The Innovation Research Interchange (IRI), a division of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), recognized the winners of the 2023 IRI Excellence Awards and the IRI Innovation Leadership Award. These awards recognize exceptional achievements and leadership in the manufacturing industry. 

“These prestigious awards from the IRI highlight the exceptional work and commitment of our members in driving innovation, sustainability, and corporate citizenship,” said IRI Executive Director and NAM Vice President Ed Bernstein. “We are very happy to have this chance to recognize and reward IRI members’ amazing dedication to creating solutions that address the world’s most pressing challenges, all the while making a positive impact on our society and the environment.”

Award Recipients:

IRI Innovation Leadership Award

    Dr. Alexa Dembek, chief technology and sustainability officer, DuPont

For her exceptional leadership and vision in driving innovation and transformation, resulting in significant contributions to her organization, industry, and society. Her work at DuPont has set the standard for environmental, social, and governance leadership.

IRI Excellence Award in Corporate Citizenship


For strong commitment to sustainable chemistry in the design of its products and technologies, and for establishing partnerships with other organizations to drive sustainable innovation.

 IRI Excellence Award for Digital and Technological Innovation

    The Lubrizol Corporation

For the development of Q.LIFE®, a virtual testing and data analytics system that enables the company to rapidly develop and launch new products, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.

IRI Excellence Award for Member Engagement


For demonstrating exceptional commitment to engaging with and contributing knowledge to the IRI community and advancing the field of innovation management.

IRI Excellence Award for Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Lam Research

For their robust programs supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and for creating a workplace where all employees feel welcomed, respected, safe, and valued.

IRI Excellence Award in Scientific Advancement

    PPG Industries

For the development of Copper Armor Antimicrobial (in partnership with Corning Incorporated), a breakthrough product in the paint industry and a valuable tool in reducing the spread of diseases.

To learn more, visit