The Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company Andrew N. Liveris is spearheading an extraordinary effort to provide $40 million to support University of Queensland (UQ).
UQ alumnus Mr Liveris and his wife, Mrs Paula Liveris, have donated $13.5 million to help establish the Liveris Academy in the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT).
They have also pledged to raise an additional $26.5 million dollars to support UQ’s “Not If, When” philanthropic campaign.
UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the academy would be housed in the Andrew N. Liveris Building, an 11-story engineering education and research hub to be built at the St Lucia campus.
Mr Liveris said he was delighted that the Liveris building would provide a new home for chemical engineering and related disciplines at UQ.
“Paula and I hope the Liveris Academy will attract, support and develop many of the planet’s smartest young people and finest minds in engineering and science, enabling them to reach their full potential while addressing major challenges facing society today,” he said.
Liveris was born in Darwin, Australia. He is proud of being the grandson of a Greek immigrant and identifies strongly with his Greek heritage.
He earned a bachelor’s degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by his alma mater as well as being named Alumnus of the Year.
An international advocate for the criticality of manufacturing to the long-term health of national economies, Liveris is the author of Make It in America, a book which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies to achieve the Company’s vision of an ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ economy.
He was tapped by the current U.S. Administration to help identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector, and drive economic growth and prosperity.
Previously he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council.