McCracken ’10, Chibueze Amanchukwu ’12, Drew Dudley ’12, Keya Mukherjee ’18 and Jay Vaughn III ’19.
Mukherjee Bell received her Ph.D. in materials chemistry as a member of Texas A&M Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Abraham Clearfield’s research group, Since March 2020, she has served as director of scientific and regulatory affairs for BIO (Biotechnology Innovation Organization), the world’s largest biotechnology advocacy association headquartered in Washington, D.C. She specializes in sustainability, renewable energy and bio-based products regulatory policy as well as in providing guidance to companies who are leaders in the production of synthetic biology, bio-based products and biomanufacturing processes. In addition to being named an America Rising Star awardee, she helped remove regulatory hurdles for hand-sanitizer production when COVID-19 emerged.
Prior to joining BIO, Mukherjee Bell spent six years at BASF, where she held positions in process development for plant operations/production and technology acquisition and innovation management in plant science before moving into government affairs and global regulatory. She has worked on federal and international legislative and regulatory policies with a focus on international trade, bio-based chemicals and ag-biotech issues. She is equally dedicated to representing diversity in STEM leadership, consulted with business leaders and the United States government on taskforces to address barriers to inclusion.
“Advocacy work within a corporation requires marshaling different functions within the company, persons not necessarily focused on advocacy,” said her nominator. “Atashi’s intelligence, learning flexibility and personal skills allowed her to succeed in all areas.”
The 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight was conceived by the Young Alumni Advisory Council, a selected body of younger former students who advise The Association’s staff on ways to better connect with the hundreds of thousands of recent graduates of Texas A&M. Since the award’s inception in 2014, only 108 of Texas A&M’s 500,000-plus former students have been recognized with the accolade.
“I am beyond grateful to be chosen for the 2022 Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight,” Mukherjee Bell said in a recent post via her LinkedIn account. “To now get to share the stage with so many brilliant and amazing Aggies is beyond humbling.
“I am so excited that I get to help create the future. To turn the intangible into reality. To work with brilliant scientists, engineers, regulators and policy makers every day who are constantly challenging the status quo and paving the way for a sustainable future. My journey wouldn’t have hit this milestone without the innumerable people who have supported me, mentored me, taught me and inspired me to get out of my own way. I hope I can do the same for others.”
The Association of Former Students, established in 1879, is the official alumni organization of Texas A&M University. The Association connects hundreds of thousands of members of the worldwide Aggie Network with each other and the university and is providing $13 million in impact to university scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students in 2021.
For more information about the Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight or The Association, visit www.AggieNetwork.com.
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