Message 20 from IIT Global Archives
DuPont Names Uma Chowdhry Vice President of Central Research and
Development WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 9
To accelerate its strategy to achieve sustainable growth through
integrated science, DuPont (NYSE: DD -News) has named Dr. Uma
Chowdhry to the newly created position of vice president of Central
Research and Development (CR&D).
In February, DuPont aligned its businesses into five market- and
technology-focused growth platforms. Chowdhry will focus on providing
DuPont's customers and growth platforms with science-based solutions
and services to meet their needs.
Chowdhry, 54, has a blend of experience in both business and
technology leadership roles. She joined DuPont in 1977 and worked in
CR&D for 11 years in research and management roles. From 1988-99,
Chowdhry held various business and technology leadership positions in
electronics and chemicals. Since 1999 she has served as director of
the company's corporate engineering technologies.
"Consistent with our long-term strategy, DuPont science and technology
initiatives are sharply focused on market needs," Chief Science and
Technology Officer Thomas M. Connelly said. "The breadth of Uma's
knowledge and experience in both business and technology arenas is
ideal for identifying and providing science and technology solutions
to meet market needs. We are confident that Uma's leadership will
accelerate our transformation to sustainable growth through
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Chowdhry came to the United States
in 1968 with a B.S. in physics from Institute of Science, University
of Bombay. She earned her M.S. from the California Institute of
Technology in 1970. Chowdhry was awarded her Ph.D. in materials
science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1976.
For her efforts ranging from catalysts to superconductors, Chowdhry
was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996. She is on
the board of directors of the Industrial Research Institute, of the
National Inventors' Hall of Fame and the Department of Energy's board
for laboratory operations. She has also served on advisory boards of
engineering schools at MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton
University and the University of Delaware.
During 2002, DuPont is celebrating its 200th year of scientific
achievement and innovation -- providing products and services that
improve the lives of people everywhere. Based in Wilmington, Del.,
DuPont delivers science-based solutions for markets that make a
difference in people's lives in food and nutrition;health care;
apparel; home and construction; electronics; and transportation.