DuPont guides the research process thoughtfully and responsibly to maximize outcome and minimize risk. Tom Connelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, leads DuPont research direction and focus. Through his leadership and vision, DuPont R & D matches the rapid pace of business markets today. It attracts and retains expert personnel with the fervent desire and intellectual means to make a difference. It is moving closer to the marketplace, bringing products to market faster, entering and considering collaborations with other institutions to leverage knowledge and skills, and seeking new global markets and applications. This vibrant R & D process unfolds at several forums within DuPont: the Corporate Technology Council, Central Research and Development and DuPont Engineering.
The Corporate Technology Council is the forum for the technical leaders of DuPont to meet monthly and share ideas and thoughts on integrating technology into new markets, new businesses or new products. Comprised of the technical directors in each of the businesses and research functions in the company, the Corporate Technology Council shares information and works to identify opportunities that may lie between businesses. The council sponsors the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement, an annual award that marks the lifetime achievement of scientists or engineers. The scientists and engineers must have a career of accomplishments or technical and creative contributions that have measurable business impact, technical achievement of enduring significance, a career of significant accomplishments and are a role model for current employees.
Prolific research emerges from the Central Research and Development (CR & D) group. This team of more than 1,500 professionals work on discovery research and technologies, some of them based on integrated science, others based on one of the company's traditional disciplines to meet market needs. Discoveries in CR&D have led to new products such as Ink jet inks. CR&D also provides leveraged scientific services for existing businesses within DuPont. The group spearheads both critical functions at one of the world's largest and preeminent R & D facilities: the DuPont Experimental Station, and supplements those pursuits at Shenzen, China.
DuPont Engineering Technology, known as DuET, develops marketable research ideas into full-scale products and technologies. With world-class skills, personnel, resources and equipment, DuET ably provides the company - and its global customers - with product and process optimization support. Whether the technology or product is used outside the company, or is in development within DuPont, DuET assists expertly.
In sum, research has always been, and will always be, the essential pillar of DuPont innovation. Through a comprehensive structure with dedicated professionals, strategic alliances, superior facilities and a dynamic, nimble process, research coaxes miracles of science into being every day.