Dow Chemical gift to update Texas A&M chemical engineering laboratory

Chemical engineering students at Texas A&M University will soon experience a significant upgrade to their working conditions, thanks to a gift from The Dow Chemical Co. that will enhance the unit operations laboratory within the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.As part of a larger gift to the Texas A&M Foundation, Dow will contribute $100,000 to upgrade and sponsor the laboratory's fluid-flow and heat-exchange units, which help teach undergraduate students important industry concepts. An additional $200,000 will support the Chemical Engineering Endowment account and the College of Engineering Excellence fund.Dow Chemical gift means upgrade for undergraduate unit operations lab at Texas A&M."Dow's generosity will enable the department to update and enhance much of the complex laboratory equipment used by our students as they pursue their chemical engineering degrees," said department head and Charles D. Holland '53 Professor Michael V. Pishko. "This support by Dow allows us to continue to move forward in our mission to provide our students with the very best educational resources."Approximately 140 aspiring chemical engineers utilize the department's unit operations laboratory each academic year to gain experience in operating and analyzing a variety of unit operations and process control equipment as well as in the use of modern computational tools and software used in chemical engineering, noted Jerry Bradshaw, senior lecturer in the department who oversees the unit operations laboratory.Dow, as a company and through its individual employees, has a history of giving to Texas A&M, establishing many endowed scholarships, fellowships and professorships throughout the university. The company enjoys a close relationship with the university's chemical engineering department, heavily recruiting chemical engineers and participating in department activities, said Dow representative Mike Walzel, who is a member of the department's advisory council."Texas A&M chemical engineering graduates are known for their great hands-on approach to solving problems and making improvements, and the unit ops lab is a place where many of these skills are developed," Walzel said."Dow wants to help ensure that future chemical engineers get the best possible training possible in the unit ops lab and is happy to be a participant in funding improvements to the facility," he added. "We look forward to many more years of close work with the department and many more chemical engineering graduates becoming Dow Aggies."The Dow Chemical Co. is a provider of plastics, chemicals and agricultural products with a presence in more than 160 countries and employing 52,000 people worldwide. The company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.