— Honoring the human component
Chemical Engineering focuses the majority of its monthly content on technologies, and the companies that supply them. But while products and services bond the CPI together, the strength of that bond depends unequivocally on people. In professional life, individuals — more than corporations or institutions — teach us, inspire us and drive us to succeed. If you would like to bring recognition to someone whose excellence in chemical engineering you admire, consider nominating him or her for Chemical Engineering’s Personal Achievement Award. See Table 1 for a list of past winners.
Congratulations to the 2012 Winner:
The aim of the CE Personal Achievement Award is to honor individuals for distinguished careers. The awards salute individual excellence in diverse areas — research, development, design, plant operations, management and other activities. The distinction can also emerge in less-ordinary ways, such as government service. The one major criterion is that the individual’s career must have related, fully or largely, to the use of chemical engineering principles in solving industrial, community or other problems.
Offered biennially since 1968, the CE Personal Achievement Award complements CE’s Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering Achievement, which is presented in alternate years, and honors companies — as opposed to individuals — for specific chemical-process technology.
Early in a given award year (even numbered years), readers are invited to submit Personal Announcement Award nominations through an announcement in the magazine. Nominees may live anywhere in the world, and need not be chemical engineers by degree. The unyielding requirement is a record of notable achievement in the application of chemical engineering principles for solving industrial, community or governmental challenges.
Around the middle of the award year, the nominations are reviewed by a Board of Judges, which consists of chemical engineering professors. Professors are invited to serve on the board based on the recommendation of their own colleagues. The judges work independently of each other, either assigning a weight to or casting a vote for one or more of the nominees. Depending on how the resulting overall ranking is clustered, one or more winners are designated. An article announcing the winners appears in the December issue of CE. At around the same time, winners are presented with a plaque at a ceremony honoring their achievements.
The CE Personal Achievement Awards are given out biennially, and nominations for the 2016 award will be accepted beginning in January 2016. If you would like to nominate a candidate for the CE Personal Achievement Award, send a letter or email to CE with the following information:
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Click on award year for more information on the winner.
* Note: No electronic archives exist for 1984 and prior.
|Award year||Names and affiliations of winners||Basis of award/area of expertise|
|1968||James Fair, Monsanto Co.M.F. Gautreaux, Ethyl Corp.H. Russell Sheely, Badger Co.Claude Talley, Texaco Inc.||Fluid separations technologySynthetic straight-chain alcoholsFluidized-bed reactor designStiff boron filament|
|1970||Page Buckley, DupontJohn McWhirter, Union Carbide Corp.Arthur Morgan Jr., U.S. Dept. of AgricultureWilliam Tucker, The Lummus Co.||Process controlWastewater treatmentFood processingPetrochemical technology|
|1972||Robert Heitz (1st prize), Dow Chemical Co. Arnold Ayers (merit), Allied Gulf Nuclear ServicesHarold Kaufman Jr. (merit), DCA Food Industries Inc.||Membrane technologyNuclear fuel processing
|1974||Alan Micheals (1st prize), Alza Corp.Frank Trocino (merit), Bohemia Inc.John Anderson (merit), Union Carbide Corp.||Pharmaceutical engineeringWood byproducts processingSolid waste processing|
|1976||Donald Garrett, Garrett Energy R&D Inc.Lee Gaumer, Air Products and Chemicals Inc.Tom Nicklin, Peabody Holmes Ltd. Sour gas; hydrocarbon reforming catalysts Morgan Sze CE Lummus Co. Catalytic hydroliquefaction||Flash pyrollysis of coalNatural gas liquefaction
|1978||Bernard S. Lee, Institute of Gas Technology
Fernando Oré, Occidental Research Corp. Charles Sternling, Shell Development Co.
Utah Tsao, CE Lummus
|Coal-to-fuels and coal-to-chemicals processesOxy hemihydrate processMass transfer effectsProcess commercialization (various projects)|
|1980||David K. Beavon, Ralph Parson Co.||Petroleum refining|
|1982||John M. Googin, Union Carbide Corp.||Nuclear chemistry|
|1984||William M. Burks, Stauffer Co.||Technology transfer and licensing|
|1986||Frederick A. Zenz, F.A. Zenz, Inc.A.D. Reichle, Exxon Research andEngineering Co.Richard A. Conway, Union Carbide Corp.||Fluid-particle dynamicsHydrocracking, fluid-catalytic cracking, catalyst technologyEnvironmental stewardship|
|1988||L.K. Doraiswamy, National Chemistry Laboratory (India)Raphael Katzen, ConsultantRobert Maddox, Oklahoma State University||Reaction engineering
Wood-chemical process development
Gas and liquid desulfurization
|1990||Francis G. Dwyer, Mobil Research & Development Corp.George E. Keller, Union Carbide Corp.
Trevor Kletz, Consultant
Separations technology and chemical engineering education
Chemical plant safety
|1992||Joseph Jacobs, Jacobs Engineering GroupBodo Linnhoff, Linnhoff March Ltd.||Managerial and technical accomplishments“Pinch” process technology|
|1994||Lowell B. Koppel, Setpoint Inc.||Process control and information-systems planning|
|1996||Paul Quencau, International Nickel Co.||Pyrometallurgy|
|1998||Ernest Henley, University of HoustonHanns Paul Hoffman, University of Erlangen-NürnbergDan Steinmeyer, Monsanto Co.||Computer-aided designChemical engineering education and reaction engineeringPolymer processing|
|2000||Michael Lockett, PraxairJohn Pelton, Praxair||Distillation and heat-transfer technologiesCrystal formation and growth, flame coating, waste-to-fuel, aluminum refining|
|2002||Lawrence Evans, Aspen TechHenry Kister, Fluor Corp.||Process modeling and simulationDistillation and absorption troubleshooting|
|2004||No award given||—|
|2006||No award given||—|
|2008||Brian W.S. Kolthammer, Dow Chemical Co.Shyam Lakshmanan, See Sen Chemical Bhd||Kinetic modeling of catalyst systemsPlant improvement and efficiency|
|2010||Tom McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc.Kris Mani, NSR Technologies Inc.||Combustion, air-pollution controlGreen chemistry, potash manufacturing|
|2012||Rajeev Gautam, UOP LLC, a Honeywell company(Winner)Steve Donen, Rivertop Renewables (Honoree)Fabio Bravo, Dow Chemical Co. (Honoree)Dianne Dorland, Rowan University (Honoree)Charles Easley, BSI Engineering (Honoree)||Methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process|