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Willem is the Technical Leader (Fellow) for Dow Chemical’s global Performance Plastics Characterization and Testing Group.

He received his BS degree in Chemistry from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina in 1981 and his PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University in 1986. His Dow Career began in Freeport, Texas as a research chemist in 1986. His entire career at Dow has been in the polyolefins area in Freeport and has been focused on research in materials science and characterization. He is a governing board member of the International Symposium of Polymer Analysis and Characterization (http://ispac-conferences.org/) and he is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization. In addition he is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Rheology and the Society of Plastics Engineers.

He will be here to discuss polymer and materials science careers from an industrial perspective and will also answer audience questions about transitioning to industry.

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