2013 Inductees of the Academy of Chemical Engineers

Richard Altice

Operating Partner
Quinpario Partners LLC
BS ChE 1986, University of Missouri - Rolla
Graduate Studies in Business, Wichita State University
Richard began his career in 1986 with Cargill Inc. as a production supervisor at their corn wet milling and sweetener facility in Eddyville, Iowa.  In 1988, he went on to work as a process & instrumentation engineer for Vulcan Chemicals in Wichita, Kansas.  After spending almost six years as a “real” engineer, Richard decided to take the leap into technical sales and marketing.  Over the next 20 years he held a variety of roles specializing in the development and implementation of business and commercial strategies designed to rapidly grow businesses.  In 2008, Richard joined Solutia Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri as part of the Specialty Fluids business.  During his tenure at Solutia, he held a number of career progressing roles, including Global Commercial Director, Specialty Fluids and Vice President, Commercial Services, Technical Specialties.  Richard’s career at Solutia culminated in his becoming President and General Manager, Technical Specialties, where he was responsible for all commercial, manufacturing, technology, and strategic aspects for the division.  The Technical Specialties division of Solutia included 14 global manufacturing facilities, approximately 900 employees and sales revenue of over $900M.   After Solutia Inc. was acquired by Eastman Chemical Company on July 2, 2012, Richard left Solutia/Eastman and joined Quinpario Partners, a private investment and operating company focused in the specialty chemicals and performance materials industries, as an operating partner.

Sarah Bock

Project Manager, R&D
Covidien, St. Louis
BS ChE 1987, University of Missouri - Rolla
MBA 1994, Webster University
Sarah began her career in 1987 as a process engineer with Cargill and later, took a production supervisor’s position with Lever Brothers Company.  She progressed to laboratory supervisor where she managed the resources of the laboratory on a daily basis.  She served as the Chemical Hygiene Officer responsible for implementing the new OSHA Laboratory Standard.  In 1991, Sarah went to work for Mallinckrodt where she has held a variety of roles:  process engineering, Health, Safety and Environmental engineering, project management, and now facilities management.  She has assisted in the implementation of corporate projects in an FDA regulated facility; acted as a liaison between manufacturing and corporate engineering, as well as between manufacturing and regulatory agencies for special products, peptides, and then Research and Development and Quality Laboratories; functioned as a Chemical Hygiene Officer and Laboratory Safety Engineer; and implemented solvent handling capabilities at Covidien/Mallinckrodt’s Webster Groves R&D Facility.  She is currently responsible for the R&D facilities at the St. Louis Plant.

Neil Book

Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
BS ChE 1972, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS ChE 1974, University of Colorado
PhD ChE 1976, University of Colorado
Neil was an assistant professor in the chemical engineering department at Tulane University before returning to the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1978.  He was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and became an associate professor emeritus upon retirement in 2012.  Neil was the lead investigator for the research project of the Process Data Exchange Institute, a consortium of 35 companies created by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to establish international standards for the electronic exchange of chemical process engineering data.  Neil was a research investigator in the Intelligent Systems Center, a research associate in the Center for Environmental Science and Technology, and the director of the Consortium for Advanced Process and Control Engineering Technologies.  He was an investigator on 21 research grants with a total of more than $675,000 in funding.

