MIDLAND, Mich.--The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that researchers Bharat Chaudhary, Ph.D., Stéphane Costeux, Ph.D. and Mridula (Babli) Kapur, Ph.D. have been elected as fellows of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). They are among 12 fellows SPE will honor during ANTEC 2016, the world’s largest technical conference devoted to plastics, to be held in Indianapolis from May 23-25. Fellows honor recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions in plastics science, engineering, or management.
“Three SPE fellows named in the same year is an amazing feat,” says A.N. Sreeram, Dow senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Babli, Bharat and Stéphane are all incredible researchers, all well deserving of this honor. This is a great personal achievement for each of them, having excelled at developing new products that meet critical customer needs while finding time for committed service to the Society of Plastics Engineers. It is also a great day for Dow, once again highlighting our exceptional R&D team.”
Chaudhary is a principal research scientist at Dow’s Northeast Technology Center in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Imperial College, London (U.K.) and a B.Eng. from the University of Benin (Nigeria), all in Chemical Engineering. He has more than 26 years of experience leading research and development in a variety of areas related to polymer modification (particularly sustainable approaches based on blends, functionalization and crosslinking).
Costeux is a R&D fellow based at Dow’s Research Center in Midland, Michigan. He earned a M.Sc. and R&D Engineer diploma from ESPCI (Paris, France) and holds a Ph.D. in Physics of Liquids from University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. Since joining Dow in 2002, he has applied his expertise in rheology, materials science, polymer processing and modeling to the design of commercial high melt strength resins and new foam materials, and to the advancement of nanocellular foam technology.
Kapur is a materials science fellow in Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business unit and is based at the Company’s Innovation Center in Freeport, Texas. Her research work spans a number of areas including a novel multifunctional analyzer approach for product quality control; combination of catalyst, process, and materials science with application performance requirements resulting in new, enhanced performance polyethylene product portfolios to meet evolving market needs; and intellectual property protection. She is also involved in defining university/external institute-industry collaborations.
Established in 1984, only 314 fellows of the Society of Plastics Engineers have been named. Fellows are recognized for “outstanding contributions in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities.” Drs. Chaudhary, Costeux and Kapur join Dow colleagues Mark Barger, Brian Landes Rajen Patel, Kaylan Sehanobish, and Mark Spalding as current fellows of the Society.
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