2009 Inductees of the academy of chemical engineers

Richard Burkhalter

Covenany Engineering Services, Inc.
BS ChE 1967, University of Missouri - Rolla
Graduate Studies in Business, Regent University
US Army War College
Richard began his career with A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company as a process engineer where his responsibilities were process studies in both corn and soybean operations.  His career then progressed through more than 20 years in engineering and production management for several major corporations.  He then entered the consulting engineering field with a Chicago based firm.  In 1995, he founded Covenant Engineering Services, Inc. where he currently serves as president/CEO.  His special field of experiences are: project engineering and project management, engineering management; process and plant design for lube oil blending and lubricating grease compounding; asphalt blending and shipping; vegetable oil, fat, and fatty acid processing, corn wet milling and syrup conversions; grain handling and processing. Richard is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.  He has authored and presented five technical papers at the annual NGLI (National Lubricating Grease Institute) conference, all of which were published in the NLGI Spokesman.  He is a member of NLGI and serves on the Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He served more than 27 years in the US Army/US Army Reserves/IL ARNG and retired at the rank of Colonel. Richard and his wife Margaret reside in Porter, Indiana.  Richard was inducted into the Academy in 2009.

Frank Doering

Senior Research and Project Management (Retired)
BS ChE 1970, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS ChE 1971, University of Missouri - Rolla
PhD ChE 1976, University of Missouri - Rolla
In 1973, Frank began his career with Monsanto Company where he was a research specialist and a group leader. In 1986, he was promoted to Process Technology Manager where he led the efforts to improve existing Rubber Chemical manufacturing processes.  In 1994, he became a manager/process consultant for phosporous manufacturing.  Frank converted the Queeny pilot plant facility into a self-empowered workforce within one year. In 1997, Frank joined Monsanto Enviro-Chem as Technology Manager to develop new environmental systems in industry mining and fertilizer.  In 2003, Frank became a research associate/consultant for Washington University in St. Louis.  In 2004, he became project manager for Crosslink, and in 2009 joined Akermin as a process engineer consultant in St. Louis working on a carbon capture project.

F. Frederick Kielhorn

Founder and Managing Director
Kielvest LLC
BS ChE 1987, University of Missouri - Rolla
Fred started his career in 1987 with DuPont Fluoroproducts holding a variety of positions in R&D, technical service, product management, marketing and business management. Then in 2000, Fred and his wife, Lynne, started a company called NanoDrop Technologies, Inc., a supplier of ultra violet visible *UV-Vis) spectrophotometry and fluorescence scientific instruments to the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. In his role as Managing Director, he managed sales, distribution, operations and IT.  In 2007, NanoDrop was sold to ThermoFisher Scientific.  In 2007, Fred became founder and owner of Kielvest LLC, a private investment company specializing in unique companies with a technology focus. In June of 2008, Fred donated a NanoDrop 1000 spectrophotometer and a NanoDrop 3300 Fluorspectrometer for use in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. While at university, he was active in the Interfraternity Council, Tau Beta Pi and Campus Leaders.

Margaret (Peggy) Montana

Executive Vice President - Supply & Distribution
Shell Downstream Inc.
BS ChE 1976, University of Missouri - Rolla
Peggy Montana is the Executive Vice President, Supply & Distribution, Shell Downstream Inc.  In this role, she has responsibility for hydrocarbon supply to Shell’s Downstream manufacturing and marketing businesses worldwide. Peggy’s career with Shell spans 33 years across a wide variety of businesses and cultures. She started at the Deer Park Refinery in Houston, Texas and later became a refinery production manager. In 1995, she joined the lubricants business and led several business units. In 2001, Peggy became General Manager- Distribution for Shells Asia Pacific business based in Singapore and a board member of Shell-Pakistan. She returned to the US in 2004 as Vice President Supply and then Vice President- Global Distribution where she led Shells fuels terminaling and distribution activities encompassing 100 countries worldwide. She assumed her present responsibilities in 2009.

Robert Puyear

Corrosion Specialist
BS ChE 1957, Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy
MS Industrial Admin 1967, Purdue University
Robert began his career with Haynes Satellite Division of Union Carbide Corporation where he was leader of a group that developed high performance materials for chemical and aerospace applications.  He has four patents for high temperature coatings.  In 1970, Robert accepted a position with Monsanto as a corrosion specialist and managed the Mechanical and Materials Engineering section, a group of technical specialists who served as in-house consultants throughout Monsanto. Robert played a leadership role in the formation of the Materials Technology Institute of the Chemical Process Industries, Inc. (MTI).  He was one of five people who nurtured the concept into a living organization from 1975 to 1977.  They formed this unique organization to conduct cost-effective studies of interest to many companies.  He served on the Board of Directors from 1977 to 1991 and as Chairman from 1977 to 1979 and from 1986 to 1989.  He also is an MTI Fellow.

Terry Tolliver

Contract Engineer
ConocoPhillips - Wood River Refinery
BS ChE 1969, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS ChE 1972, University of Missouri - Rolla
PhD ChE 1982, University of Missouri - Rolla
Terry began his career with the Monsanto Company in 1969 where he started as an Engineer I and worked his way to Senior Fellow-Process Control by the time he retired in 2003.  In 2004, he became a contract engineer for ConocoPhillips Wood River Refinery.  He has 40 years of experience in advance process control, process simulation, process operation, troubleshooting and optimization. Special skills include: simulation with Hysys and Pro/II; operational analysis with engineering software; process control assessments defining improved control strategies and benefits; PRoVox and DeltaV control configurations. Terry served on the INTECH Editorial Advisory Board from 1992-1996.  He was an adjunct professor for Washington University in 1986 and 2004-2008, a Lehigh University Biannual Lecturer from 1974-1986, an ISA Fellow in 1990, an AIChE Fellow in 2000 and a Registered Professional Engineer since 1974.