2013 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry "Recent Developments in the Peaceful Use of Chemistry: Eliminating the Chemical Weapons Threat" Guest Lecturer Ambassador Robert Mikulak '64United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Dr. Mitsch, a 1956 graduate of Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts, began his career at 3M in 1960 as a research chemist and earned 19 patents. In 1998, he retired from 3M as Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President of the Industrial and Consumer Sector, Corporate Services. He is a Hamline University life trustee. Ambassador Mikulak ‘64 is the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), located in The Hague, The Netherlands. He took up this position in November 2010. Ambassador Mikulak ’64 previously served in the State Department and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in a series of increasingly responsible positions related to prohibition of chemical and biological weapons. During the decade-long negotiation of the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, he was the deputy U.S. negotiator and senior U.S. expert.In 1992, Ambassador Mikulak ’64 received the Hillard Roderick Prize in Arms Control from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ambassador Mikulak ’64 received his undergraduate education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.