WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont (NYSE:
DD) today has named four technology leaders to the company's most
distinguished technical rank — Laureates.
The new 2020 class of Laureates: Sourav Sengupta and
Richard Jackson from DuPont Safety
and Construction and Charlotte Horsmans Poulsen and Christophe Fremaux from DuPont Nutrition and
Biosciences join an elite and global group of scientists and
"I'm tremendously honored to welcome these innovators to this
year's class of Laureates and congratulate them on their
achievements," said Alexa Dembek,
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology & Sustainability
Officer at DuPont. "Through their tenacity, technical expertise,
scientific acumen and leadership, these four leaders have reached
the pinnacle of their respective fields, transforming industries
and truly living our purpose to empower the world with the
essential innovations to thrive."
This year, DuPont changed the title from Fellow to Laureate to
reflect the company's ongoing commitment to advance and accelerate
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Effective
today, all DuPont Fellows will be referred to with the new
"Adopting the new Laureate title reflects how we are living our
Core Values to advance gender-equality and equity, reaffirming our
unwavering commitment to DE&I," Dembek said. "This is about
fostering an inclusive environment now, and the time for meaningful
change is today."
To achieve the highly prestigious level of Laureate, individuals
are nominated by their peers and undergo a rigorous selection
process based on their technical and business leadership. All
Laureates have strong track records of exceptional contributions
which have materially contributed to DuPont's business success.
Through both personal contributions and collaboration with others,
these innovation leaders translate their scientific and technical
knowledge, skills and commitment into results with significant
impact for global customers.
2020 DuPont Laureates:
Dr. Sourav Sengupta has had a
long and remarkable career in DuPont for almost 30 years. An
innovator and consummate problem-solver, Sengupta is a leader in
many areas of catalysis and chemical engineering. His work in
heterogeneous catalysis, particularly in hydrogenation,
hydrodeoxygenation, and hydrogen cyanide synthesis, has had
far-reaching influence, evident from the sheer volume of his
publications and the invited lectures he has given. Some of the
articles he has published have received more than one hundred
citations and have been the basis of new research.
"I feel awed and humbled by the fact that I am now part of a
community of eminent scientists, engineers, and innovators, who
have achieved this milestone before me, and whom I have always
looked up to and admired for their technical contributions to
DuPont's long legacy of innovation," said Sengupta.
Over his career he has invented, innovated, and implemented a
plethora of new processes and products including, a cheaper and
inherently safer process for the synthesis of an aramid fiber
monomer; a modular, on-site, and on-demand hydrogen cyanide
manufacturing process using induction heating technology; a
continuous fixed bed hydrogenation reactor technology for the
production of a key intermediate used in the synthesis of
Sevoflurane, an inhalation anesthetic; a breakthrough technology
for one of the steps in a bio-derived monomer process, a higher
activity sulfuric acid catalyst; and a novel hydrodeoxygenation
A collaborative leader and a great team player, Sengupta knows
how to get results solving business, plant, and process related
problems, starting with a creative approach to his work. Sengupta
marries an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of science with a
keen and meticulous sense of detail. He is very generous with his
time when counselling, coaching, or mentoring younger colleagues,
both professionally and personally. He is a great role model and
has had a positive impact on the lives and careers of many
colleagues over the years.
Importantly, he is a recognized world-class expert in the
catalysis community and the recipient of the 2015 Catalysis Club of
Philadelphia Award, a prestigious award in the field of catalysis
in North America. He has more than
80 U.S. patents, provisional patents, publications in peer-reviewed
journals, presentations in national and international conferences,
and invited talks.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at
Jadavpur University (Kolkata), M.
Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Indian
Institute of Technology (Kanpur), PG Diploma in Industrial
Management from Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru), and his
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Sengupta joined DuPont
(Conoco) in 1991 and has made lasting contributions across many
businesses since that time. He is currently supporting the global
Safety & Construction (S&C) Integrated Operations
Manufacturing Technology organization.
Richard Jackson's 40-year career
spans multi-nationals like Texaco and DuPont to 10 years as a
consultant and small business owner. He joined DuPont in 1997 in
the Engineering Polymers Division where he created a breakthrough
UnderWater Melt Cutting (UWMC) technology for highly crystalline
resins and invented two new families of liquid crystal polymers. He
joined the Tyvek® business in 2005 where his technical mastery,
strategic vision and remarkable entrepreneurship have delivered
significant business results and amazing market impact.
A prime example of his contributions to the Tyvek® business
include serving as Technical lead for the Tyvek® Medical Packaging
Transition Program which delivered a more modern and sustainable
process for making critical medical packaging products, followed by
the invention of Tyvek® 40L, a new medical packaging product.
Earlier this year in response to the global pandemic, Jackson
developed a new way to produce more Tyvek®. This bold idea was not
obvious or easy to execute but, building on past R&D work, the
team developed a product ready for commercial launch in just two
weeks. The new Tyvek® fabric enabled the production of millions of
additional gowns to protect more front-line responders in the fight
Additionally, what began as a one-time pandemic response has
become an enabling innovation with lasting impact delivering more
new products and a new hybrid business model that will generate
opportunities for years to come.
"There has never been a time like the present that illustrates
the importance of what we do, producing essential innovative
products that protect the lives of people around the world. I am
honored and proud to be part of this team," said Jackson.
Requested by business leaders and customers alike to solve tough
problems, Jackson is in demand, often providing customers with
technical insights for their own processes creating mutual value
and lasting relationships. He is active in several technical
organizations and now serves as both a steering team member and
lead for several S&C Fellow initiatives. He is a mentor to many
younger colleagues with whom he generously shares his market,
product and process expertise.
