Uma Chowdhry is Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus at DuPont. Dr. Chowdhry joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist in the Central Research and Development Department at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. She went on to serve in management roles in the company, including Vice President. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. In 2011, she was awarded both the Industrial Research Institute Medal for outstanding technical innovation for benefit to society, and the Earl B. Barnes National American Chemical Society award for chemical research management.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Dr. Chowdhry came to the United States in 1968 with a B.S. in Physics and Math from the Institute of Science, Mumbai University. She received an M.S. in Engineering Science in 1970 from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.
Dr. Chowdrhys Athenaeum lecture and discussion with students and faculty of the Keck Science Center is made possible through the generosity of the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions.