Lana Pollack was
appointed as Chair of the U.S. Section,
International Joint Commission, by
President Barack Obama, effective on
June 26, 2010.
diverse career in public office,
education and the public interest
sector, Ms. Pollack has demonstrated
effective and thoughtful leadership on a
range of public policy issues. She
served from 1996-2008 as President of
the Michigan Environmental Council, a
coalition of 70 environmental
organizations working to protect the
Great Lakes and Michigan’s natural
resources and environment. She was
elected three times to the Michigan
legislature, serving as a state Senator
from 1983-1994. As a state Senator, Ms.
Pollack became a leading advocate for
women, children and the environment. In
this capacity, she earned praise as the
architect of Michigan’s landmark 1990
polluter pay statute which, before it
was repealed in 1995, saved taxpayers
$100 million by requiring proven
polluters to pay for the cleanup of
In addition to
these roles, Ms. Pollack was a Fellow at
the Institute of Politics at Harvard
University’s Kennedy School of
Government, taught at the University of
Michigan, was elected a trustee of the
Ann Arbor Board of Education, and served
on a number of educational, non-profit
and corporate boards. Among these
boards, Ms. Pollack served from
2002-2010 as chair the Michigan Natural
Resources Trust Fund Board, which
annually directs $35-50 million in
discretionary public funds to protect,
purchase and enhance parkland and open
space for preservation and recreation.
She has served on the boards of
NextEnergy (which promotes the
development and commercialization of
technologies advancing a low-carbon
economy) and ReCellular (the world’s
largest recycler of cell phones).
She founded the Michigan Monthly
magazine, co-founded the Michigan League
of Conservation Voters and has received
numerous honors including outstanding
legislator awards from the National
Association of the Physically
Handicapped, the American Association of
University Professors and the Michigan
Association of Community Art Agencies.
Ms. Pollack, who
grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan
in Ludington, earned a BA in political
science from the University of Michigan
(U-M) in 1965, and an MA in Education
from U-M in 1970. She is married to
Henry Nathan Pollack, with whom she
raised two children.
Schilling, a faculty member at Saginaw
Valley State University, has been an
engineer and scientist with experience
with the U.S. Department of Energy and
the National Aeronautics and Space
Dr. Schilling holds the Charles H.
Strosacker chair of engineering. He
joined SVSU in August 2001. Before that
he held a joint appointment as an
associate professor of Materials Science
and Engineering at Iowa State University
and a research associate of the U.S.
Department of Energy Ames Laboratory at
Iowa State University.
Previously he worked as a research
engineer at the U.S. Department of
Energy Battelle Pacific Northwest
Laboratory on projects involving
aluminum extractive metallurgy and the
development of organic polymer additives
to process advanced ceramics.
He also was an engineer at the N.A.S.A.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory researching
microgravity solidification of glass
micro-balloons for laser-fusion-energy
He received his B.Sc. degree in
Mechanical Engineering from California
State Polytechnic University and MSc.
and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science
and Engineering from the University of
California at Los Angeles and the
University of Washington, respectively.
He currently teaches courses in
materials science and renewable energy
in the mechanical engineering department
at SVSU and is working on a variety of
research projects involving
bioagriculture, waste-to-energy, and