Abstract: The daily experiences of a career in industrial research and development are not always clear to graduate students and post-docs planning the next steps of their career path. In this presentation, Paulami and Hunter will provide their perspectives on the rewarding opportunities that a career in industry can provide. They will do this via an overview of the unique capabilities in Dow R&D, the impact of complex scientific problem solving, and by providing several examples of how industrial research—including collaborations with external universities, national labs, and instrument vendors—are enabling Dow to become the most innovative, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company in the world.
Hunter and Paulami have a combined fourteen years of industry experience working on projects related to high-throughput research, catalyst discovery, high-performance computer modeling, and application development. Hunter specializes in broadband dielectric spectroscopy studies on polymer dynamics and Paulami specializes in density functional theory studies on catalysts. While working at Dow they have collectively co-authored seventeen patent applications and twenty journal articles and have regularly presented technical work at universities and conferences in North America and Europe. Prior to working at Dow Paulami received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay, and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue. Hunter received his B.S. in Chemistry from Dickinson College and his Ph.D. from Penn State.