Mechanistic Studies and Industrial Processes

Friday, October 26, 2018

Dr. Dawn Mason

Eastman Chemical Company

Hand 1144; 3:30 PMDawn Mason

Abstract: Why do we care about chemical mechanisms?  Mechanistic level process understanding is important for industrial unit operations.  This enlightenment can affect reaction success, improve design & operations, provide opportunities for process intensification and identify fatal flaws.  This talk will provide examples of how mechanistic elucidation has affected industrial processes at Eastman Chemical Company.

Bio:  Dawn Mason is an External Innovation Manager at Eastman Chemical Company in Raleigh, N.C.  where she is influencing front end innovation by identifying and leveraging external resources to accelerate internal growth initiatives.  Most recently, she was a Technology Manager responsible for building and managing a multi-million dollar technology portfolio for the Specialty Films business.  Since her arrival at Eastman in 2003, Mason has been a key contributor across a broad spectrum of areas that range from serving as a principal research chemist to building a career development matrix that enhances workforce capabilities, employee engagement and future leader capability.  Prior to her arrival at Eastman, Mason worked with E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. as an area superintendent and R&D chemist, and she was part of an effort to institute a Laboratory Safety Management program at DuPont.  Mason earned her B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with Marcetta Darensbourg.  Some of her other managerial areas of focus during the last 10-plus years have included human resources and a variety of technology groups that contribute in areas ranging from catalysis to polymer modification and from technical service to process improvement – Mason is a Six Sigma Green Belt.  In each managerial position, she has driven a safety culture which resulted in zero injuries to direct reports without sacrificing business results. 

Dawn is an ACS Fellow, a member of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board and the Analytical Instrumentation Facility Advisory Board at NCSU.  Away from work, Dawn is raising a young man and enjoys playing outside and cooking.


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