Academy of Chemical Engineers inducts eleven new members

Eleven chemical engineers were honored by the Academy of Chemical Engineers at Missouri University of Science and Technology. The induction ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18, on the S&T campus.The academy honors chemical engineers for contributions to their profession, leadership and involvement with Missouri S&T. The academy serves as an advisory group to the Missouri S&T chemical engineering department.

New members are listed below:

  • Richard N. Altice of Wildwood, Mo., president and general manager of technical specialities with Solutia Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986. Altice has also taken graduate courses in business at Wichita State University. He started his career with Vulcan Chemicals as a process and instrumentation engineer. He has been a marketing manager for Tower Tech Inc., owner of Altice Technical Sales and marketing manager for Midwest Towers Inc. In 2001, he went to work as regional sales manager for Strongwell, where he grew the cooling market sales from $11.5 million to $26 million. Since 2008, Altice has been with Solutia Inc. in St. Louis, where he was hired as a fluids specialist and progressed to president and general manager for technical specialities.
  • Sarah R. Bock of St. Louis, project manager of research and development with Covidien/Mallinckrodt, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. She also holds an MBA from Webster University. Bock began her career as a production supervisor for Lever Brothers Co., later becoming laboratory supervisor and then chemical hygiene officer. In 1991, she went to work for Mallinckrodt as principle process engineer. She also assisted implementing corporate projects in an FDA regulated facility, action as liaison between manufacturing and corporate engineering. In 1999, she was named HSE field engineer while functioning as a chemical hygiene officer and laboratory safety engineer. From 2003 to the present, Bock has been a project engineer for R&D at Covidien/Mallinckrodt.
  • Neil L. Book of Rolla, Mo., is an associate professor emeritus at Missouri S&T. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1972. He also holds master of science and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado. Book began his 35-year academic career as an assistant professor at Tulane University. He joined the S&T faculty in 1978 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. In 1982, he was promoted to associate professor and in 2011, he retired from active teaching. Book served as advisor to the student chapter of the American Society of Chemicsal Engineers (AlChE). He also advised the cooperative work program and the freshman program. He served on the Faculty Senate for 26 years. He was elected AlChE Fellow in 2004 and continues to serve on its foundation board of trustees.
  • John Max Brawley of Ellington, Mo., director of CC Energy, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1956. He started his career as a process engineer with Mobil Oil Co. and was eventually named refinery night superintendent. In 1966, he became a management consultant for Haldor Topsoe Chemical Engineers. Brawley held various positions with the company, ending as refinery manager for KNPC Refinery. In 1983 he worked for Independent Petroleum Group as a manager of projects in Kuwait. In 1986, he became a senior marketing executive for CCC Oil and Gas S.A.L., and in 1996 he was managing director of Consolidated Contractors International UK Ltd. and managing director of CCC Oil and Gas S.A.L. From 2006 to 2012, he was director of CC Energy in Houston, Texas. Brawley is a professional engineer in Illinois and holds the title professional engineer emeritus. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Jack Chosnek of Houston, Texas, founder of KnowledgeOne, earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1975. He also holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Chosnek joined Celanese Chemicals in its technical center and earned the title of head of chemical engineering research. Later, he became part of a team responsible for developing one of the first pilot plants for biotechnology at Celanese Chemicals’ San Francisco location. In 1991, Chosnek was relocated to the largest Celanese plant in Houston. In 2000, he left Celanese to become an independent consultant in process safety and knowledge management and founded KnowledgeOne. Chosnek is chair of the Process Plant Safety Symposium (PPSS) at the third Global Congress on Process Safety. He holds three patents for chemical production.
  • Dannie Clarida of Ponca City, Okla., owner of CorrMat International, earned a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1965 and 1966, respectively. He began his career with Conoco Inc. in Ponca, Okla. In 2002, Clarida left Conoco as principal consultant in corrosion after 33 years. In 2003, he became the owner of CorrMat International. Clarida is a 35-year member of NACE International and has received the group’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also served as chair of the petroleum refining industry technical committee and instructor for corrosion control in the refining industry course.
  • Jeffrey L. Costellia of Herndon, Va., partner and deputy chair of Nixon Peabody, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. He also holds a juris doctorate with honors from George Washington University. Costellia is deputy department chair for the Washington D.C. firm’s litigation department with particular emphasis on intellectual property-focused practice groups. He is chair of the firm’s Global Strategies Committee and is a member of the firm’s Partner Compensation Committee. His work involves both U.S. and overseas based companies to develop intellectual property protection strategies globally, involving all phases of patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement protection. Costellia’s international efforts with Nixon Peabody include regular visits to Europe and Asia, as well as in-house and public-speaking engagements.
  • Clyde Lorrain Cowan Jr., a former professor at the Catholic University of America, was inducted posthumously. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1940 and held master of science and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. A second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service during World War II he attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces and earned a Bronze Star. He joined the staff of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory after earning his Ph.D. In 1956, Cowan and his research partner, Frederick Reines, proved the existence of the neutrino. Their discovery of this subatomic particle earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1995. In 1957, Cowan began his teaching career as a professor of physics at George Washington University. The following year he joined the faculty at the Catholic University of America. He passed away in 1974.
  • Charles W. Lyon of Atlanta, business director of Americas and Asia for INEOS Capital Limited, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1984 and a master of science degree in engineering management in 1991, both from Missouri S&T. In 1984, Lyon started his career as a process engineer for Monsanto. Since then, he has held positions in engineering, operations management and business leadership for several global specialty chemical business units. In 2000, Lyon joined Solutia as a business manager for the Americas and Asia. In 2005, he joined INEOS Capital Limited.
  • John (Jack) E. Maurer of Chesterfield, Mo., retired general patent counsel for Monsanto Co., earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1951. He also holds a juris doctorate from Saint Louis University. After graduation, Maurer worked for several years as a chemical engineer, both in industry and in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.  After military service he returned to Monsanto. After admittance to the Bar of Missouri, he spent a significant part of his career as a patent lawyer with Monsanto and eventually became general patent counsel. After leaving Monsanto, he spent several years in the private practice of patent law. Throughout his career he was active in numerous professional organizations.
  • Joseph E. Schroeder of Union, Mo., senior vice president of engineering for Nooter Eriksen, earned bachelor of science and a master of science degrees in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He also holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Schroeder has been with Nooter Eriksen since his graduation from S&T, holding various job titles and responsibilities. He is now a part-time employee of Nooter Eriksen working on technical issues and the assessment and development of new products and business ventures. He also does consulting work for several research organizations. He chairs a committee responsible for testing heat recovery steam generators for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is on the board of directors of Heat Transfer Research Inc., and is on the ASME Industrial Advisory Board, and ASME’s Water Technology, Power Plant and Environmental Chemistry, and the Combined Cycle committees.


  1. Milton J Murry says:

    Any degree before 1964 was from Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. I was in that last years group to Graduate from MSM.