Kathleen O'Connell
Director of Display Technologies Research & Development
The Dow Chemical Company
Marlborough, MA

“One of the achievements that I am the most proud of is the installation of a $60MM Immersion Lithography Cluster at our Marlborough, MA facility. Our cross functional team safely completed the project on time and within budget, establishing critical, state of the art capability for our Electronic Materials business.”

Kathleen was the director of electronic materials research and development at the Dow Chemical Company in Marlborough, Massachusetts. She will be celebrating 20 years with the company in 2015, and has recently moved to a new role with Dow’s Display Technologies business and is currently based in Seoul, South Korea.  
 
Kathleen is passionate about the diversity that a career in science can offer.   From the onset, she applied her talents to a range of critical projects each resulting in systems, products, and processes that impacted the bottom line and have become the standard today. Early on, Kathleen managed a team of Dow scientists and engineers in the development of Bottom Anti-Reflective Coating (BARC) technology. BARC enables the high-resolution patterning of micro-circuitry used in advanced computer processors. This technology was recognized in 2014 by the American Chemical Society, with the key inventors honored by the "Heroes of Chemistry" award.
 
Kathleen is also committed to developing the scientists under her direction at Dow. Kathleen was the campus recruiting point for Research & Development at the Marlborough, MA site. She has been instrumental in hiring a diverse cross-section of young scientists from top universities in the United States.   She participates in university-sponsored events to promote science careers to women, and for the past three years she has also served as a judge for the Dow-sponsored "Student Initiated Sustainability Challenge Awards" at Tufts University. Kathleen has also remained a strong supporter of her alma mater, The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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