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Recognizing excellence

By Chemical Engineering |

As it has done for more than 85 years, the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI; London, U.K.; www.soci.org), America International Group awarded the SCI Chemical Industry Medal to an individual whose leadership, commitment and contributions have been responsible for substantial progress and performance in the chemical industry. This year’s recipient, Andrew Liveris, received the medal in March at a dinner in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

Liveris is the chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow; Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com). His impressive 37-yr career with Dow has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, business and general management. His career has also spanned the globe, with beginnings in Australia and formative roles in Asia that included 14 years in Hong Kong, general manager for the company’s operations in Thailand, and president of all Asia-Pacific operations. Liveris was named CEO of Dow in 2004, and was elected as chairman of the Board in 2006.

Liveris also served as co-chair of President Obama’s Advanced Engineering Partnership in the U.S., and is the author of “Make It in America,” a book released in 2011. The book presents a set of practical policy solutions and business strategies that outline the Dow vision for an advanced manufacturing economy. The Chemical Industry Medal was presented to Liveris in recognition of his leadership skills, public policy advocacy and many contributions to applied chemistry that have contributed to the progress of the industry.

Readers of this magazine may be particularly interested to know that Liveris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Awards, such as the Chemical Industry Medal, recognize achievements that excel above others. This year, Chemical Engineering’ s Kirkpatrick Award will be honoring those who have developed the most-noteworthy new chemical-engineering technology to recently become commercial. More will be written about the Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award in these pages in the coming months.

It is inspiring to learn of those who have made great strides in their careers, thereby advancing the chemical processing industries, and to know that their accomplishments have been recognized and honored with awards. While only a few will achieve such prestigious honors, there are many individuals in our daily lives who deserve, but may rarely receive, accolades for their contributions. These are the people whose accomplishments may not seem necessarily huge on the grand scale of things, but whose contributions keep our work flowing each day. We often don’t even notice those who are consistently doing a good job, as we typically focus on problem areas and not those areas that are running smoothly.

We would do well to notice what and who keeps the wheels turning in our own organizations and circle of co-workers, and acknowledge those who deserve recognition by giving credit where credit is due. We can find everyday excellence and inspiration closer to home than we may think — in the next office or next cubicle, or across the table in a meeting — if we just look for it.

Dorothy Lozowski, Executive Editor

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