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DuPont Recognizes Two Scientists with Highest Technical Honor 

2014 Lavoisier Winners

Surrounded by their extended families and DuPont colleagues, Dave Estell and Steve Taylor were awarded the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement for their accomplishments. The Lavoisier Medal is the highest honor for scientists and engineers at DuPont; it is presented to those individuals whose contributions have resulted in significant business impact and enduring scientific value. Dave and Steve join an elite group of 88 honorees, representing the company’s rich history of innovation and scientific excellence.

Spanning more than three decades, Dave Estell’s contributions have advanced protein engineering and enzymology into the important industrial field that it is today. He is recognized as one of the founders of protein engineering technology, having developed some of the first concepts to engineer proteins and the first large scale protein engineered product to ever enter the marketplace. Dave’s keen ability to challenge existing scientific paradigms has helped DuPont develop scores of new, engineered, protein-based products that deliver innovation and sustainable benefits to industrial markets across the fields of Fabric & Household Care, Personal Care, Biorefining, Food, and Animal Nutrition. Dave is also a named inventor on over 100 issued U.S. patents, showing his aptitude for creativity and novel thinking.

In the fields of engineering and the production of titanium dioxide, Steve Taylor is recognized to be among the very best in the business, with his input and vision sought out by engineers and management alike. His expansive knowledge of the entire process, from raw materials to finished products, and his ability to develop practical solutions has helped DuPont to become a leader in titanium technologies. During his thirty year career with the company, Steve’s work has spanned a broad range of areas, from capacity expansion efforts, ore strategy, and the Chlorination Technology Team, as well as contributions to emerging technologies, business sustainability efforts, and numerous business-specific special projects. Steve’s work as a principal material expert for the U.S. Government is additional evidence of his scientific and technical acumen, as well as his dedication to defending DuPont’s intellectual property and inventions.

“DuPont scientists and engineers create new solutions to some of the world’s most difficult challenges,” said Doug Muzyka, senior vice president and chief science & technology officer. “We are honored to recognize these talented and dedicated individuals with the Lavoisier Medal. Their outstanding achievements exemplify the scientific curiosity and multi-disciplinary approach of Antoine Lavoisier.”

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