John Max Brawley

CC Energy
BS ChE 1956, Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy
Max began his career with Mobil Oil Company at their Illinois Refinery in 1956.  He was a process engineer on the crude units and delayed coker. He progressed until he became the Refinery Night Superintendent.  In 1966, he went to work for Haldor Topsoe Chemical Engineers as a management consultant.  He helped managed the Kuwait Government’s 60% interest in the KNPC Shuaiba Refinery Project. In 1972, Max became the assistant refinery manager for KNPC Shuaiba Refinery. From 1975-1978, he held the position of Refinery Manager for KNPC Refinery. From 1978-1983, Max worked for Bechtel as a marketing manager based in Kuwait and London.  From 1983 – 1986, he worked for IPG – Independent Petroleum Group as a manager of projects based in Kuwait. He managed projects to upgrade and modernize the Aden Refinery. In 1986-1996, Max was a senior marketing executive for CCC based in London.  He managed marketing activities in the Middle East, concentrating on the Arabian Gulf, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. From 1996-2006, Max was Managing Director of Consolidated Contractors International UK Ltd and Managing Director of CCC Oil and Gas S.A.L.  In 2006 to 2012, he was the Director of CC Energy based in Houston, Texas where he was responsible for Oil and Gas exploration, development and production for CCC operations in Yemen.

Jack Chosnek

BS ChE, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
MS ChE, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
PhD ChE 1975, University of Missouri - Rolla
MBA, Texas A&M at corpus Christi
After finishing his doctorate in Chemical Engineering at UMR, Jack joined Celanese Chemicals at their Corpus Christi, Texas, Technical Center, where after a short while he became the head of Chemical Engineering Research.   Later Jack became part of a team responsible for developing one of the first pilot plants for biotechnology, for the commercialization of a process for the production of TPA. In 1991, Jack transferred to the largest Celanese plant, located in the Houston area, and was charged with developing and implementing a process safety management system that would be compliant with OSHA’s upcoming Process Safety Standard.   His efforts led him also to become involved in Knowledge Management, and moved to the position of Technology Leader. In 2000, Jack founded KnowledgeOne.  He has consulted with companies from some of the smallest to the largest (e.g. ExxonMobil, BP) in the areas of chemicals, refining, oil and gas, offshore, waste management and mining.  His areas of expertise are process hazards analysis, LOPA/SIL, dispersion analysis, management of change, incident investigations, gap analyses and audits.  In the last three years Jack was the principal risk engineer in multi-billion dollar projects in the areas of coal to gasoline processing and LNG liquefaction.

Dannie Clarida

CorrMat International LLC
BS ChE 1965, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS ChE 1966, University of Missouri - Rolla
He began his career with Conoco Inc. in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1969. He functioned within a corporate engineering group providing input for major projects, plant maintenance shutdowns, and operating units for domestic and international sites. He supported major capital project activities with corrosion control and metallurgy input for equipment while promoting equipment integrity and reliability. He also provided technical leadership to address and resolve corrosion/materials issues at major process unit maintenance shutdowns in petroleum refineries. In 2003, he became owner of CorrMat International LLC. Dannie is a corrosion consultant with extensive technical expertise in the development and use of corrosion control programs for process units in petroleum refineries. His process knowledge and background provides unique perspective from which to troubleshoot corrosion issues and determine multi-faceted solutions.  Dannie is recognized as one who is proactive to identify potential corrosion problems and formulate a plan to address them.  He is knowledgeable in the application of materials for refinery equipment to provide appropriate service life.  He is also a corrosion resource in expert review of process units to determine potential degradation mechanisms and related operations parameters for their prevention.

Jeffrey Costellia

Partner, Deputy Chair
Nixon Peabody LLP
BS ChE 1987, University of Missouri - Rolla
JD with honors, George Washington University
Jeffrey Costellia is a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Intellectual Property practice and works out of their Washington, DC office.  Jeff acts as a Deputy Department chair for the firm’s Litigation Department, with particular emphasis on the firm’s intellectual property. His work involves both U.S. and overseas based companies to develop overall, effective intellectual property protection strategies globally, involving all phases of patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement protection.  Jeff has worked closely with large and small high technology companies to protect their developments in electronic circuits, semiconductors, LCD and electroluminescent displays, chemical composites and polymers, locomotive and other transportation monitoring and sensing technologies, large scale product conveying equipment, mining technologies and microwave food packaging technologies.

