Uma Chowdhry

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Uma Chowdhry
Uma Chowdhry JPS 2007 10 10 podium.JPG
Born 1947
Mumbai, India
Residence U.S.
Alma mater Mumbai University, Caltech, MIT
Awards IRI Medal (2011)
Scientific career
Fields Materials science
Institutions Ford Motor Company, DuPont

Uma Chowdhry is an American chemist.

Early life and education[edit]

Chowdhry was born in Mumbai, India in 1947. She received a Bachelor's degree in physics from Indian Institute of Science, Mumbai University in 1968 before coming to the United States. She received a Masters Degree in Science from Caltech in engineering science in 1970. After two years with Ford Motor Company, she entered MIT where she earned a Ph.D. in materials science in 1976.

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Uma Chowdhry 2008.JPG Uma Chowdhry in 2008
“I had the courage to dream the impossible”, Chemical Heritage Foundation (14:21)[1]


She joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist in Central Research & Development Department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. By 1985 she had been promoted to Research Manager of Central Research. In 1987 she led DuPont's research effort in ceramic superconducting materials and developed a program that generated over 20 patents and 50 publications. In 1988 she became Laboratory Director of the Electronics group, and by 1991 was promoted to be its Director. The following year she was appointed Laboratory Director of the Jackson Laboratory for the Chemicals group. In 1993 she became R&D Director, Specialty Chemicals. In 1995 she became Business Director for Terathane Products, and 2 year later was promoted to Business Planning and Technology Director for Chemicals. In 1999 she was promoted to Director of DuPont Engineering Technology.

In 2003 she became senior vice president and Chief Science and Technology Officer of DuPont, responsible for the company's core research programs and the DuPont "APEX" portfolio of research programs including basic chemistry, materials science and biotechnology. She retired on 31 December 2010.[2]

Her technical career specialized in the science of ceramic materials, including catalysts,[3][4] proton conductors,[5] superconductors[6][7][8] and ceramic packaging for microelectronics.[9][10] She and her husband, Vinay Chowdhry, live in Wilmington, Delaware.

Awards and recognition[edit]

For her contributions to the science of ceramics, Chowdhry was elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 1989,[11] where she chaired the Academy's Emerging Technologies Committee, 2002–2004. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996,[12] where she has served on the program advisory board and election subcommittees. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.[13]


She was a member of the National Research Council's study groups that generate assessment reports on various technology topics of national interest, and was a member of National Research Council’s Committee on Globalization (2004). She was on the board of directors for the Industrial Research Institute, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Laboratory Operations Board for the Department of Energy for the US Government. Chowdhry is a member of the National Committee on Women in Science and Engineering sponsored by both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering since 1999. She was appointed to the Laboratory Operations Board for the U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C. in 2002. Chowdhry has served on advisory boards of engineering schools at MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and the University of Delaware. She was elected to the board of trustees for Christiana Care Health Services in Delaware in 2003. Chowdhry received the 2011 IRI Medal for her leadership contributions at DuPont.[14] Chowdhry received the 2011 Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management from the American Chemical Society.[15]


  1. ^ ""I had the courage to dream the impossible"". Women in Chemistry. Chemical Heritage Foundation. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "DuPont Names Doug Muzyka as Chief Science & Technology Officer, Tony Su as President of Greater China - Yahoo! Finance". Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ Machiels, C. J.; Chowdhry, U.; Staley, R. H.; Ohuchi, F.; Sleight, A. W. Formaldehyde from methanol. Catal. Convers. Synth. Gas Alcohols Chem., [Proc. Symp.] (1984), 413-18.
  4. ^ Contractor, R. M.; Bergna, H. E.; Horowitz, H. S.; Blackstone, C. M.; Malone, B.; Torardi, C. C.; Griffiths, B.; Chowdhry, U.; Sleight, A. W. Butane oxidation to maleic anhydride over vanadium phosphate catalysts. Catalysis Today (1987), 1(1-2), 49-58.
  5. ^ Chowdhry, U.; Barkley, J. R.; English, A. D.; Sleight, A. W. New inorganic proton conductors. Materials Research Bulletin (1982), 17(7), 917-33.
  6. ^ Sleight, Arthur W.; Chowdhry, Uma. Superconductivity and the metal-semiconductor transition. Advanced Ceramic Materials (1987), 2(3B), 713-18.
  7. ^ Subramanian, M. A.; Torardi, C. C.; Calabrese, J. C.; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Morrissey, K. J.; Askew, T. R.; Flippen, R. B.; Chowdhry, U.; Sleight, A. W. A new high-temperature superconductor: Bi2Sr3−xCaxCu2O8+y. Science (Washington, DC, United States) (1988), 239(4843), 1015-17.
  8. ^ Torardi, C. C.; Subramanian, M. A.; Calabrese, J. C.; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Morrissey, K. J.; Askew, T. R.; Flippen, R. B.; Chowdhry, U.; Sleight, A. W. Crystal structure of Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10, a 125 K superconductor. Science (Washington, DC, United States) (1988), 240(4852), 631-4.
  9. ^ Chowdhry, U.; Sleight, A. W. Ceramic substrates for microelectronic packaging. Annual Review of Materials Science (1987), 17 323-40.
  10. ^ Subramanian, M. A.; Corbin, D. R.; Chowdhry, U.. Zeolites as precursors to aluminosilicate-based ceramics for microelectronic packaging. Advances in Ceramics (1989), 26(Ceram. Substrates Packages Electron. Appl.), 239-47.
  11. ^ "Fellows of the American Ceramic Society" (PDF). Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "NAE Members". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Biography of Dr. Uma Chowdhry". NIST. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "DuPont Sweeps IRI's 2011 Industry Awards", R&D Magazine, May 27, 2011, accessed Feb. 8, 2012.
  15. ^ Chemical & Engineering News, August 30, 2010, page 32.

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