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Uma Chowdhry

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(Term expires September 30, 2016)

Uma Chowdhry was appointed Chief Science and Technology Officer (CSTO) at DuPont in 2006 and upon her retirement in December 2010, she was given the title CSTO Emeritus. Chowdhry joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist in the Central Research and Development (CR&D) department at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. She spent the first 11 years of her career in CR&D in several research and management roles.

From 1982 to 1999, Uma held a number of technology and business management roles. She led R&D for Electronics and Specialty Chemicals and also had business management roles for the Microcrcuit Materials and Terathane® businesses. In 1999, she was appointed director of DuPont Engineering Technology and in 2002 was appointed Vice President, CR&D. She assumed her role as CSTO in 2006 in which she was responsible for the company's global market-driven science and technology based innovations.

Uma was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996 for her contributions ranging from heterogeneous catalysis to superconductors. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. For her contributions to ceramic materials science she was elected "Fellow" of the American Ceramic Society in 1989.

Dr. Chowdhry has served on numerous advisory boards of Universities ranging from MIT and Princeton to the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. She currently serves on the MIT Corporation’s visiting committee. She has served on several Federal Government advisory boards and committees of the National Academies and the Department of Energy. In July 2013, she began serving on the governing Council of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2010 she was appointed to the board of LORD corporation and has served on the Board of Directors of Baxter International since 2012.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, she came to the United States in 1968 with a B.S. in Physics and Math from the Institute of Science, Mumbai University, received an M.S. from the California Institute of Technology in Engineering Science in 1970, and a Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.