Michelle Smith, Dow AgroSciences associate R&D director, leads the monocot traits development team, which is responsible for the early stage development of corn trait products. Michelle has been privileged to serve the Entomological Society of America in a number of capacities, including Treasurer for the MUVE Section. Additionally, Michelle has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to ESA by contributing as a member on ESA’s Education and Youth Committee, North Central Branch Honorary Awards Committee, Stan Beck Fellowship panel, and interim member of the Governing Board representing MUVE in 2013. She was co-organizer of member symposia at the ESA annual meeting in 2007 and 2010, and co-organizer of a program symposium in 2013. She is currently concluding her third year on the ESA Science Policy Capability Committee.
Michelle has over 20 years of business and R&D experience in pest management, technology transfer, and communications. She joined Dow AgroSciences as a technical service and development specialist in Anaheim, California, and has held several technical specialist and leadership roles within R&D. Contributing to the development of the successful Sentricon termite baiting system is an accomplishment of which she is especially proud. She is a Board Certified Entomologist and certified Six-Sigma Black Belt. Michelle received her B.A. degree in biology from Hollins University and her master's degree in entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She enjoys outreach as a Dow AgroSciences science ambassador for science programs directed to children and is a leader of the Dow Women’s Innovation Network.