Monty Alger is a professor of chemical engineering at the Pennsylvania State Univ., where he is Director, Institute for Natural Gas Research. His more than 30 years of experience in the chemicals and energy industries includes positions as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and as Senior Vice President of Research at Myriant. He spent 23 years at General Electric (GE), where he led technology development at the Global Research Center of GE Plastics, and was the General Manager of Technology for the Advanced Materials business.
Prior to GE, he was Director of the MIT Chemical Engineering Practice School Station at GE Plastics. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and serves on advisory boards for organizations including the Shenhua National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy and PTTGC (Thailand). He is a former member of the Council on Competitiveness Technology Leadership Strategy Initiative.
He earned SB and SM degrees from MIT and a PhD from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in chemical engineering. He served on AIChE’s Board of Directors (2010–2012), the Finance Committee, and worked on investment priorities to ensure alignment with member value.