Introducing Some of AIChE's Recently Elected Fellows

Fellow Candidates are nominated by their peers, and generally have about 25 years of significant experience in chemical engineering. They should also have demonstrated significant service to the profession, and have been a member of AIChE for at least 10 years.

Please see below to meet some of AIChE's recently elected Fellows. More Fellows will be introducted in future issues of CEP and here on ChEnected.


John Champion

John Champion is Process Safety Technology Leader at Dow Chemical. He has accumulated more than 20 years of industrial experience, with his recent process safety work incorporating hazard and operability studies, layer of protection analyses, dispersion modeling, incident investigations, process safety management compliance, and other specializations. Prior to his process safety assignments, he held roles in manufacturing, engineering design, and technical management. He is a leader of AIChE’s Safety and Health Div. and chaired the Process Plant Safety Symposium in 2009. He has also chaired sessions and given numerous presentations at the Global Congress on Process Safety. He is a chemical engineering alumnus of the Univ. of Texas at Austin.

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Linda Shi Cheng

Linda Shi Cheng is R&D Director at Honeywell UOP, where her technical leadership has spurred advances in petrochemical and gas processing technology. Her work is documented in 15 U.S. patents, and she has been recognized by Honeywell UOP with the company's patent of the year award, a team performance award, and the Honeywell lnnovation Excellence Award. She has also received the Innovation Award from AIChE's Separations Div. in recognition of her discovery, development, and commercialization of technologies for environmentally friendly products. She earned her PhD in chemical engineering at the State of Univ. of New York at Buffalo.

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Joanne Beattie Compton

Joanne Beattie Compton is an instructor at the Univ. of Rhode Island, where she teaches process safety management concepts and runs the senior lab course. She spent much of her industrial career at Bridgestone (Firestone) and GOJO Industries, during which time she became a leader of AIChE’s Akron (OH) Section. She currently chairs AIChE’s Rhode Island Section. She is also active in chemical engineering outreach — speaking to school groups about careers in engineering, judging science fairs, mentoring AIChE undergraduates, and offering volunteer support at AIChE’s regional and global paper competitions and Chem-E-Car® competitions.

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Edgar A. O'Rear

Edgar A. O'Rear is the Francis W. Winn Professor in Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the Univ. of Oklahoma, where he led the effort to establish a bioengineering program. His research has focused on biomedical engineering and surfactants, and has included pioneering work on accelerated thrombolysis with encapsulated clot-dissolving drugs, as well as the formation of thin organic films on a variety of substrates. This work is documented in over 150 publications and 11 patents. He has chaired may bioengineering sessions for AIChE, and served as president of the International Society of Biorheology.

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Levi Theodore Thompson

Levi Theodore Thompson is the Richard E. Balzhiser Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Michigan, where he directs the Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory and the MIchigan-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. He is co-founder and founding CEO of the company T/J Technologies, a developer of nanomaterials for advanced batteries; and co-founder of Inmatech, a company that commercializes low-cost, high-energy-density supercapacitors. He has served as a consulting editor of AIChE Journal, a chair of AIChE's Chemical Technology Operating Council, and on AIChE's Board of Directors. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering at the Univ. of Michigan. 

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Gregory Yeo

Gregory Yeo is Chief Engineer at ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston, TX). He has worked in ExxonMobil’s olefins business in a wide range of technical, manufacturing, and leadership roles at locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has served AIChE as chair of the Executive Board of the Program Committee, Program Chair for the 2012 Spring Meeting, and chair of the Ethylene Producers’ Committee, in which he has held a variety of leadership and programming roles. He is a frequent speaker at AIChE’s Annual Student Conference and the Southwest Process Technology Conference. He is a chemical engineering alumnus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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