Thomas H. Lane

Thomas LanePresent Position

Scientist Emeritus at Dow Corning Corporation.

Chapter Affiliation

Central Michigan

Background Information

Biographical Information


I am proud to be an active member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.  As one of the largest multi-disciplinary scientific societies in the world and we offer the perfect environment for the free exchange of ideas across all of the research disciplines.  As a member and current North Central Associate Director for Sigma Xi, I believe that it is our duty to actively engage with our professional societies especially those, which embrace the entirety of science and not just a single discipline.  I pledge to work effectively with the North Central Director and the Board to help the Society achieve its critical annual goals and objectives, which in turn, support our vision, mission, and new strategic plan.  I am committed to helping build membership, enhancing the support of the research enterprise, and promoting the public’s understanding of science and how it improves the human condition. 

Sigma Xi and Other Activities

Although my involvement in Sigma Xi has been limited to serving as the Midland’s Chapter president (1988-89) and North Central Associate Director (2016-2018) my leadership experience in professional societies and non-profits are both relevant and extensive. My experiences, at the national level, within the American Chemical Society includes: President-Elect, 2008; President, 2009; Past President, 2010; Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2010; Executive Committee, Member, 2008-10; Ex Officio Councilor, 2008 – lifetime; Committee on Budget and Finance, 2007-16, Vice-Chair 2010, Associate Member, 2006; Committee on Corporation Associates, 2000-07, Chair 2005-07, Vice-Chair 2002-04, Consultant 2010- 14; Board of Trustees, Group Insurance Plans for ACS Members, 2002-10, Chair, 2007- 10, Vice-Chair and Chair Pro Tem 2006; Committee on Committees (ConC), Member Ex Officio, 2008; Council Policy (CPC), Chair, 2009, Member, 2008-2010; Grants and Awards (G&A), Member, 2008-09; Public Affairs and Public Relations (PA&PR), Member, 2008; Executive Compensation, Chair, 2010, Member Ex Officio, 2009, 2008 (Nonvoting); Development Advisory Board, 2008-2010; Planning Committee, Member, 2008-2010; Society Committee on Education, Member, 2011-16; Leadership Advisory Board, 2011-17; Committee on Nominations and Election (2017-2019).  Related experiences include: Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Delta College, University Center; Trustee, Delta College Foundation Board; Trustee and Vice President, Dow Corning Foundation; Director, Big Brothers and Big Sisters (2007-2010); Board of Managers, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art (2004-2010); Director of Planning and Policy, Center of Interfacial Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1991-94; Chemistry Board, Kettering University, 1998-07; Director, Midland Noon Rotary.