Associate R&D Director
Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Michelle Smith is Associate R&D Director and is currently a leader in the Research and Development Transformation Office, fully dedicated to successful integration of R&D functions across Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. Prior to this role, Michelle led the Monocot Trait Development team, which was responsible for the early stage development, optimization and implementation of capabilities related to trait product development of corn and other monocot crops. Michelle has held other leadership and technical roles including leader of a US-based field science group developing weed and pest management products for the urban pest, turf & ornamentals and range & pasture markets, and global biology team leader for the Sentricon system.
Michelle has over 20 years of business and R&D experience in pest management, technology transfer, and communications. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Michelle received her B.A. degree from Hollins University and her Master's degree in entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a Board Certified Entomologist and has served the Entomological Society of America in numerous capacities including the Education and Youth Committee, NCB Honorary Awards Committee, MUVE Section Treasurer, Stan Beck Fellowship panel, Science Policy Capability Committee, co-organizer of Member Symposia at the ESA annual meeting in 2007 and 2010, and was co-organizer of a Program Symposium on Diversity in Entomology in 2013. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Governing Board as ESA Treasurer. Michelle engages in outreach as a Dow AgroSciences Science Ambassador for science programs directed to children, is active in Dow AgroSciences Hunger Solutions Network, and has been a leader in the Women’s Innovation Network within the company. Michelle has been an advocate and invited speaker for encouragement of women in the field of agriculture and pest management, and was a driving force behind formation of the ESA Special Committee on Diversity & Inclusion.
Monday, July 16
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM