Educational Intensification: A Partnership between Industry and Academia


  • Dan Hickman Dow
  • Jeff Herron



We observe that increased interactions between faculty, students, and industrial researchers enrich the student educational experience. These interactions develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Our observations indicate more direct, varied, and intentional approaches to academic-industry interactions build stronger partnerships. In this paper, we present examples of what we deem Educational Intensification. We describe Educational Intensification and present novel methods to increase the academia-industrial interaction, including industrially-presented short-courses and faculty sabbaticals in industry.

Author Biographies

Dan Hickman, Dow

Daniel A. Hickman, PhD, is a senior fellow in Core R&D at Dow. Dan has been a subject matter expert and technical leader in reaction engineering and process development for numerous reaction systems across a variety of Dow businesses and technologies. Dan has supervised many interns and co-ops, provided seminars, lectures, and short courses at several universities, hosted two professors on sabbatical at Dow, and leads one of the campus recruiting teams for Dow R&D.

Jeff Herron

Jeffrey A. Herron, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Reaction Engineering group in Core R&D at Dow. Since joining Dow in 2015, he has supported reactor technology and developed processes for multiple Dow businesses. 



2021-10-26 — Updated on 2021-10-26



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