||| KEITH G. TOMAZI
St. Louis, Missouri
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.
Keith is a registered Professional Engineer (Missouri) and is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, UMR Council of Graduate Students, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Instrument Society of America, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Sigma XI. He is also a member of an NSF advisory board and is currently serving as Chair of the Biochemical Engineering Advisory Committee. He has several publications and six patents granted or in-progress. Keith and his wife Linda reside in Florissant, Missouri. Keith was inducted into the Academy in 2008.