Paul E. Fanning, Ph.D., P.E., is a Development Associate in the Chemical Process Development Group at Eastman Chemical Company. Before arriving in Tennessee in March 2008, Paul was employed by Union Carbide Corporation (now a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company), where he was a Senior R&D Specialist in the Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol R&D Group at the South Charleston Technology Park in West Virginia. While working for Union Carbide, Paul held various other technical positions, both in West Virginia and at the St. Charles Operations manufacturing site in Louisiana. He holds B.S. (1985), M.S. (1992), and Ph.D. (1996) degrees, all in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana and West Virginia.
Regarding service to AIChE, Paul served as Secretary of the Charleston, WV, Section in 1997-1998. For the New Orleans Section, he served as Secretary (2002-2003), Vice Chair and Program Chair (2003-2004), Chair (2004-2005), and Immediate Past Chair (2005-2006). Upon returning to West Virginia in June 2005, Paul once again became involved with the Charleston Section, most notably by serving as Treasurer from mid-2006 until his departure from WV in early 2008. He served as Vice Chair (2006) and Chair (2007) of the Education Services Subcommittee of AIChE’s Professional Development Committee, and continued to be an active member through the elevation to Committee status and to the point at which the Committee was disbanded.
In his role with the Education Services Subcommittee, Paul championed and coordinated the development of the “Six Sigma for Chemical Engineers” course, the “Fischer-Tropsch Catalysis: Fundamentals and Practice” course, and two successful gasification-related webinars. Soon after his arrival at Eastman, Paul became a member of the East Tennessee Local Section Program Committee and was elected to the Vice Chair role, serving as Vice Chair and Program Chair in 2009 and succeeding to Chair in 2010.
He was the leader of the Sponsorship Committee for the Leadership Development Conference (LDC) that was held in Kingsport in 2010. He served as the Immediate Past Chair and led the effort to revise the East Tennessee Local Section bylaws. He works with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) as a member of the Chemical Exam Committee that develops the chemical engineering Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. He was a member of the LDC-Alternative Committee (sponsored by AIChE’s Career and Education Operating Council) that developed a proposal to provide leadership training to local section leaders for years when AIChE does not support a full-scale LDC.
Paul was a member of the Fundraising Subcommittee (also sponsored by the Career and Education Operating Council) whose goal was to provide best practice ideas and tools for local sections for the purpose of raising funds for section activities.
Currently, Paul serves as a Director of the East Tennessee Local Section.