Shawn Feist selected for the 2023 Management Award | AIChE

Shawn Feist selected for the 2023 Management Award

[July 29, 2023] Shawn Feist was selected as the recipient of this year’s Management Award. The award will be presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting to be held in November 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

Shawn graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and has spent his career in roles of increasing responsibility with Dow, Inc., where he currently is Senior TS&D/R&D Director for Dow Polyurethanes. In this role he leads a global team of 250 employees responsible for technical and customer innovation across markets.


Feist joined Dow in 2002 on the Research Assignment Program (RAP) before joining Engineering Sciences, Core R&D where he led numerous technology development, piloting, implementation, and project management activities across several businesses including Dow Agro Sciences, Coatings, Performance Materials, and Consumer Solutions. In 2008, he was part of the team that led the R&D integration efforts related to the Rohm and Haas acquisition. Feist then joined the New Business Development function of Dow Water and Process Solutions where he was responsible for several projects related to front end technology and market evaluation, new application development, merger and acquisition option analysis, and financial modeling. Next, Feist served as Sr. Technical Leader in Core R&D’s Engineering and Process Science organization where he drove project execution, commercialization, employee development, safety, capital, talent management, and the University Partnership Initiative efforts across the organization. Immediately prior to his current role, he was the R&D Director for Growth Innovation, External Technology, and R&D Statistics in Core R&D, responsible for the pipeline of programs in disruptive technologies and new business development related to Dow’s internal growth innovation and external university and government portfolios.

Shawn has proved to be a leader not only at work but has also been an active volunteer with AIChE throughout his career, most recently as Chair of the Career and Education Operating Council (CEOC). Shawn is also an active volunteer within the Midland, Michigan community where he resides.