Dr. Susan Butts is the Senior Director of External Science & Technology Programs at The Dow Chemical Company. In this capacity she is responsible for Dow’s sponsored research programs at over 100 universities, institutes, and national laboratories worldwide and also for Dow’s contract research activities with US and European government agencies. She works on issues related to science policy and government funding for research and development from Dow’s office in Washington, DC. She has held several positions in Dow R&D, both as individual investigator and research manager, since joining the company in 1979. She is the past president of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership in the National Academies and a member of the governing boards of the Council for Chemical Research and the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America. She is also Dow’s representative to the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Corporation Associates.