Reiyao Zhu is Global technology leader for oil, gas and chemical vertical at DuPont. For over 200 years, DuPont has been synonymous with life-changing discoveries and scientific know-how, reinventing themselves along the way.
When did your interest in science or engineering begin?
I was interested in science and engineer in my elementary school. It was always fun to solve math problems.
What was it like to be a woman studying in your field?
There were very few women in the classroom. It was an exciting experience to be at the top of class. I never thought women should/would be anything less in achieving academic excellence.
Share with us some of your career highlights.
I own 48 patents (40 US patents and 8 European patents), a Ph.D. in engineering and is a technology leader in worker protection.
To date, what project is your greatest innovation success? What is the story behind it?
Developed a protective fabric for electrical worker’s arc protection. There are always ups/downs during product development and launch. Sticking with the goal is the key to have a successful product.
Tell us about something that made you grow the most as a leader in your field.
Really enjoying what I am doing. Develop new products and solve the customer problem excite me the most.
How are you and/or your company bringing innovation to the forefront?
Encouraging and fostering the innovation behaviors. Customer centric. Multiple generation technology planning.
What advice do you have for future female engineers?
Focus on what you enjoy doing. Have your own board of directors to give you feedback, and advice. Have realistic expectations and practical approaches.
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