Costeux Named Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers

Midland, MI - April 19, 2016

Stéphane Costeux, Ph.D., R&D fellow in Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has been elected a fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). This honor recognizes Costeux’s application of his expertise in rheology, materials science, polymer processing and modeling to the design of commercial high melt strength resins and new foam materials, and to the advancement of nanocellular foam technology. Costeux is based at Dow’s Midland, Michigan Research Center.

Costeux has made significant contributions to Dow Building Solutions over his career. “Stéphane is the total package, great scientist, great innovator and always focused on create value for Dow and customers.” said Florian Schattenmann, Ph.D., vice president for Consumer Solutions and Infrastructure Solutions R&D. “He really embodies what it means to be an industrial researcher. He continues to push boundaries, making our STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation materials better, safer and more sustainable.”

Costeux began his Dow career in Plastics R&D in Freeport, Texas, in 2002, joining Dow Building Solutions in 2006. Over his 14 year R&D career, Costeux’s deep understanding of polymer rheology and materials science led to many innovations. In addition to his service to the SPE, where he is on the Board of the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division and co-chair of the New Technology Committee, he also is Associate Editor for the Journal of Cellular Plastics, a reviewer for Progress in Polymer Science, Macromolecules, Polymer, and other journals, and has organized the Foams session at the International Polyolefins Conference and several ANTEC Technology Forums. He authored 25 patents and 40 peer-reviewed publications and is a three-time recipient of the SPE FOAMS Conference Best Paper Award. He received his M.Sc. and a Ph.D. from the ESPCI-Paris Tech / University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris, and conducted post-doctoral research at McGill University prior to joining Dow Chemical.

Three Dow scientists were among the 12 scientists selected for induction into the Fellows of the Society of Plastics Engineers in 2016. Bharat Chaudhary, Ph.D., and Mridula (Babli) Kapur, Ph.D. join Costeux as Dow 2016 inductees. “Three SPE fellows named in the same year is an amazing feat,” says A.N. Sreeram, Dow senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Babli, Bharat and Stéphane are all incredible researchers, all well deserving of this honor. This is a great personal achievement for each of them, having excelled at developing new products that meet critical customer needs while finding time for committed service to the Society of Plastics Engineers. It is also a great day for Dow, once again highlighting our exceptional R&D team.”

Established in 1984, only 314 Fellows of the Society of Plastics Engineers have been named. Fellows are recognized for “outstanding contributions in the field of plastics engineering, science or technology, or in the management of such activities.” Drs. Chaudhary, Costeux and Kapur join Dow colleagues Mark Barger, Brian Landes, Rajen Patel, Kaylan Sehanobish, and Mark Spalding as current Fellows of the Society. The newest Fellows will be honored at ANTEC 2016, the world’s largest technical conference devoted to plastics, to be held in Indianapolis from May 23-25.

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