American Institute Of Chemical Engineers Names New Officers And Board Members For 2012

October 26, 2011

NEW YORK – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced that David A. Rosenthal, reliability delivery and assets management manager for Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. in its Houston, Texas office will become president of the 40,000 member organization in 2012.

Rosenthal succeeds 2011 President Maria K. Burka, program director in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Joining him on the Board of Directors will be Phillip R. Westmoreland, who will serve as president-elect in 2012 and as president in 2013. Westmoreland is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at North Carolina State University and executive director of the University’s Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.

Also newly elected to three year terms as directors were: John Cirucci, senior engineering associate at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., in Allentown, Pennsylvania; John G. Ekerdt, Dick Rothwell endowed chair in chemical engineering and associate dean for research in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin; Jack Hipple, principal with Innovation-TRIZ in Tampa, Florida; and Rosemarie D. Wesson, program director of the Chemical and Biological Separations Program at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.  

Rosenthal, an AIChE Fellow, has previously served as AIChE’s treasurer and as a member of the board of directors. Before joining Jacobs Engineering earlier this year, Rosenthal’s career in manufacturing competitiveness and asset reliability has included a variety of consulting and staff assignments, including 28 years with Rohm and Haas. He has been active in several AIChE local sections, chaired its Management Division, and served as chair of the 1996 Spring Meeting. Recently, he was instrumental in the formation of the Institute’s new Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. from the University of Texas.

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