Academy of Chemical Engineers inducts three new members

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On April 26, 2010

Three 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 22, at the Havener Center.

The academy honors chemical engineers for contributions to the profession, leadership and involvement with Missouri S&T. The academy serves as an advisory group to the Missouri S&T chemical engineering department.

The following are new members:

— Christopher R. Isom of Bixby, Okla., recently accepted the position of vice president of thermal oxidizer systems for John Zink Co. LLC, based in Tulsa. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985, and an MBA from the University of West Florida. Isom began his career with Stone Container Co., where he oversaw adhesive formulations, production, quality control, suppliers and troubleshooting for 14 flexible packaging facilities. In 1989, he joined Koch Engineering in Wichita, Kan., where he progressed from sales engineer to vice president in its mixing and reaction technology division. Prior to his current position, he served as president of Sulzer Chemtech USA in Tulsa, Okla., for three years.

— A. Kent Peccola of St. Louis is the process engineering manager and lead architect for ConocoPhillips’ Wood River Refinery. He earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1982. He began his career with Shell Oil Co. as a unit process engineer when the company owned the Wood River Refinery. He later worked in business planning, technical management and operations management. Peccola transferred to Shell’s Deer Park Refinery in Houston in 1996 for a business management position and then to its Westhollow Technology Center in Houston for a corporate distillation specialist assignment. He returned to the Wood River Refinery as a refinery distillation specialist in 2000. When ConocoPhillips acquired the refinery, he became its process design director. In 2006, he accepted his current position to work on the multi-billion dollar expansion of the refinery, scheduled for completion in 2011.

— Edward P. Schneider Jr. of St. Louis founded Lark Engineering Corp in 1964 and served as its president until 2009. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T (then the Missouri School of Mines) in 1942, and a Ph.D. in jurisprudence from Saint Louis University in 1955. He began his career with Monsanto Co., where he worked on the Chemical Warfare Service. In 1946, he moved to the company’s foreign sales division in Springfield, Mass. In 2004, Schneider joined the Wagner Electric Corp. as plant manager for the Brake Fluid Plant.

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