2012 AIChE Gala

November 28, 2012

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As you may know, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, from which many date birth of the modern environmental movement. Although not immediately embraced by companies and their employees, this movement has since re-shaped the industries served by chemical engineers.

At its 2012 gala, AIChE honored three leaders from the energy, chemical and financial industries. They represent companies whose chemical engineers have a history of innovation and excellence in environmental achievement, and that have successfully moved from reducing emissions and remediating legacy issues, to a focus on clean process, green engineering and sustainability, as well as their investment partners.

AIChE’s 2012 Gala raised funds for the continued development of real-world, sustainable technology practices and meaningful, usable sustainability tools that promise to benefit the environmental performance of all companies. Participation in the gala built awareness and broadened support for the real record of environmental achievement and our shared commitment to a sustainable future.

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John S. Watson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron

John S. Watson is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2010.

Previously Watson served as vice chairman of the board from 2009 to 2010 and was responsible for business development; mergers and acquisitions; strategic planning...

Ellen Kullman

Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Dupont

Ellen Kullman, 56, is chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont. She is the 19th executive to lead the company in more than 208 years of DuPont history.

Ellen became CEO on Jan.1, 2009, and chair of the board on Dec. 31 that year. She was president from Oct. 1 through Dec....

John Y. Televantos

Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners
John Y. Televantos is a Partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on the specialty industrial, healthcare and specialty financial service sectors.
Gala Dinner Chairs: 

Stephen F. Angel

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Praxair, Inc.
Steve Angel is chairman, president and CEO of Praxair, Inc., an $11 billion industrial gases company of 27,000 employees operating in over 50 countries. He became chairman in May 2007 and has been president and chief executive officer since January 2007.

Monty M. Alger

Director, Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Monty Alger is the Director of the Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prior to Penn State, he was vice president and chief technology officer with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. responsible for R&D.

He worked 23 years at General...

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr.

Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of DuPont, and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive. He has responsibility for Applied BioSciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Polymers, and Packaging & Industrial Polymers businesses...

Emil Jacobs

Vice President of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

In 1978, Emil joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company (ER&E) as a research engineer at their development laboratory in Baytown, Texas.  He held various technical positions in synthetic fuels and petroleum processing R&D. He also had assignments as site operations manager and leader...

Marvin O. Schlanger

Marvin O. Schlanger is Chairman of the Board and former CEO of CEVA Group, plc, a $9 Billion international logistics supplier and is a principal in the firm of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries.

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation
S. Shariq Yosufzai is Vice President for Global Diversity, Ombuds, and University Affairs of Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2013.