After nearly a decade in Research and Development at Dow, Alveda Williams (PhD, ’02, Gupta) moved into another "area of strength and passion,” becoming the Corporate Director of Inclusion and Human Resources Director for Talent at Dow. It was a natural move, Alveda explains in a recent Q&A in Nature Chemistry.
“I am happy that my work as a research scientist is crystallized in a few of Dow’s products, as well as documented in internal publications and patents. But it is the contributions that directly impacted people during that time that are most memorable. These included leading a diverse team of researchers to develop innovative technologies, creating Dow’s BEST (building engineering and science talent) Symposium — which aims to introduce PhD students primarily from African American, Hispanic and Native American communities to careers in industrial research — and leading PhD recruiting for Dow’s R&D organization.”