Joseph Powell

Joseph Powell

Chief Scientist
Chemical Engineering, Shell

Joseph B. Powell (PhD) is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Shell’s Chief Scientist - Chemical Engineering since 2006. He joined the Process Development Department at Shell Technology Center Houston in 1988, where he has led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery, in addition to a Hunters innovation group.

Dr. Powell has been co-inventor on more than 125 distinct patent applications with more than 60 granted, and has received 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) and Practice Award (2017).

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 Process Development Division Programming chair, Spring Meeting Program Chair (2015) and Co-Chair (2012), Chemical Technology Operating Council, Executive Board Programming Committee, Center for Energy Initiatives board member, Pilot Plants 12B Area Chair, Shale Gas and Sustainability Topical Chairs. Joe currently serves on the U.S. National Academy Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee, editorial committees of Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, Crosscutting technologies panel lead and author for Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (2017).

He was elected and served on the Board of Directors of AIChE (2016-18). Dr. Powell obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison