Chemical Engineering Personal Achievement Award
— 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.
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 2012 award will be accepted beginning in January 2012. 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:
Name, job title and address of the candidate
Your name and address
A summary of around 500 words that describes the nominee’s career and illustrates his or her creativity and general excellence in the practice of chemical engineering. At least some of the activity must have taken place during the three-year period ending December 31, 2011. Without divulging confidential information, try to be specific about key contributions
CE encourages those submitting nominations to ask others to provide information in support of the nominee.
Address: Chemical Engineering, c/o Scott Jenkins, 88 Pine Street, Suite 510, New York, NY 10005 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Past winners of the Chemical Engineering Personal Achievement Award
* Click on award year for more information on the winner.
* Note: No electronic archives exist for 1984 and prior.
Names and affiliations of winners
Basis of award/area of expertise
James Fair, Monsanto Co.
M.F. Gautreaux, Ethyl Corp.
H. Russell Sheely, Badger Co.
Claude Talley, Texaco Inc.
Fluid separations technology
Synthetic straight-chain alcohols
Fluidized-bed reactor design
Stiff boron filament
Page Buckley, Dupont
John McWhirter, Union Carbide Corp.
Arthur Morgan Jr., U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
William Tucker, The Lummus Co.
Robert Heitz (1st prize), Dow Chemical Co. Arnold Ayers (merit), Allied Gulf Nuclear Services
Harold Kaufman Jr. (merit), DCA Food Industries Inc.
Nuclear fuel processing
Alan Micheals (1st prize), Alza Corp.
Frank Trocino (merit), Bohemia Inc.
John Anderson (merit), Union Carbide Corp.
Wood byproducts processing
Solid waste processing
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 coal
Natural gas liquefaction
Bernard S. Lee, Institute of Gas Technology
Fernando Oré, Occidental Research Corp. Charles Sternling, Shell Development Co.