Athenaeum Seminar


Transforming an American Industry
Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Emeritus
From: 6:00 PM To: 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
In the 20th century we witnessed major transformations in industry that created solutions resulting in a higher quality of life for people around the world. In today’s flat, multi-polar world, we are experiencing unprecedented changes as global population grows beyond 7 billion people and the expectations of a better life for a growing middle class continue to rise. Never before have we witnessed so many developing economies growing rapidly and simultaneously, improving their standard of living and investing boldly for innovation. American corporations are responding to the explosive market growth in a responsible manner against a backdrop of complex economic, social and environmental challenges. The population growth driven megatrends of food and energy security, personal safety and climate change present opportunities for market-driven science and innovation to prosper. Optimism grows as advances in cellular biology, genetic engineering, information technology and nanotechnology provide encouraging results that have the potential to improve the lives of many without simultaneously endangering the environment. The magnitude of the grand challenges before us drives the need for industry transformation to be economically, socially and environmentally beneficial across societies. These forces have positioned us now at the dawn of a new era of sustainability. This talk will provide examples from my experience in a materials company of how innovation has allowed continual transformation of a 200 year old giant built to last.
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