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Honeywell UOP's CEO receives engineering achievement award

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DES PLAINES -- Honeywell UOP President and CEO Dr. Rajeev Gautam has received the 2012 Chemical Engineering Personal Achievement Award from Chemical Engineering magazine.

The annual award recognizes Gautam's record of notable achievements in the application of chemical engineering principles to solve major societal challenges.

"Rajeev is a champion of translating the creative and scientific processes involved with research and development into solutions that greatly benefit society," said Andreas Kramvis, president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "Whether it is meeting the need for more fuels or petrochemicals, or inventing cleaner, more sustainable technologies for a wide variety of applications, UOP, under Rajeev's leadership, has made remarkable technological advances and has revolutionized the modern refining and petrochemicals industries.

"This award is a well-deserved testament to Rajeev's outstanding leadership and hard work, and it is indicative of UOP's strong position of technology leadership," he added.

Since being named to UOP's top position in 2009, Gautam has led the introduction of several breakthrough technologies that help meet the world's growing demand for energy and petrochemicals. These breakthroughs include Methanol-to-Olefins process technology, which can convert non-crude oil sources such as coal or natural gas to building-block materials used for plastics production. UOP also developed the UniflexT process, which allows refiners to turn heavy, bottom-of-the-barrel crude into valuable products.

UOP recently acquired Thomas Russell Co., a leading provider of technology and equipment for natural gas processing and treating, broadening its offerings to help shale and conventional natural gas producers remove contaminants from natural gas and recover high-value natural gas liquids used for petrochemicals and fuel.

UOP's Renewable Energy and Chemicals business has pioneered technologies to make Honeywell Green DieselT and Honeywell Green Jet FuelT, which can be produced without compromising the food supply, as well as green transportation fuels from nonedible biomass.

Gautam began his career with Union Carbide in 1978, which became part of a joint venture with UOP in 1988. Before he was named president and CEO of UOP, Gautam served as vice president of research and development for UOP and vice president and chief technology officer for Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. During the last three decades, he has held several other key positions, spanning research and development, engineering and marketing.

Gautam earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University. He also earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and has served in key roles in program development in the Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE.

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