Jackson earned his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering
from the Georgia Institute of
Technology and completed post-graduate studies at
Lamar University. In 2018, the
Richmond, Virginia Joint
Engineers' Council named him Engineer of the Year. He is a
four-time winner of the DuPont Engineering Excellence Award,
two-time winner of the DuPont Sustainable Growth award and inventor
or co-inventor on seven patents.
Charlotte Horsmans Poulsen
Throughout her career, Dr. Charlotte Horsmans Poulsen has been a
catalyst for innovation in both the Food and Feed Enzymes arenas
and she continues to lead the way for business excellence in the
emerging Animal Microbiome space.
Notably, she has helped drive the commercialization of the
phytase enzyme portfolio, a central segment in Animal Nutrition,
which has generated substantial revenue for DuPont.
In 2019, as a testament to her technical achievements and
business impact, Horsmans Poulsen was named Technical Fellow by the
Technical Leadership at DuPont's Nutrition & Biosciences
business. Throughout her 34 years of tenure, she has displayed
extraordinary scientific expertise, business acumen and powerful
leadership and served for 17 years as Director of Enzyme
Development, overseeing a department and delivering strong revenue
growth and profitability.
Since 2012, she has held leadership roles in the Food and Feed
Enzymes businesses, overseeing more than 65 researchers worldwide
and playing a central role in setting the strategic direction for
Horsmans Poulsen is considered a role model to the organization,
developing and mentoring talent in R&D. Key to her ability to
foster talent is her desire to learn about areas beyond her own
field of expertise and to pass on knowledge to new scientists. Her
pronounced scientific and technical curiosity and strong
willingness to collaborate has enabled her to establish several
projects that have led to successful product launches and business
Her strong track record of innovation includes 33 patents and
more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.
Horsmans Poulsen is well respected internationally in her field
as demonstrated by her appointment as Adjunct Professor of Nano and
Food Science at Aarhus University,
Denmark. In addition, she has led
academic and corporate partnerships to realize public support for
programs such as ProSurf – Protein-based Functionalisation of
Surfaces (Advanced Technology Foundation project) and Novenia (FøSU
She has served as an opponent on Ph.D. theses and as an
instructor to Master and Ph.D. students at several universities in
Europe. Furthermore, she serves as
a board member at centers under Aarhus University in Denmark, including at the School of
Horsmans Poulsen received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry cum
laude from Leiden University in the
Netherlands and an M.S. from the Technical University of Denmark.
"I am very honored and proud to be appointed a DuPont Laureate
and very happy to serve as a role model being the first woman
laureate in DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences," said Horsmans
Dr. Christophe Fremaux, Technical
Fellow, of the Cultures business in DuPont's Nutrition &
Biosciences division, has 26 years of tenure with Danisco and later
DuPont. He led several teams of scientists and technicians over the
course of 20 years, before being appointed a Nutrition &
Biosciences Technical Fellow in 2018.
Throughout his career, Fremaux has accomplished a series of
noteworthy scientific achievements that have been translated to
high-impact products, including the product lines PRIME 800 and 900
and the development of full-stop post-acidification strains, a
breakthrough in delivering a mild yogurt flavor. Led by scientific
curiosity and powerful business intuition, he continues to identify
new market opportunities and expand DuPont's product pipeline.
Most notably, Fremaux, in collaboration with a global team of
scientists, discovered the biological role of the CRISPR-Cas
systems in a quest to immunize lactic acid bacteria against mutated
bacteriophage. The use of CRISPR-Cas systems has become one of the
most important tools in modern industrial biotechnology. Its
application has led to substantial revenue and earned DuPont a
leading position and significant competitive advantage in the
cultures and bioscience markets. He is the co-inventor of numerous
patents relating to CRISPR-Cas systems and their application for
scientific and commercial purposes. He has co-authored the seminal
paper in Science on CRISPR and associated cas genes.
As a powerful example of his ability to identify market needs
and anticipate market evolution, Fremaux has developed solutions
such as DuPont's Global Phage Technology Services, which has paved
the way for a new paradigm in phage monitoring by predicting when
renewal of products for phage resistance is needed. The program has
proven essential to maintaining fermentation processes while
preventing the disruptions in production and economic loss
traditionally associated with bacteriophage evolution in
Fremaux is the inventor of 23 patent application families and he
currently serves as Global Scientific Leader in developing, leading
and managing the patent strategy for the DuPont Cultures business.
He has published 48 peer-reviewed scientific publications, many in
high-impact journals such as Science and Nature. Three of his
publications have been sited more than one thousand times, with
this highest having 4,574 citations.
Additionally, Fremaux has received several recognitions for his
discoveries. In 2019, his significant technical achievements earned
him the DuPont Pedersen Medal, the highest technical recognition
Fremaux is an exceptionally effective mentor for technical and
professional staff in the research and development organization and
has helped nurture key scientific and technical talent. Central to
his mentorship is his ability to create an environment of
creativity, innovation and development for colleagues at all
Externally, he has managed 16 collaboration programs and
initiated 10. These include programs on bacteriophages from lactic
acid bacteria at University Laval in Canada, mathematical modelling of bacterial
strains in collaboration with the CFFT Institute at Tallinn, Estonia, and the natural competence
of S. thermophilus at University Louvain-la-neuve in
Fremaux holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University
of Bordeaux II.
"Throughout my career at DuPont, I have always sought with my
colleagues and collaborators to bridge the gap between science and
business. My record in terms of scientific publications, patent
applications and the development of innovative products are surely
the result of this work. The honor of being appointed DuPont
Laureate crowns all these efforts," said Fremaux.
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