Bringing recognition to high-quality chemical engineering performance has been a priority for this magazine since its founding more than 105 years ago. To signify this, Chemical Engineering will present its Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering Achievement at a gala dinner on October 29, 2007.
The Award has been bestowed since the early 1930s. Beginning 1959, its name has reflected that of former Chemical Engineering Editorial Director Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, the creator of the Award, who retired in that year. For each such competition, we invite nominations of innovative processes or products first commercialized during the preceding two years. The criteria for judging the nominations are the novelty of the technology and the difficulty of the chemical engineering problems encountered and solved.
For the most recent award, the top prize went to Chevron Phillips Chemical (The Woodlands, Tx.), for a selective process to produce 1-hexene. Honor Awards were also given to: Engelhard Corp. for an adsorption system to treat natural gas; Lurgi AG for a “mega-methanol” process; Praxair, Inc. for an oxygen-enhanced NOx-reduction process; and Uhde GmbH for single-column extractive distillation to recover aromatics. The winners over the years constitute an honor roll of chemical-process development covering most of this century. Key examples appear in the box below.
SOME PAST WINNERS
The wide scope of chemical engineering technology is evident from a glance at the diversity of past Kirkpatrick Award winners. Shown here are the Award winners during the past ten years, plus a sampling from earlier years.
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