William F. (Bill) Banholzer is Executive Vice President, Ventures, New Business Development and Licensing, and Chief Technology Officer for The Dow Chemical Company. He is a member of Dow's Executive Leadership Committee, which is responsible for corporate strategy and financial performance, and also of the Strategy Board, responsible for the review and approval of the Company’s strategy and resource allocation decisions. As CTO, Banholzer has responsibility for driving innovation, value creation and leading Dow’s global research and development activities, directing an annual budget of $1.6B.
In addition, Banholzer serves on Dow’s Venture Capital Board, the Dow Kokam Board, Dow AgroScience’s Members Committee and the Dow Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dow Corning Corporation, serving on the Corporate Responsibility Committee.
Prior to Dow, Banholzer had a 22-year career with General Electric Company (GE), where as vice president of Global Technology at GE Advanced Materials, he was responsible for worldwide technology and engineering. He joined GE in 1983 as a staff chemical engineer in the company’s Corporate Research and Development Laboratory. In 1989, he led GE R&D Center's chemical vapor deposition material program and later was promoted to laboratory manager for Advanced Inorganic Materials. In 1992, Banholzer transferred to GE's Superabrasives business, where he held numerous management positions culminating in responsibility for the division's worldwide engineering and quality efforts. Banholzer was elected a company officer and moved to GE Lighting as vice president of Global Engineering in 1997. In 1999 he transferred to GE’s Advanced Materials business as the vice president of global technology, leading a worldwide team responsible for process and product engineering, new capacity technology and product quality initiatives. During his GE career, Banholzer was honored with GE’s Bronze, Silver, and Gold Patent Awards; GE Superabrasives’ Leadership Award; GE Plastics’ CEO Six Sigma Award; and election to the Whitney Gallery of Technical Achievers.
In 2002, Banholzer was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest distinctions that can be accorded an engineer. He is currently one of only 160 active members of the Chemical Engineering section, which honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" or demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology." In 2006 he was elected by the Academy membership to serve a 3 year term as one of 12 councilors comprising the governing body of the NAE.
Banholzer serves as a presidential nominee to the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He also sits on the advisory board for chemistry and chemical engineering at UC Berkeley, and the National Research Councils’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Banholzer earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Marquette University and master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds 16 U.S. patents and has over 80 publications, which have received more than 1800 citations, for his work in the field of engineering and chemistry.
Banholzer, William, "Understanding The Mechanics Of CVD Diamond," Surf. Coat. Technology, 53 (1), p1-12, '(1992).
Banholzer, W.F., and Spiro, C.L., "Non-Traditional Applications of Diamond Made Possible by CVD," Diamond Films and Technology, 1(2), p115-126, (1991).
Anthony, T.R., Banholzer, W.F., Fleischer J.F., Wei, Lanhua, Kuo, P.K., Thomas, R.L., and Pryor, R.W., "Thermal Diffusivity of Isotopically Enriched 12C Diamond," Phys. Rev. B, 42, p1104-1111, (1990).
Banholzer, William F., and Burrell, Michael, C., "Characterization of Reactive Areas in the Direct Process for the Production of Methylchlorosilanes," J Catal. 114(2), p259-70, (1988).
Banholzer, W.F., Park, Y.O., Mak, K.M., and Masel, R.I., "A Model for the Plane to Plane Variation in Catalytic Activity Seen During Nitric Oxide Decomposition on Platinum," Surface Science 128(1), p176-190, (1983).