Meet Some of AIChE’s Newly Elected Fellows

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

Here are some of the recently elected Fellows. More Fellows will be introduced in future issues of CEP and here on ChEnected.

John P. (Jack) Dever

John P. (Jack) Dever is Executive Vice President and CTO of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC), where he is accountable for new business development, research strategy, intellectual property, techno-economic-chemical-design-technology improvement, customer partnerships, and technical-staff development. Among his achievements, Dever helped develop the METEOR process technology for ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol, and he led a multi-functional group in the development of next-generation process technology for acrylic acid. He is a leader of AIChE’s Management Division and earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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Andrew C. Hillier

Andrew C. Hillier is the Reginald R. Baxter Endowed Chair and professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, where his research has focused on electrochemistry, optical sensing, and nanoscale materials. As department chair, he oversaw the growth of his department’s undergraduate enrollment by more than 60%, and graduate enrollment by nearly 50%. He also added faculty and increased fundraising and philanthropic support for the school. Hillier has organized sessions at AIChE conferences, held leadership roles and organized symposia for the Electrochemical Society, and served as an ABET curriculum evaluator.

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Jay D. Keasling

Jay D. Keasling is the Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. His research in metabolic engineering has applications in the environmentally friendly synthesis of drugs, chemicals, and fuels. Keasling is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors, and received AIChE’s Doing a World of Good Medal in 2019. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and performed post-doctoral research in biochemistry at Stanford University.

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Mary Kathryn Lee

Mary Kathryn Lee is Senior Engineer at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research, where she has designed and built laboratory-scale analytical units to make novel liquid and gas separation experimental measurements. She holds four patents involving the removal of heteroatoms in petroleum streams and three patents for an analytical instrument to measure the early onset of haze in lube oils. Lee served as an AIChE director from 2017–2019, and was twice chair of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC). In 2020, she received AIChE’s Award for Service to Society for her dedication to advancing underrepresented groups in the STEM professions.

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John Lepore

John Lepore is senior director of chemical process development and global pharmaceutical commercialization at Merck and Co. Within AIChE, he has extensive leadership involvement in the Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Manufacturing Forum (PD2M). As a chair and leader of PD2M, he has emphasized continuation of high-quality programming, deepened collaboration with adjacent technical areas within AIChE, increased PD2M’s outreach to stakeholders, and improved the financial sustainability of the Forum. He is also leading the mission, vision, and long-term organization task team for PD2M. He earned his PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Rutgers University.

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Roger D. Whitley

Roger D. Whitley is the Distinguished Engineer for Standard Products Technology at Air Products, where he leads programs to develop new adsorbents and processes for improving adsorption-based gas separation and purification processes. In recognition of his innovations over his 30-year career, he is a named inventor on 34 patent families. Within AIChE, Whitley has been active in the Adsorption and Ion Exchange programming area, as well as the Separations Division, for which he served as chair in 2018. He is currently involved in AIChE’s LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative. He is also a director of the International Adsorption Society.

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