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CDP Class of 1987 – 1988
University of California at Berkley
PhD Chemical Engineering

Rich Don’t panic! Operating hand tools is not a normal part of a research engineer’s daily routine. This photo of me was taken during a Day of Caring event: part of Air Products corporate citizenship commitment. Employees contribute their time and skills to help community organizations succeed.

My second CDP assignment involved a study to prove the commercial feasibility of producing methanol from coal-derived synthesis gas. It was such interesting work that I chose to remain on as a permanent employee.

I sometimes wish I had done a third rotation, just to get a broader view of the company. But I think the Program achieved its mission. I found something I liked to do.

I’ve I’ve spent most of my career finding ways to improve processes to either increase productivity or improve product yield quality. After more than 20 years, I still enjoy the work and can’t see myself wanting to do anything else.

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