“If I really think about what is the proudest thing of my life, it’s my daughter.”
Maureen Rouhi, editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News, shares the worldview that guided her journey toward a career in chemistry as well as her very proudest moment, which involved a much different kind of science.
Rouhi has B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural chemistry from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, and a Ph.D. from the University of London. She began her scholarly publications career as a copy-editor trainee at the American Society for Microbiology. In 1987 she joined the American Chemical Society (ACS), where she has worked ever since, except for an 11-month detour to the American Pharmaceutical Association (now the American Pharmacists Association), where she served as managing editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. At ACS she has worked in books production, books acquisitions, and production of multimedia continuing-education courses. Her journalism career began when she joined Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) in 1994. As deputy editor in chief she has focused on the daily operations that help make C&EN every chemist’s first choice for news about the chemical enterprise. As editor in chief she aims to take C&EN to the next level of excellence and achievement by expanding its influence, extending its global reach, and strengthening its digital presence.