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People of DSM Engineering Materials: Sainath Vaidya

We recently sat down with Dr. Sainath Vaidya, Research & Technology Manager and Global Technical Product Manager for Arnite®, to learn more about his role at DSM Engineering Materials.

1. Tell us a little bit about what you do at DSM. 

In October 2014, I started working for DSM Engineering Materials (DEM) as a Technical Product Manager for India, and prior to that I worked as a scientist in the Materials Science Center, located in Geleen, the Netherlands. 

 

Now I develop and manage the Research & Technology (R&T) function in DEM India to contribute towards business growth and act as a technical bridge between marketing and sales, manufacturing and supply chain functions. I translate product line strategies to the R&T team by acting as the linchpin to DEM Global R&T, DEM India and the Performance Materials Cluster. I combine my role with additional responsibilities of Global Technical Product Manager (GTPM) for the Arnite product line. This is where I ensure the implementation of global processes for project execution as well as product line maintenance. 

2. What is your background/education? 

I have a Ph.D. in polymers from Eindhoven University; a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Delft University of Technology; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in Polymers from the University of Pune.

3. What has been the best part of the role you are in at DSM?

Every day I have an opportunity to work in a fantastic and caring work culture where safety is of prime importance. Plus, the collaborative cross functional teams are always ready to go that extra mile!

4. What is the best part of working at DSM Engineering Materials?

We have a broad materials portfolio in which we cater to a broad range of applications, ranging from automotive to electronics and electrical. This also means that every day I get a diverse range of queries to address. These daily new challenges and managing stakeholder coordination to ensure a successful execution of these projects keeps my motivation high each and every day. 

5. What are a couple of the most memorable experiences you have had working at DSM?

My first personal experience with such a caring culture at DSM was in 2014. I was working in Geleen and wanted to return to my home in India. I received immense support from management to have this transition. Apart from this, the support I receive from cross functional collaboration teams is always memorable.

6. What inspired you to have a career in the materials science industry?

After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I started working as project assistant at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India. The research environment in the lab, a fascinating combination of structure-property-application correlations studied, had inspired me to have a career in the materials science industry, particularly in research.

Candace Roulo

Global Manager of Messaging and Content Development

Published on

30 March 2021

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Candace Roulo

Global Manager of Messaging and Content Development

Candace Roulo is Global Manager of Messaging and Content Development for DSM Engineering Materials. Based in Troy, Michigan, she specializes in writing blogs and articles about advanced materials solutions. Prior to joining DSM, Candace served in editorial roles at SME and Penton Media. Candace earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, specializing in public relations, at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

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