Theresa Weston, senior research fellow in Performance Building Solutions, DuPont™ Safety and Construction, has been named a DuPont Fellow, the highest technical professional level in the company. She joins an elite group of scientists and engineers with only 12 other active members globally.
“Weston is a powerful example of how one innovator can transform an industry through leadership, scientific acumen, and pure tenacity,” said Alexa Dembek, senior vice president, chief technology and sustainability officer (CTSO) at DuPont. “She recognized the environmental benefits and financial need for better weather sealing technology in the marketplace, and her sustained efforts have helped position DuPont Tyvek® as an undeniable market leader in the field.”
A promotion to DuPont Fellow recognizes the highest level of technical expertise in the company. Individuals undergo a rigorous selection process based on their technical and business leadership, with final approval by the CTSO. All DuPont Fellows have strong track records of exceptional contributions, which have materially contributed to DuPont’s business success.
Weston exemplifies the qualities of a DuPont Fellow in her role as a leader for building science and construction technology research for DuPont Safety and Construction. She has a track record of anticipating the need for new technology, developing strategies that address those needs, and driving them into the marketplace. She also is an active author of numerous technical papers and holds four United States patents.
Recognizing the effects of moisture and weather intrusion could have on the integrity and energy efficiency of structures, Weston began a sustained effort to create new solutions for the Tyvek water/air barrier product platform. Her personal scientific contributions, combined with her active collaboration with the business team, formed the basis of the more than $300 million business in weather barriers with the introduction, in 1996, of DuPont Tyvek HomeWrap®.
Weston earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both a Master of Science Degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. She joined DuPont in 1985 at the Fibers Pioneering Research Laboratory at the Experimental Station.
“It’s a big honor to be recognized for my career and contributions to the industry, and a big responsibility in representing the technical community,” said Weston. “Along with the recognition, being a DuPont Fellow means being a mentor, and an opportunity to take on a larger role in mentoring others in the technical community.”