Clyde Cowan Jr

The Catholic University of America
BS ChE 1940, Missouri School and Mines and Metallurgy
MS Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
PhD Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
Clyde was the co-discoverer of the neutrino, along with Frederick Reines. The discovery proving the existence of this sub-atomic particle was made in 1956. Frederick Reines received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1995 in both of their names. Clyde joined the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service with the rank of Second Lieutenant when America joined World War II in 1941. In August 1942, he was transferred to Eisenhower's Eighth Air Force stationed in London, England. In 1943 he designed and built an experimental cleaning unit to be used in case of gas attack. In the following year, he joined the staff of the British Branch of the Radiation Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which was located in Great Malvern, England. In 1945 he was a liaison officer with the Royal Air Force, working to expedite transmittal of technical information and equipment. He returned to the United States in 1945, and worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Clyde began his teaching career in 1957, as a Professor of Physics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. The following year, he left GWU and joined the faculty of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, a post he held until the close of his life. He passed away in 1974, some twenty-one years before his ground-breaking work was recognized with a Nobel Prize.

Charles Lyon

Business Director, Americas and Asia
BS ChE 1984, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS Eng Mgmt 1991, University of Missouri - Rolla
Charlie is currently the Business Director, Americas and Asia for INEOS Melamines, a unit of INEOS Capital Limited. In this role, Charlie is responsible for P&L and directing all business operations and strategic planning. He also leads execution of the strategy to establish complete business operations in the Asia region. This includes organizational design and staffing, establishment of legal entities, and start-up of manufacturing and laboratory facilities. Charlie also serves as Director for INEOS’ entities in the US and Singapore. Charlie’s career began in 1984 as a process engineer for Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO. While in manufacturing, he led multiple project teams which achieved a major turnaround in unit performance. In 1995, Charlie became Global Business Manager for two specialty chemical business units, and again led business teams which delivered significant improvements in financial performance. Charlie joined Solutia’s Surface Specialties business unit in 2000 as a Business Manager for the Americas and Asia, with P&L responsibility for the 2,000 product Liquid Coating Resins business line. He also served as Managing Director on the board of Solutia’s joint venture in India. In 2005, Charlie joined INEOS Capital Limited.

John (Jack) Maurer

General Patent Counsel (Retired)
Monsanto Company
BS ChE 1951, Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy
JD 1958, St. Louis University
After graduating from what was then the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1951 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Jack worked for several years as a chemical engineer, both in industry and in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.  After military service he returned to Monsanto Company.  Jack spent a significant part of his career as a patent lawyer with Monsanto Company and eventually became General Patent Counsel. During his career, he was active in several professional organizations including the Patent Section of the Metropolitan Bar Association of St. Louis, Patent, Trademark and Copyright sections of the American Bar Association, American Patent Law Association, and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel.

Joseph Schroeder

Senior Vice President of Engineering
Nooter Eriksen
BS ChE 1977, University of Missouri - Rolla
Joe has been with St. Louis based Nooter companies since graduating from Rolla. Joe was Senior Vice President of Engineering with Nooter Eriksen. Nooter Eriksen is the world’s largest supplier of heat recovery steam generators behind gas turbines for power generation.  He was in charge of various groups at Nooter Eriksen which include Structural Design, Instrumentation and Controls, Drafting, Product Testing and Development, R&D and Information Systems. His current role is now a part time employee of Nooter Eriksen still involved with technical issues and with the assessment and development of new products and business ventures. He is also currently doing consulting work for a couple different research organizations. Joe is currently the Chair of ASME PTC 4.4 on Performance Testing of HRSG’s. He is on the Board of Directors of Heat Transfer Research Inc (HTRI) which is a research cooperative mainly for the chemical and petroleum industries. Joe is on the ASME Industrial Advisory Board, ASME Water Technology Committee, ASME Power Plant and Environmental Chemistry Committee and the ASME Combined Cycle Committee. He is a member of AICHE, ASME and ASHRAE.  Joe speaks regularly at various Users’ Group meetings, has published various technical papers and has several patents.