- R&D 100 Awards
Mark E. Jones, PhD, currently Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow for Dow Chemical, is a frequent speaker at industry events on a variety of industry related topics. He spent most of his career developing catalytic processes after joining Dow in 1990. He received his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder doing research unlikely to lead to an industrial career and totally unrelated to his current responsibilities. He continues to provide technical support for Dow’s Renewable Chemistries Expertise Center and, until recently, was on the Board of Directors of the BIO Industrial and Environmental Section (IES).
Mark co-chairs the Chemical Sciences Roundtable, a standing roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), hosts ACS webinars on successful industrial applications of chemistry and material science, blogs for the ACS’s Industry Insights, represents Dow Chemical on Corporation Associates, and is on the ACS Chemical Heritage Landmark committee.
Mark contributed extensively to the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, looking both at technology options and improving scale-up of new technologies. He played a large role in Dow’s next generation sustainability goals and retains responsibility for the innovation goal. He is a co-author on the National Academies reports "An Assessment of ARPA-E" and “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States.” Mark has been on the faculty of all three R&D 100 Conferences and is a judge for the R&D 100 Awards.