Joseph Powell

Joseph Powell

Chief Scientist
Chemical Engineering, Shell

Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, Ph.D.) is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Shell’s Chief Scientist - Chemical Engineering. In 1988 he joined the Process Development Department at Shell Technology Center Houston, where he has led major R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery, in addition to a Hunters innovation group. Dr. Powell has been granted more than fifty-five U.S. patents (another 60+ pending) and several industry awards, including the A. D. Little Award for Chemical Engineering Innovation (AIChE 1998), R&D100 Award (R&D Magazine) and American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award (2000), U. Wisconsin College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award (2009), AIChE Process Development Division Service Award (2012). He is co-editor and chapter author for the book Sustainable Development in the Process Industries: Cases and Impact,  John Wiley & Sons, New York (2010), and has served AIChE in various roles including division and meeting programming chair, operating council, executive board on programming, pilot plants area chair, topical chair. He currently serves on the U.S. National Academy Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, and editorial committee of Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Powell obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984), following a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia (1978).