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SAN ANTONIO – The Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) presented its annual outstanding achievement award to S. Shariq Yosufzai, vice president for global diversity, ombuds, and university affairs of Chevron Corporation, at its meeting here last week. The award honors individuals who have made substantial contributions to the advancement of the fuels and petrochemicals industries.
In making the award presentation, Tim Olsen of Emerson Process Management, chair of the division, cited Yosufzai as an outstanding chemical engineer who was being recognized for a lifetime of achievements that have positively impacted the fuels and petrochemicals industries in technical developments, management skills and business results. As part of the ceremony, Yosufzai presented on an award lecture on “Advancing Technologies for America’s Transportation Future,” based on the recently completed National Petroleum Council Study on the subject.
Previously, Yosufzai was the recipient of AIChE’s Inaugural Industry Leadership Award in 2010 and the Robert L. Jacks Memorial Award from AIChE’s Management Division in 1995.
Yosufzai chaired AIChE’s inaugural Management Conference in 1994, and was the first chair of AIChE’s Societal Impact Operating Council in 1999. Earlier, he served as chair of AIChE’s Public Relations Committee and chair of the Southeast Texas Section. He was elected a Fellow of AIChE in 2002. He currently serves as member of the Board of Trustees of the AIChE Foundation and is a life member of AIChE.
Named a Distinguished Graduate of the Chemical Engineering Department of Texas A&M University in 1998, in 1999 he became the first person to be honored by the school as both an Outstanding International Alumnus and a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2011, he was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M.
Yosufzai also serves as Executive Sponsor of Chevron’s University Partnership Program for the University of California, Berkeley, and Texas A&M University, and on the Advisory Board of Texas A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering and on the Chancellor’s Century Council of the Texas A&M University System.
Before assuming his current role at Chevron earlier this year, Yosufzai served as vice president, Chevron Corporation, supporting Chevron’s CEO & chairman on the National Petroleum Council’s (NPC’s) “Advancing Technologies for America’s Transportation Future” study. He served as chair of the Chevron-led Supply & Infrastructure Task Group and as decision executive on Downstream Portfolio Projects worldwide. In accepting the award, Yosufzai described NPC’s findings, which had been requested by the U.S. Secretary of Energy, as they related to future transportation fuels.
Previously, Yosufzai served as president, Chevron Global Marketing, where he led Chevron's fuels marketing, commercial and industrial marketing, and convenience retailing operations across 90 countries. In 2003, he assumed the responsibility as co-leader of Chevron Products Company, responsible for Chevron’s North America Refining and Marketing Operations.
In October 2001, Yosufzai was named president, Global Lubricants, upon the formation of ChevronTexaco. Earlier in his career, he served as corporate vice president of Caltex Corporation & president of Lubricants & New Business Development and president of Texaco Lubricants Company.
For his leadership as president, Texaco Lubricants Company, he was named Lubricant’s World magazine's "Person of the Year" in 1996. In 2012, “Upwardly Global” named Yosufzai the year’s Outstanding Corporate Leader for his contributions to diversity and economic development in California.
Yosufzai currently serves as immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and is an Executive Committee member of the San Francisco Opera’s Board of Directors. He previously served as chair of the Board of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M.
About AIChE: AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.