Dow’s Dr. Yvonne J. Diaz recognized for STEM excellence

Midland, MI – Dow recently received an award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) through their SHPE Technical Achievement and Recognition (STAR) award program.

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers focuses on increasing representation of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Every year the organization hosts the STAR Awards to honor outstanding professionals for their dedication, commitment, and selfless efforts to grow and advance Hispanics in STEM careers.

Dr. Yvonne J. Diaz, senior research specialist, was selected as a recipient of the Young Investigator Award for her exemplary contributions to Dow’s Consumer Solutions business. She is being recognized for leading a global cross-functional team to develop a more sustainable construction coating formulation that demonstrated feasibility of a more cost-effective manufacturing process. She is also leading the reformulation of three products being repurposed to deliver a more sustainable product portfolio.

She is also passionate about mentoring upcoming talent in the industry and serves as a recruiter in Dow’s BEST Symposium, a program intended to introduce Black, Latin, Native American U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scientists to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research.

The Young Investigator Award recognizes young professionals for their contributions that help the progress of research in the fields of science and engineering.

“Dow takes pride in the partnerships and investments we make to advance Inclusion and Diversity in STEM,” shared Mauro Gregorio, president of Performance Materials and Coatings at Dow and executive sponsor of Dow’s Hispanic and Latin Network employee resource group. “It’s an honor to continue having Team Dow recognized by an organization that is helping elevate the industry leaders of tomorrow. I am incredibly proud of Yvonne for her outstanding accomplishments within and outside of Dow.”

Yvonne and other honorees will be recognized during the SHPE National Convention, happening on November 2 – 6, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.