Henry Z. Kister is a Fluor Corp. senior fellow and director of fractionation technology. He has over 30 years expertise in all phases of distillation, including troubleshooting, operation, debottlenecking, design, start-up, and control of fractionation processes and equipment. He is also extensively involved in field consulting, start-up and troubleshooting. He is Fluor’s representative on the Fractionation Research Inc. (FRI) Advisory Committee and serves on FRI’s Design Practices Committee.
Henry Kister is the author of two 700-page textbooks titled, Distillation Operation and Distillation Design, both published by McGraw-Hill, and a third 700-page textbook, Distillation Troubleshooting, published by Wiley. He is also the author of the chapter on Distillation Equipment in the 8th Edition of Perry’s Handbook (2008) and of about 90 published technical articles on distillation.
For 28 years, Henry Kister has led the IChemE-sponsored 3-day continuing education course “Practical Distillation Technology”, by now presented over 400 times in public and for major corporations in 22 countries on all 6 continents.
Kister received several awards, including the AIChE Founders Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Engineering and the AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Award. His achievements and contributions earned him membership of the US National Engineering Academy. Kister obtained his BE and ME degrees from the University of NSW in Australia. He is a Fellow of IChemE and AIChE and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.