IRI’s 2011 Achievement Award Presented to DuPont’s Richard A. Hayes

IRI’s 2011 Achievement Award Presented to DuPont’s Richard A. Hayes

DuPont Sweeps IRI’s 2011 Industry Awards

Philadelphia, PA, May 26, 2011 – IRI paid tribute last night to Richard Allen Hayes, DuPont Senior Technology Fellow, with its prestigious Achievement Award.

IRI honored Dr. Hayes for his outstanding inventions of polyacetal resins, modified polyesters, infrared absorbers and gas separation membranes.  Throughout his career, Dr. Hayes has continually contributed to process improvement technology,” said Edward Bernstein, IRI President.

The award, established in 1973 and presented to Dr. Hayes at IRI’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, recognizes outstanding accomplishment in individual creativity and innovation that broadly contributes to the development of industry and to the benefit of society.

Dr. Richard Hayes is an inventor on over 100 US patent applications, 69 of which have issued as US patents.  “Dr. Hayes is the very example of how DuPont’s successes are directly linked to the creativity, innovation, and dedication of our scientists,” noted Doug Muzyka, DuPont’s vice president and chief science and technology officer.   “I stand with all of his colleagues in congratulating Dr. Hayes on this honor.  He sets an example for all of us.”   

Hayes received his Bachelors degree in chemistry from Rice University, his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana until 1984.  He then began his research career with the DuPont Company in the Polymer Products Department in Wilmington, DE, moving successively to the Engineering Polymers business in Parkersburg, WV; the Packaging & Industrial Polymers business in LaPorte, TX; DuPont Central Research & Development Department in Wilmington, DE; the DuPont Polyester Enterprise in Nashville, TN; and currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow supporting the Packaging & Industrial Polymers business in Sabine, TX.

“I am delighted to receive this award among my peers and from an association that DuPont has been a member of since 1952,” said Richard Hayes. “I’m proud to be sharing this celebration with my DuPont colleague, Dr. Chowdhry.”

Hayes addresses IRI’s Annual Meeting attendees this morning during the final day of the conference.

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