2015 Inductees of the Academy of Chemical Engineers

Allen Harvey

Chemical Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
 
BSChE 1983, University of Missouri - Rolla
PhD ChE 1988, University of California at Berkley
 
After obtaining his Ph.D., Allan went to work for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate. In 1990 he became a Senior Engineer at Simulation Sciences Inc. (now part of Invensys) in Brea, California. After four years at Simulation Sciences Allan went back to NIST as a Chemical Engineer working in Boulder, Colorado. Allan has received multiple rewards including the NIST Measurement Services Award in 1996, the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2011, and the Fellow, ASME in 2013. Allan is the Editor for Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, and he is also on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Thermodynamics.

Carma Gibler

Process Engineering Specialist
Kelly Scientific Resources
Contractor
Krayon Polymers
BS ChE, Univeristy of Missouri - Rolla
 
Carma is a process engineering specialist with twenty-seven years of experience in polymers, base chemicals and refining. She spent twenty years working with Kraton ® Polymers in process research and development as well as working at the chemical plant. Carma was awarded twenty-two patents during her career at Shell Chemical Company. Additionally, she was a department manager as Shell, commercialized 1,3-propanediol, designed market development units and pilot plants, provided economic analyses and assessed competitive technologies. Carma is currently employed by Kelly Scientific Resources and works part-time supporting Kraton Polymers as a contactor. She resides in Houston, Texas.

Eva Miranda

Sanctuary Conservation
 
BS ChE 1987, University of Missouri - Rolla
MBA, Harvard University
 
Eva is currently launching Sanctuary Conservation, a sustainable business that preserves nature and memorializes lives. Previously, Eva developed and grew Delight networks, an e-commerce group of companies. She was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager at Sony Corporation of America and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Sony Pictures Entertainment. While at Sony, she developed and grew new businesses and transformed existing business operations by adopting new technology for infrastructure and product delivery. Prior to Sony, she held the positions of Senior Associate at Strategic Decisions Group; Associate at McKinsey and Company, Inc.; and Product Development Engineer at Procter & Gamble. She has served on several non-profit boards, including: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Yerba Buena Arts and Events, and as President of the Board of Trustees for Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School.

Kurt Koelling

Professor
Ohio State University
 
BS ChE 1988, University of Missouri - Rolla
PhD ChE 1993, Princeton University
 
Kurt joined The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1993. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998 and Full Professor in 2005. Kurt has made an impact in four areas of research: interfacial polymer fluid dynamics, polymer nanocomposit materials, rheology of polymer melts and solutions, and advanced polymer molding technologies. His work has been recognized with the NSF CAREER Development Award, NSF Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship, OSU Lumley Research award, OSU Interdisciplinary Research Award, and appointment as Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperatvie Research Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering. His research has led to over 100 refereed jounal articles, 80 conference proceedings, and several patents. Kurt has served as a member of the Missouri S&T Chemical Engineering Advisory Council from 2002-2009. He is also a member of the 1986 swimming team that was elected into the UMR Athlectic Hall of Fame in 2003.

Lisa Krueger

President and CEO
Essential Power
 
BS ChE 1986, University of Missouri - Rolla
MBA, Rice University
 
Lisa Krueher is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Essential Power, a wholesale power generation company engaged in the ownership and operation of over 1,700 MW of natural gas fired and hydro generating facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. Prior to joining Essential Power in March, 2014, Lisa was a senior officer at First Solar, Inc., a US based manufacturer of solar modules where she led domestic and international business development, government affairs, communications, and sustainability as First Solar went from a start-up venture, to the #1 IPO of 2006, to the world's largest manufacturer of solar modules. Earlier in her career, Lisa held several executive level positions at Dynegy, Inc., a wholesale power generation company, and Illinois Power, an electric and gas utility. Her roles ranged from commodity trading, generation and transmission planning, electric transmission system operations, generation system operation, environmental, health and safety, and enterprise risk management.

Michael McGath

Manager Newberry Plant and Hector Mine
NL Industries, Inc.
 
BS ChE 1970, University of Missouri - Rolla
 
After Michael completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at UMR, he started a career with NL Industries, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri as an Engineer and Production Supervisor. In 1972, he moved to Charleston, West Virginia where he became a Project Engineering for the construction of their New Bentone Plant. In 1974, Michael was promoted to Bentone Plant Production Manager, where he stayed until 1978. For the next 36 years until his retirement in 2014, Michael served as the Manager of the Newberry Springs California Plant and Hector Mine which NL Industries subsequently sold to Elementis Sepcialities, PLC when it divested itself of Rheox, Inc., its specialty subsidiary. Michael has been a board member or officer of many organizations, including President of the California Mining Association, california Construction and Industrial Minerals Association, UMR Alumnia Association, and Newberry Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Philip Ling

Portfolio Manager
Shell Downstream's Acquisitions & Divestments Group
 
BS ChE 1992, University of Missouri - Rolla
MBS with a concentration in Finance 1999
 
Philip Ling has invested in the future of the university for many years. Through his  distinguished career in the petrochemicals, oil and gas sectors, he has raised the university's profile, championed the close alignmnet between industry and academia, and underscored the practical, industrial application of technical know-how and expertise. Phil graduated from Missouri S&T in 1992 and joined Lyondell Petrchemicals as a process engineer at their Channelview, TX plant. In 2001, Phil joined Shell. Over a twenty-two year career in the industry, Phil has held roles in process and production engineering, economics and scheduling, crude oil supply, business development, commodities trading, and most recently landed a senior role in Shell's Acquisitions & Divestments (A&D) group. While at Shell, Phil has worked in London, New Orleans, and Houston. Phil has generously supported the Chemical Engineering department phonathons, student organizations, like AIChE and Omega Chi Epsilon, and the Alumni Annual Fund. He has been active for many years as a member on the Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council.

Robin Shepard

President/Owner
Shepard Safety LLC
Adjunct Professor
Washington University in St. Louis
BS ChE 1984, University of Missouri - Rolla
MS MatSci & Eng 1990, Washington University in St. Louis
DS ChE 1996, Washington University in St. Louis
 
After graduation from University of Missouri - Rolla in 1984, Robin began her career working for McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Company in St. Louis, Missouri, as a Design Engineer, Specialist, working for their Low Observable Technology, Advanced Cruise Missile division. Robin worked for McDonnell Douglas from 1985 to 1991 working her way up to Design Engineer, Senior Specialist in both their Tacit Rainbow and Harpoon Missile divisions. She moved on from McDonnell Douglas to become a Co-Owner/Project Manager at Shepard Civil Engineering in St. Charles, Missouri. Robin served as an Adjunct Professor at Washingtion University in St. Louis, Missouri since 1996. Robin is President/Owner of Shepard Safety LLC, established in 2007, a company that specializes in safety training and education. Robin has received many awards throughought her career, including being inducted into Missouri S&T Women's Hall fo Fame in March 2010.