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Richard Mayer

Richard retired in Dec. 2011 after a 31-year career in the Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol (EO/EG) Business with Union Carbide and The Dow Chemical Company. He held multiple positions in Operations, Process Improvement, Process Engineering, Catalyst and Technology Licensing, Six Sigma, and Process Technology. In addition to long-term assignments at multiple sites in the U.S., he also had long-term assignments in Red Deer, Alberta and Teesside, United Kingdom. He also completed shorter assignments in China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, and multiple locations in Europe.

In addition to fulfilling leadership roles on several major capital projects and new plant startups, he led the development of several breakthrough improvements in EO/EG process technology and is co-inventor on four patents and several pending patent applications. Richard also led the EO/EG Business technology training and education program and was a corporate oxygen handling subject matter expert. He became a recognized leader for investigating and resolving serious Operations unplanned events and complex technology performance issues, and helped develop a science-based problem solving process now successfully applied across Dow.

Richard received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane in 1979. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Registered Professional Engineer (ChE, Inactive status) in Louisiana. He and his wife Susan reside in The Woodlands, Texas. Richard actively supports the Houston area Tulane Alumni organization and is also a judge at the FIRST Robotics Bayou Regional high school robotics competition in the New Orleans area.

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Richard Mayer

Sr. Technology Associate (retired)
The Dow Chemical Company

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu