A.N. Sreeram, PhD, is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for The Dow Chemical Company, where he focuses on accelerating new product commercialization through strategic collaboration with Dow’s businesses and customers. In his current role, Sreeram leads a vibrant R&D organization to ever greater efficiency, productivity and market focus. He has been a transformative force during his tenure at the company through his support of high-throughput experimentation and customer intimacy to insure product success. Sreeram works closely with key customers, ensuring that Dow has a seat at the design table and insisting that high value projects are the focus. He drives the innovation pipeline, keeping it closely aligned to strategic growth areas, generating new solutions to global challenges and empowering Dow researchers to excel. Sreeram’s transformation of R&D gives Dow a distinct market advantage, enabling the company to more quickly develop products, ensuring that new products meet customer needs, and rapidly commercializing new innovations into near-certain markets.
Products developed under Sreeram’s leadership have been recognized with many awards for innovation, including the R&D 100 Awards, Edison Awards and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge. Examples of award-winning technologies include SILVADUR™ Antimicrobial technology for fabrics, EVOQUE™ pre-composite polymer for paints, low-energy FILMTEC™ ECO Reverse Osmosis Elements for water purification and BETAMATE™ structural adhesive for automotive applications.
Sreeram served as Vice President of R&D for Dow Advanced Materials prior to assuming his current CTO role. He drove innovation across that organization, launching highly successful products addressing all four megatrends that serve as the focus of Dow’s strategy: Energy, Health & Nutrition, Transportation & Infrastructure and Consumerism. He joined Dow in June 2006 as Vice President of Core R&D, sparking innovation in a number of key market segments, including automotive, infrastructure and health. He led the adoption of high-throughput technologies to significantly accelerate the R&D process, while lowering costs and dramatically increasing product successes.
Prior to joining Dow, Sreeram served as the Global Technology Director and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Technology for Cookson Electronics, and before that he led the Electronic and Flat Display Program for Sarnoff Corporation.
Sreeram, who holds more than 20 U.S. patents, earned his PhD from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Master’s degree in Glass Science from Alfred University in New York. He is also a graduate of the ceramics engineering program from the Indian Institute of Technology–BHU in Varanasi, India.