Victor Atiemo-Obeng joined Dow in 1975 in the Process Development Department of Michigan Operations after obtaining a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He left Dow and went back to his home country of Ghana in 1977, but returned in 1980. He honed his aptitude and passion for most effective engineering science and practice at The Dow Chemical Company, first as summer intern in 1970, and from 1975 to 1977 and from 1980 until retirement in 2012. He attained the rank of Dow Fellow, among the top 100 technical staff in Dow's Core R&D function. Victor leveraged his technical expertise in process development, scale-up and mixing as well as his leadership skills in Engineering and Process Sciences departements to successfully develop processes across Dow’s businesses. Earlier in his career he was lead process engineer for multimillion-dollar projects that received Dow’s Global Engineering Excellence Awards. In support of Dow’s commitment to diversity, Victor co-created the award-winning “Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST) Symposium at Dow” for introducing doctoral scientists of U.S. ethnic minority groups to industrial career opportunities. Victor was invited, out of retirement in 2012, to establish for commercial operations Dow Chemical West Africa LLC, serving as Director and Interim Country Manager – Ghana.
Each year since 2009, Victor has served as a judge for the US EPA P3: “People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability”. US National Academies invited Victor to contribute to “Sustainability in the Chemical Industry: Grand Challenges and Research Needs - A Workshop Report”. He is also co-editor and contributing author of the world-acclaimed “Handbook of Industrial Mixing: Science and Practice” sponsored by the North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) and published by John Wiley. Victor served 8 years as Executive Council member of NAMF, a division of AIChE.
Victor is a Fellow of AIChE. Honors for his scientific, technical, and public service contributions include the AIChE North American Mixing Forum Award for excellence and sustained contributions, AIChE Mid-Michigan Section’s Chemical Engineer of the Year, NOBCChE’s Percy Julian Award for pure and applied research in science and engineering, The Dow Chemical Company’s Michigan Consultants Award, The Dow Chemical Company President’s Community Service Award, ACS Diversity Award, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award.
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