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Paul M. Pankratz

Retired Vice President and Director of U.S. Area Operations for Dow Chemical USA
1987 DESA Recipient
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  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1955

Paul Pankratz was honored for helping Dow Chemical remain competitive in the chemicals and plastics markets. He was vice president and director for the United States Area Operations for Dow Chemical, U.S.A. As such, he managed more than 20 production sites in the United States and worked closely with research and development directors to develop new products and processes. He was also president of the Chemical Industry Council of California. 

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times