Dr. Syamal K. Poddar brings over 40 years worth of professional experience in technology and processes related to hydrocarbon and energy industries encompassing R&D, process engineering, project engineering, project management & development, business development and contract negotiation. Prior to forming his own consulting company, Poddar & Associates about five years ago, Dr. Poddar worked in various capacities in the hydrocarbon industry sector including Exxon Research and Engineering Company, and Bechtel Corporation. His global business exposure and Indian heritage helped him to develop a unique set of skills to develop, lead and manage international projects. With Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India, Dr. Poddar earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to authoring 42 technical papers and holding 2 US patents, he has made numerous technical and business presentations at national and international conferences and organized & chaired many national and international conferences. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He is a passionate volunteer and as elected President contributed significantly in the growth of professional and social organizations. He is Past Chair of F&PD, a Past Director of the Management divison, a past member of SIOC of Operating Council. Currently he is a Trustee of the AIChE Foundation ad a mmbr of the Advisory Board of Center of Energy Initiative (CIE). He is an elected Fellow of the AIChE and currently a member of Fellows Councel.
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