Dr. Piyush Thakre is currently working at Dow as Application Development Leader/ Scientist in Health & Hygiene segment technical services team. His responsibilities focus on innovating across non-wovens, backsheets and elastic technology, as well as support customers in these areas. He is leading wipes platform and PPE platform (face shields, face masks and medical gowns) and is responsible for new product developments in these markets. Piyush received Ph.D. in Materials Science/ Aerospace Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M University. He has been working as a Materials Scientist for the past 10+ years with 6 years spent at Dow's Core Research and Development team working across several businesses/technologies, such as, water filtration, solar shingles, 3D printing, elastomers, packaging, polyurethanes and silicones. He has expertise in correlation of processing, microstructure, fundamental properties with application/product performance across several material or application platforms with special emphasis on sustainability (recycling, biopolymers/bioblends, biodegradation).