Meet the Executives: Innovating for a Sustainable Future

Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm CDT

Meet the Executives of major companies like The Dow Chemical Company, Cargill, BASF and Owens Corning who will cover renewable fuels, biotechnology, commodity chemicals, pharmaceuticals and more. This panel discussion will provide insight into the keys to a sustainable future through sustainable processes and the necessity of innovation towards sustainable growth.

Supported by the AIChE Foundation.


  • S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President for Global Diversity, Ombuds, and University Affairs, Chevron


  • A.N. Sreeram, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Chris Mallett, Corporate Vice President, Research & Development, Cargill
  • Teressa Szelest, President, Market and Business Development North America, BASF
  • José Méndez-Andino, Vice President, Research & Development, Owens Corning Insulation

Owens Corning: Continued Delivery on Impactful Sustainable and Innovative Business and R&D Strategies

José Méndez-Andino, Vice President, Research & Development, Owens Corning Insulation

Expanding our impact through sustainability is a core value at Owens Corning. From the products we make to the way that we make them, sustainability is an essential element of our business.  We design innovative solutions that meet expectations of customers/markets and contribute toward addressing significant global issues such as energy conservation, environmental impact and overall quality of life.  We consistently leverage our technological expertise to deliver sustainability-driven innovations to the Insulation, Roofing and Composites markets. Our insulation products enhance energy efficiency; cool roof shingles help reduce air-conditioning and power consumption; reinforced lightweight glass-composites deliver superior mechanical properties with lower environmental impact than traditional materials.  Our business strategies promote innovative ways to achieve high-performing, greener and healthier products via high-efficiency manufacturing processes with reduced energy and water consumption.  The discussion in this panel will highlight Owens Corning’s innovative strides throughout its core businesses, its continued commitment to robust sustainability progress in its handprint and footprint, and the company’s significant safety improvement.

Chris Mallett

Chris Mallett was named corporate vice president of Cargill Research & Development in January 2005 and leads all R&D resources across Cargill. Mallett, who is a Manxman, received his bachelor's, master’s and D.Phil degrees in chemistry from Oxford University.Read more

Jose Luis Mendez-Andino

José Méndez-Andino is Vice President of Research and Development at Owens Corning (OC), a world leader in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites products and systems.Read more

A.N. Sreeram

A.N. Sreeram is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for The Dow Chemical Company, where he focuses on accelerating new product commercialization through strategic collaboration with Dow’s businesses and customers.Read more

Teressa Szelest

Teressa Szelest is President, Market & Business Development North America BASF Corporation, responsible for BASF’s strategic business development and marketing across the region, focusing on customer relations and forging new business opportunities.Read more

S. Shariq Yosufzai

S. Shariq Yosufzai is vice president for global diversity, ombuds, and university affairs of Chevron Corporation. Yosufzai served as vice president, Chevron, supporting Chevron’s CEO & chairman on the National Petroleum Council’s “Advancing Technologies for America’s Transportation Future” study.Read more