Steve Kiorpes (retired) is recognized for his work at Scientific Design Co. (SD) from 1957 through 1985. SD, which designed, built, and commissioned large and complex chemical process plants, specialized in new and emerging technologies. Kiorpes’ work was a major factor in the company’s success and international reputation.
As a startup engineer (three years), he worked on plants producing ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol, maleic anhydride, and phthalic anhydride. As a startup director (10 years), he was in technical charge of the startup of nine process plants, five of which utilized first-of-a-kind technologies.
During his 14 years as head of plant operations and safety, Kiorpes led the commissioning of about three dozen plants. Almost all were rapidly developing technologies. He participated personally in every startup done under his general supervision, at locations on four continents.