My name is Leif. I have studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH). My first contact with Dow was during my PhD-studies in 2007, when I presented my research work about recycling carbon fiber composites to a group of visitors.

From 2008-2011 I was working for a smaller company on a scale up project of the recycling process where Dow became our engineering partner. During this time I learnt a lot about Dow´s way of working on projects and the “culture” and collaboration nurtured in the company.

All this lead to my desire to work for DOW. After the successful startup of the recycling plant in 2011, I got the opportunity to join Dow as Reliability Engineer for the Methocel® plant in Stade. As Reliability Engineer I handled a lot of different tasks: daily business and repairs, strategic maintenance concepts for complex process equipment, preparation and execution of major plant turnarounds, cost control and reporting and a lot of different projects.

In 2014, there was the opportunity to change to the Epoxy Business and to my current role as Technology Manager for Wind Energy and Composites. This was the perfect fit, as it offered me the chance to combine the experiences at Dow with my knowledge on fibers, polymers and composites from university. My main task is to support our Dow salespeople and external customers in identifying the right epoxy formulations for their applications, to certify the materials in our lab and to develop the right materials for future applications. It’s really exciting as I’m working in a global organization together with similar teams all over the world plus get a lot of contact with customers.