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THERESA KOTANCHEK is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Evolved Analytics LLC, a data science and system design, software and solutions provider (www.evolved-analytics.com). Prior to assuming this role, she spent 23 years in executive and leadership positions at Dow Chemical, including most recently, the vice president for Sustainable Technologies and Innovation Sourcing. From 2005–2010, she served as the chief technology officer of Dow Chemical China Company Limited, leading Asia Pacific R&D, including the development of Dow’s state-of-the-art 1 million square foot R&D center in Shanghai, China, and the staffing of more than 1,200 scientists and engineers across the region. Over the course of her Dow tenure, she held numerous business and corporate roles, including global director in Dow Plastics, Dow Ventures and Corporate R&D. In 2011–2012, she served as the industrial led and working group co-chair of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative.
She holds a doctorate in materials science, a masters of science in ceramic science, and a bachelor of science in ceramic science and engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kotanchek has published over 100 technical articles, holds 6 US patents, and has given over 200 invited talks. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Council of Industrial Research, and Society of Women Engineers. She has served on the Shanghai American Chamber of Congress Science & Technology Subcommittee and serves on numerous External Advisory Boards, including Penn State, Georgia Tech, and University of Michigan.