A Houston native has been inducted into the MU Chemical Engineering Academy of Alumni.
Ryan Gaston, a Dow Chemical Co. employee who is a senior application engineer, with specific expertise in building integrated photovoltaics, flexible and rigid packaging and plastic formulation businesses, received the honor Oct. 12. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998. He is a 1993 graduate of Houston High School.
“I feel extremely honored to be inducted into the MU Chemical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. In addition to many great memories, friendships and meeting my wife, my education at Mizzou has opened some fantastic career opportunities,” he said.
The University of Missouri Chemical Engineering Department celebrated the 110th anniversary of chemical engineering on the MU campus and also held an inaugural induction ceremony for the department’s newly launched Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
Ten members and one honorary member make up the initial board of the academy, initiated to recognize the achievements and personal contributions of chemical engineering alumni.
In addition to honoring alumni, department chair Baolin Deng said he hopes members of the group will both serve as role models for current students and also offer insights into the various ways success can be achieved with a degree in chemical engineering.
Gaston has a track record of creating innovation. He co-invented the Dow Powerhouse solar shingle. It has received numerous awards, including Time magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2009,” 2012 Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics and the 2012 Edison Award for best new product.
Additional contributions include authoring a successful $20 million U.S. Department of Energy grant award proposal, 12 patent applications, 42 internal technical papers, 25 external presentations and publications, along with numerous honors and awards.
He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children live in Midland, Mich.
He is the son of Ernest and Nelda Gaston of Houston.