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HENAAC Honors Two Outstanding Dow Employees


Employees to Receive Honor at Annual Conference in October

Midland, MI - August 01, 2006, HENAAC, an organization promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and math, announced that two employees of The Dow Chemical Company are among their 2006 achievement award winners. The recipients, who are judged by a selection committee comprised of professionals from industry, academia and government, will be honored at the group’s annual meeting in October for their outstanding achievements.

Juan Luciano, global vice president, Olefins, Aromatics and Aromatic Derivatives, has been named winner of HENAAC’s Chairman’s Award. This award is presented to engineers, scientists or educators who have used the highest standards of their profession to make exceptional contributions to their profession or community, to the advancement the positive image of science and engineering professionals in society. The Chairman’s Award is a special honor that is not presented annually, rather only when the review committee has determined that a candidate’s achievements merit this special recognition.

Luciano was nominated for the award by Andrew Liveris, Dow’s chairman and CEO, as a tribute to his record for delivering exceptional business results throughout his career at Dow.

“Because of people like Juan Luciano, Dow has gained a reputation for being a company committed to its employees, customers and communities,” said Liveris in his nomination of Luciano. “Juan’s determination to achieve business and financial results are second only to his humble and caring nature, which has earned him the utmost respect from all those around him.”

C. Delia Contreras, production leader of the Chlorinated Polyethylene plant in Plaquemine, Louisiana, will received HENAAC’s Professional Achievement Award, a highly competitive award that recognizes the pinnacle of professional achievement according to specific criteria around responsibility, discipline, leadership and involvement with the Hispanic community.

“Delia consistently demonstrates the ability to build consensus, energize and enthuse those around her,” said nominator, Gary Veurink, corporate vice president of Manufacturing & Engineering. In his nomination letter, Veurink praised Contreras for her personal leadership abilities.

Luciano and Contreras will join other award recipients from the likes of IBM, Boeing, Texas Instruments and NASA at HENAAC’s annual conference this October in Anaheim, California. Look for additional award announcements during the week ahead as HENAAC announces the recipients of their Luminary Awards.

For additional information about HENAAC or to view the award announcement web-cast, visit their website at

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