Awards Build Bonds with Budding Engineers


Some of the brightest young minds in Spain will advance their education while working with real-world scientists on important global challenges after winning the Dow Solutionism & Sustainability Awards for 2015. This is the third year of the awards program, which is part of a continuing collaboration between the Company and Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Tarragona.

Candidates for a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Production compete for the Sustainability Award, working in teams to study an issue identified by Dow. This year’s issue revolved around ways to generate energy from plastic waste. The winners were Arnaud Darmuzey, Alba Torres and María Romeo.

Candidates for a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering compete as individuals for the Solutionism Award. This year’s winners were Lorena Chesa, Ricard Borrego, María Ángeles Tejero and Sergi Rocamora.


Winning students receive a scholarship to attend the master’s program at a host of universities in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India region, as well as a four- to six-month internship at Dow to work on an engineering project proposed by the Company.

“The chemical industry should not be seen as a manufacturer of products, but rather as a solutions provider to global problems and challenges,” said Kepa Díaz de Mendibil, Dow Tarragona Site Director and Ibérica Production Leader.