Monty Alger is a professor of chemical engineering at the Pennsylvania State Univ., where he is Director, Institute for Natural Gas Research. His more than 30 years of experience in the chemicals and energy industries includes positions as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and as Senior Vice President of Research at Myriant. He spent 23 years at General Electric (GE), where he led technology development at the Global Research Center of GE Plastics, and was the General Manager of Technology for the Advanced Materials business. Prior to GE, he was Director of the MIT Chemical Engineering Practice School Station at GE Plastics. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and serves on advisory boards for organizations including the Shenhua National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy and PTTGC (Thailand). He is a former member of the Council on Competitiveness Technology Leadership Strategy Initiative. He earned SB and SM degrees from MIT and a PhD from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. He served on AIChE’s Board of Directors (2010–2012), the Finance Committee, and worked on investment priorities to ensure alignment with member value.
AIChE is in a unique position to help design new innovation and education practices that build on successes to date, including the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), the AIChE Academy, and the public, private, and government partnership created through RAPID. Technology has enabled radically new business models supported by shared global platforms. The workforce is more dynamic as long-tenure positions at companies are less common, and intellectual capital management has become vital to maintaining a competitive market advantage. Students seeking their first jobs benefit from prior workplace experience and knowledge of professional skills, including business communication, finance, and project management. New models of online learning provide access to just-in-time learning and the opportunity to connect basic research innovation with market opportunity. The lean start-up model and interest in entrepreneurship has opened new opportunities for small business creation and factored in to larger companies’ innovation investments, while reinforcing the value of basic research and the need to invest for the future. AIChE has the unique ability to bring together public, private and government sectors to accelerate the design and implementation of modern integrated practices. Outcomes from this effort will lead to improved student success, improved awareness of career opportunities and skill requirements, reduced innovation cycle time, new methods for knowledge management in established companies, and greatly improved connection for basic research and market need.
If elected, I will work with members and partner organizations to advance these ideas. I would appreciate your vote and insights to help AIChE be part of conceiving and implementing new technology-enabled practices for the world of today.