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2015/2016 NorCal AIChE Awards for Chemical Engineering Excellence

2015/2016 NorCal AIChE Awards for Chemical Engineering Excellence

The Chemical Engineering Excellence Award program has been instituted to recognize outstanding Northern California chemical engineering professionals and projects.  The awards are offered in a number of categories.  Selection is by committee vote and only nominations meeting minimum criteria are considered.

The awards, consisting of personalized plaques are presented during the NorCal AIChE One Day Symposium or a NorCal AIChE dinner meeting.

Congratulations to all of the Recipients of the 2015/2016 NorCal AIChE Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence.

 - Dr. Habib Amin, Chemical Engineering Excellence Awards Chair


CORPORATE/AGENCY/INDIVIDUAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Continuing Education: Jerry Jones, P.E., American Institute of Chemical Engineers Center for Chemical process safety

Jerry Jones, P.E., joined the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) as a staff consultant in 2012. He has more than 40 years of experience across industry sectors including chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and electronics industry materials. He has worked in process development and engineering, plant design, Environmental Health and Safety, and process safety functions and supported manufacturing operations in over a dozen countries while an employee of Monsanto, SRI International, Raychem, and Genentech/Roche. He has extensive experience with the implementation of risk-based management systems including those for process safety.

Jerry has directed corporate functions in multinational companies for environment, health and safety (EHS) compliance and risk management, sustainability and assuring business continuity. Implemented corporate programs for:
· water, energy and materials management / conservation,
· product life cycle assessment and pollution prevention /waste minimization in the supply chain,
· process safety and worker safety management system improvements,
· integrated EHS / Quality management systems,
· environmental assessments and remediation for chemical R&D and manufacturing sites.

Jerry earned BS and ME degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell and an MS in environmental engineering from Stanford.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and California and holds a number of safety related certifications. CCPS projects: Process Safety Boot Camp Training Program, Process Safety in Bioprocess Manufacturing Facilities.


Professional Achievement: S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Chevron Corporation

S. Shariq Yosufzai is Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships and Association Relations (UPAR), Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2013. He is responsible for Chevron’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Ombuds functions, and oversees the company’s strategic partnerships with universities and professional societies. In 2015, Chevron received the prestigious 2015 Catalyst Award for innovative organizational approaches in the advancement of women. The company has also received top awards from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Business Insider, and Glassdoor for being a top employer. Four of Chevron’s employee networks also gained international recognition as being among the Top 10 Employee Networks and Mr. Yosufzai was named one of the “Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry” worldwide by The Economist’s Global Diversity List.

S. Shariq Yosufzai is Vice President, Global Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships and Association Relations (UPAR), Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2013. He is responsible for Chevron’s diversity, inclusion (D&I), and Ombuds functions, and oversees the company’s strategic partnerships with universities and professional societies. In 2015, Chevron received the prestigious 2015 Catalyst Award for innovative organizational approaches in the advancement of women. The company has also received top awards from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Business Insider, and Glassdoor for being a top employer. Four of Chevron’s employee networks also gained international recognition as being among the Top 10 Employee Networks and Mr. Yosufzai was named one of the “Top 50 Professionals in Industry” worldwide by The Economist’s Global Diversity List.

From 2004-2010, Shariq served as President of Chevron Global Marketing where he led Chevron's fuels marketing, commercial and industrial marketing, and convenience retailing operations across 65 countries for the company’s three world class brands (Chevron, Texaco and Caltex). In 2003, he co-led Chevron Products Company, responsible for Chevron’s North America Refining and Marketing Operations. He has also served as President of Chevron Global Lubricants, Corporate Vice President of Caltex, President, Texaco Lubricants and as Vice President supporting Chevron’s CEO & Chairman on the National Petroleum Council (NPC) ‘Future Fuels’ Study.

In May 2015, the World Affairs Council of San Francisco honored Shariq as an outstanding foreign-born leader who has made outsized contributions to the Bay Area economy and culture. As a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Shariq was honored with the Fuels & Petrochemicals Division Award 2014 for major contributions to the advancement of the fuels and petrochemicals industries. In 2012, “Upwardly Global” named Yosufzai the 2012 Outstanding Corporate Leader for his contributions to Diversity and Economic Development in California. In 2011, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M. Previously he was recipient of the AIChE’s Inaugural Industry Leadership Award (2010) and the Robert L. Jacks Memorial Award (1995) and named an Outstanding International Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M.  He serves as Vice-Chair of the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees, an Advisory Board Member of the National Council of La Raza and a member of the Special Contribution Fund (SCF) Board of Trustees of the NAACP. Shariq also serves on the boards of the San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances. He also served as 2011 Chair of the Board of the California Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 Chair of the Board of The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.

Plant Operations:  Eco Services (Previously Solvay and Rhodia Chemical), Martinez, CA

The Eco Services plant located in Martinez, CA has proven itself as the safest and most reliable sulfuric acid regeneration plant in the world over the course of the last 3 years.  The last OSHA lost time injury for its employees and contractors that work at the site occurred over 23 years ago.  The last OSHA recordable injury occurred over a decade ago.

It is also one of the most environmentally responsible chemical manufacturing sites.  Eco Services regenerates a million pounds of sulfuric acid every day for nearby refineries and produces an additional million pounds a day of sulfuric acid from sulfur that is recovered by refineries from crude oil.  The process is exothermic; the heat is recovered to produce carbon free electricity that supplies the site’s needs and any excess is exported to the grid.  Even the tail gas scrubber effluent is used as an 8-0-0-11 fertilizer in the agricultural industry.  Eco Services has spent tens of millions of dollars remediating Peyton Slough and creating over 7 acres of new salt water marsh although the contamination was due to an old copper smelter that was located on the site years ago.

Eco Services was named a Top 100 Workplace in the Bay Area for 2014 and 2015.  The Martinez plant has strong employee involvement well beyond the typical requirements of safety and process safety programs that helped create such a workplace.  Plant employees – engineers, craftsmen, operators, loaders, lab tech and administrative staff – come together to build common use areas.  No outside contractors are used for the execution.  The largest endeavor was a 2 acre park on a hillside within the plant boundary.  It included over 100 redwoods, incense cedars, coastal oaks, cacti, and four varieties of palms.  Also two bocce courts, two horseshoe pits, a pitch and put area, two barbeque pits and picnic areas were created.  These types of projects breakdown barriers, promote teamwork, create pride, and encourage participation in all work and programs at the site.  High moral and employee involvement ultimately delivers outstanding plant performance in all facets.

Eco Services Martinez Plant is Managed by Darrel Hodge, Plant Manager and Wahyet Li, Assistant Plant manager, both chemical engineers with several years of plant operations experience.