2010 Inductees of the academy of chemical engineers

A. Kent Peccola

Prcoess Engineering Manager
ConocoPhillips, Wood River Refinery
BS ChE 1982, University of Missouri - Rolla
Kent began his career with Shell Oil Company in 1982 as a unit process engineer at the Wood River Refinery near St. Louis.  After several engineering assignments, Kent accepted roles in business planning, technical management and operations management.  He volunteered with Junior Achievement and served on the University of Missouri-Rolla Corporate Development Council.  Kent transferred to Shell’s Deer Park Refinery in Houston in 1996 for a business management position and then to Shell’s Westhollow Technology Center in Houston for a corporate distillation specialist assignment. He returned to the Wood River Refinery as a refinery distillation specialist in 2000.  Ownership of the Wood River Refinery passed from Shell Oil to Tosco to ConocoPhillips, and Kent assumed the position of Process Design Director.  In that role, Kent directed the process engineering department in support of capital projects ranging from the addition of low sulfur gasoline and diesel units to the evaluation, purchase and integration of a nearby competitor’s refinery.  In 2006, Kent accepted his current position as Process Engineering Manager to lead the design of the multibillion dollar expansion of the Wood River Refinery.

Christopher Isom

Sulzer Chemtech USA
BS ChE 1985, University of Missouri - Rolla
MBA, University of West Florida
In 1985, Christopher began his career with Stone Container Company where he would oversee formulations, production, quality control, suppliers and troubleshooting for 14 flexible packaging facilities.  In 1989, he accepted a position with Koch Glitsch in Wichita, Kansas where he progressed from sales engineer up to vice president in Mixing & Reaction Technology Division. From 2003-2006, Christopher was Director of the Mixing & Reaction Technology (MRT), North & South America where he led intergration of newly acquired Koch Glitsch Mixing Froup into Sulzer Chemtech USA.  From 2007 to present, he has been the President of Sulzer Chemtech USA in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Sulzer Chemtech USA in 1 of 4 divisions and is composed of 4 separate business units operating in North and South America. Christopher is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers, Manufacturers’ Agents National Association, American Water Works Association, and the Water Environmental Federation. 

Edward Schneider

Lark Engineering Corp
BS ChE 1942, Missouri School and Mines & Metallurgy
In 1942, Edward began his career with Monsanto Company where he was a chemical engineer and worked on the Chemical Warfare Service.  In 1946, he moved to the Foreign Sales Division in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2004, he acquired a job with the Wagner Electric Corporation where he was plant manager for the Brake Fluid Plant. From 1964 through 2009, Edward was the President of the Lark Engineering Corporation. Edward is president of Alpha Chi Sigma Education Foundation, a member of the Masonic Order 32nd degree, a trustee of the Bopp Lane Subdivision Town & Country, President of the St. Louis Air Pollution Control Association, and a member of an Amateur Radio Club.