dow teresa karjala spe fellow

- June 22, 2017 -

MIDLAND, Mich. – June 22, 2017 – Teresa Karjala, principal research scientist of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) for Packaging and Specialty Plastics, was elected a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Fellows are honored for their outstanding contributions in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities.

Karjala was one of four Fellows named in May during the Society’s ANTEC 2017 conference in Anaheim, California. The conference is the plastics industry’s largest, most respected and well-known technical conference. Karjala was nominated by the Engineering Properties and Structure Division of SPE. She joins the ranks of only 318 other Fellows who have received the prestigious title since it was introduced in 1984.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Teresa,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president, R&D, and chief technology officer. “In the more than two decades that she has been at our Company, she has been a prolific inventor and an inspiration to many of her colleagues. Her insight and creative imagining creates value time and time again.”

Karjala, who holds 60 U.S. patents and 30 European patents, has authored more than 70 research articles and presentations. She has more than 25 years of experience leading research and development in a variety of areas including materials science, product development, structure/property relationships, polymer rheology, and polymer processing of polyethylenes and their blends. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.

About SPE
The Society of Plastics Engineers is the leading technical society for the global plastics industry. With over 22,500 members from 84 different countries, it is the “go to” place for technical information, training, networking and knowledge sharing for plastics professionals who want to advance their knowledge and their careers.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to \"Dow\" or the \"Company\" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

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