Director, Data Services and Fundamental Problem Solving, Analytical Technology Center
The Dow Chemical Company
Over the past 16 years Lloyd has been driving the implementation of novel applications of multivariate analysis into real-time batch and continuous process data analysis. In this time his strategies related to data usage within manufacturing have evolved as he has experienced the realities of yesterday’s data practices still resident in today’s manufacturing. His desire for novel approaches to data interpretation (contextualization), and integration of these capabilities into assessing the health and capability of manufacturing assets has coalesced into “Run Design!”, an effort to re-think how data is viewed and used within Dow manufacturing. Recently he has focused his energy, and that of his teams, on developing and piloting an enterprise data analysis and collaboration space that would tie multiple plants together with the Technology Center and R&D resources to trouble shoot in real time, or preemptively detect and alert plant trouble well before crisis. The enterprise manufacturing intelligence platform has been recognized with a 2014 Kinetics process award, a 2015 Golden Mousetrap Award, and the 2015 and 2016 Frost and Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership awards in Big Data and Analytics and the “High Achiever Award” for 2016 from Frost and Sullivan in Analytics.
Lloyd’s background is in Chemical Physics where he obtained a B.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He spent 7 years in Polymer Research in Dow before moving into Manufacturing in an Analytical Improvement role and then a Quality Leader for five Dow businesses before moving into the then newly formed Analytical Technology Center in 2009. One there, he formalized a new capability called Fundamental Problem Solving, where top chemists and engineers work on complex, often multi-effect, plant problems while also working to establish the data initiatives that support this work. Lloyd is married with two daughters and is an avid cyclist, hiker and landscaper.