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Fitterling’s contributions earn him Missouri Honor Award

Fitterling poses with his medallion.

Missouri Honor Award recipient James R. Fitterling currently is president and chief operating officer of Dow Chemical Company.

In honor of his distinguished career, James R. “Jim” Fitterling received the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering from the University of Missouri College of Engineering in a ceremony March 18 at Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia.

The award is given annually on the Friday of the College of Engineering’s Engineers’ Week celebration. Criteria are as follows:

  • Exceptional efforts by an individual or an organization to foster the professional development of young engineering college graduates,
  • Exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering,
  • Exceptional contributions by an individual to technical engineering knowledge, and/or
  • Exceptional contributions by an individual or an organization to insure and enhance the success of the college and its students

Fitterling currently is president and chief operating officer of Dow Chemical Company.

As a member of Dow’s most senior leadership, Fitterling has played a key role in developing and executing Dow’s strategy to invest in a market-driven portfolio of advantaged and technology-enabled businesses that create value for the company’s shareholders and customers.

He has executive accountability for all of Dow’s businesses excluding Dow AgroSciences. He also oversees operations including Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability, Manufacturing and Engineering, and Supply Chain, as well as Research & Development.

Fitterling earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1983, then joined Dow in 1984, serving in various sales, marketing and supply chain positions before earning a promotion to commercial director for liquid separations, Dow Pacific in 1994. Fitterling continued climbing the ladder with Dow, holding a variety of leadership positions in the two decades before assuming his current position. During his time at Dow, he’s been in charge of multiple major projects around the world, including projects in the Middle East, Asia, Australia and more, and he’s also spearheaded various diversity initiatives and mentorship opportunities at Dow, serving as the executive sponsor for the Dow Women’s Innovation Network.

Fitterling also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chemical Financial Corporation and is involved in a wide variety of public service organizations globally.

In an interesting coincidence, Fitterling’s niece, Lauren Baker, was named the outstanding junior by the MU Chemical Engineering Department at the same event.