2008 Inductees of the academy of chemical engineers

Joel Brand

General Partner and Owner
Brand-Gaus, LLC
BS ChE 1986, Univeristy of Missouri - Rolla
MS Physics 1988, Colorado State University
MS Applied Mathematics 1994, University of Missouri - Rolla
PhD Experimental Physics 1994, University of Missouri - Rolla
Joel began his career with Ophir Corporation in Littleton, Colorado. He performed research and feasibility studies for optical remote sensing instrumentation as an optical physicist. In 1994, he began working for Monitor Labs, Inc. in Englewood, Colorado. He started as a New Products Scientist and by 1999 had become became the Director of Engineering. He was responsible for product development, sustaining/manufacturing engineering, product support and applications engineering for a niche instrumentation systems manufacturer. He led the effort to assimilate sensor technology from acquisitions and partnerships, including extensive customer and applications support of deployed units. In 1999, Joel became general partner and co-owner of Brand-Gaus, LLC in Austin, Texas. There his primary responsibility is for research and new product development, with shared responsibilities in marketing, engineering, sales, product support, manufacturing, and other operations and business management. Joel spearheaded the development of an innovative line of gas analyzers from concept to production in an unprecedented time. Joel, his wife, and daughter reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Joel was inducted into the Academy in 2008.

William Jones
Space Tribology Consultant
ATK/Swales Aerospace
BS ChE 1962, University of Missouri - Rolla
Graduate Studies in Organic Chemistry, 1963, University of Wisconsin
PhD, Mech Eng 1989, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
William taught school in west Africa with the Peace Corps and then began a 37 year career with NASA Glenn (Lewis) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio  As a senior research engineer, William developed a total hip simulator, designed and operated a high temperature vane pump loop to test liquid lubricants for the supersonic transport, developed a number of advanced additives for use in space liquid lubricants, oversaw 20 different SBIR and grant programs involving lubricant synthesis, including perfluoropolyethers and silahydrocarbons. In addition, he advanced the state of Spiral Orbit Tribometry by publishing twenty related research papers, championed the development of this unique test device to be a new ASTM standard and is president of Spiralab, LLC, formed to design and market the Spiral Orbit Tribometer from 2005 to the present.

Keith Tomazi

Technical Fellow
BS ChE 1981, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS ChE 1991, University of Missouri - Rolla
PhD ChE 1993, University of Missouri - Rolla
After graduation, Keith began his career with Mallinckrodt Specialty Chemicals Company in St. Louis, Missouri. He started as a process in organics and inorganics manufacturing units, including specialty industrial chemicals as well as FDA validated medical products. In August of 1989, Keith returned to the University of Missouri-Rolla as a full-time graduate student. He was supported by two industrial fellowships and a Department of Education Fellowship. In January 1994, Keith began working for Mallinckrodt Chemicals, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. He started as a process development engineer in synthetic peptides, and bulk narcotic drug manufacturing. He invented a novel multi-kilogram solid-phase synthesis reactor, developed a project scope for a multi-kilogram peptide manufacturing facility. In 1996, he was promoted to Principal Process Development Engineer. Keith developed over $5,000,000 worth of cost reductions in two existing products and developed a crystallization process for a potent compound that allowed elimination of milling step. In 2007, Keith was promoted to Technical Fellow. In addition to his other duties, he is currently serving as core team leader for site Chemical Reactivity Hazards Team, and he is helping develop site policies on hazardous reactions, including emergency relief sizing.

Donald Puyear

Puyear Consulting LLC
BS ChE 1954, Missouri School of Mines
MS ChE 1958, Missouci School of Mines
PhD ChE 1989, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Donald began his career as an assistant professor in chemical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In July 1964, he became the Director of a new branch college of Virginia Polytechnic Institute called Clifton Forge-Covington Community College. In 1967, the Virginia Community College System was established and Donald became the founding president of the renamed Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. In 1969, he moved to become the founding president for the Virginia Highlands Community College. There he helped in the transition of a vocation-technical school into a community college. In 1974, Donald took a position as president of Central Virginia Community College until 1983. In 1983, Donald advanced to Vice Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System where he had the responsibility for educational services, institutional research, data services, and special projects. He also served as interim president when special circumstances required strong experienced leadership. In 1992, he became Executive Director of the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona where he provided leadership and support to State Board responsible for coordinating community colleges until June of 2001. In July 2002, Donald became president of Puyear Consulting LLC.

Robert "Bob" Wellek

Deputy Director
National Science Foundation
BS ChE 1957, Illinois Institute of Technology
PhD ChE 1963, Illinois Institute of Technology
Bob started his career as a academic researcher and educator at the University of Missouri-Rolla for 1962-1976. He directed nine Ph.D. theses and 21 MS candidates during this time. He also served as the University Research Coordinator where he advised faculty and administration and oversaw proposal preparation and submittals to Federal agencies. Bob left UMR in 1977 to take a position with the Department of Energy. After leaving UMR to pursue a career in governmental science and engineering service, Bob has continued his contact with UMR, returning occasionally to provide seminars. At DOE, he served as head of several research sections and divisions in the fossil energy program. He was the primary developer of the management and review process for the pioneering DOE University Coal Research program which continues to this day. In 1987, he accepted a position as Deputy Division Director of the CTS Division at the National Science Foundation. He currently serves as Deputy Division Director of the new CBET Division in NSF’s Engineering Directorate. He also serves as NSF Program Officer for Interfacial, Transport, and Thermodynamics. As program officer, he is responsible for administering an annual budget of about $6.0 million for a program of research grants to university professors.