DuPont’s Uma Chowdhry honored with Industrial Research Institute’s 2011 Medal

Award honors Chowdhry’s competitively differentiated, customer-focused solutions

Philadelphia, PA, May 26, 2011 -- The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) bestowed its 2011 medal award last night to Dr. Uma Chowdhry, DuPont’s recently retired Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Emeritus.
The Medal, established in 1946, recognizes and honors leaders of technology for their outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation which contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society. Chowdhry received the medal during IRI’s Annual Meeting for her unique combination of business and technology management experiences coupled with her extraordinary leadership contributions to science and technology.   “Dr. Chowdhry has been vital in leading DuPont’s global market-driven technology-based innovations,” said Ed Bernstein, IRI President.  According to DuPont’s Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Thomas Connelly, “Dr. Chowdhry strengthened the connections between R&D, marketing, and manufacturing to ensure rapid development and introduction of new technologies worldwide. Under her guidance, DuPont introduced the largest number of new products and filed a record number of patents.” 
“I’m honored to accept this award from an association committed to technological innovation and one that I have a long standing relationship with and deep respect for,” Dr. Chowdhry stated.  “Organizations must be committed to innovation, accelerate new solutions through partnerships and focus on transformation in these rapidly changing times,” she added.

Dr. Chowdhry joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist, and subsequently took on various R&D, engineering and business management responsibilities, leading to her appointment as Vice President of DuPont’s Central Research and Development labs, in 2004. In June 2006, Chowdhry was appointed to the CSTO position, in which she had overall responsibility for the company’s global market-driven technology-based innovations. In this role, she led rapid development and market introduction of new technologies worldwide. She led the establishment of a large R&D lab in India and created a global R&D network of scientists at major labs across DuPont. Dr. Chowdhry also established several strategic partnerships with government, academia and corporations worldwide.
Chowdhry was elected member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1996, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003, and Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 1986. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of LORD Corporation, the Advisory Board for Advanced Technology at NIST (National Institute of Standards), and the visiting committee for the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Over the years, she has served on many committees including those of the National Academies and on various Universities’ industrial advisory boards. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute from 2002-2005.

About the Industrial Research Institute
The Industrial Research Institute is an organization of 200+ industrial and service companies having common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies invest nearly ½ of the total R&D dollars of the nation's privately funded effort. These companies, spanning diverse industries, represent a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information, call 703.647.2580 or visit

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