Alum David A. Rosenthal Named as AIChE President
David A. Rosenthal, M.S. ChE ‘80 and reliability delivery and assets management manager for Jacobs Engineering in Houston, Texas, will become president of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2012.
Rosenthal succeeds 2011 President Maria K. Burka, program director in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Joining him on the Board of Directors will be Phillip R. Westmoreland, who will serve as president-elect in 2012 and as president in 2013. Westmoreland is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at North Carolina State University and executive director of the University’s Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.
Rosenthal, an AIChE Fellow, has previously served as AIChE’s treasurer and as a member of the board of directors. Before joining Jacobs Engineering earlier this year, Rosenthal’s career in manufacturing competitiveness and asset reliability has included a variety of consulting and staff assignments, including 28 years with Rohm and Haas. He has been active in several AIChE local sections, chaired its Management Division, and served as chair of the 1996 Spring Meeting. Recently, he was instrumental in the formation of the Institute’s new Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance Forum. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. from The University of Texas at Austin.
AIChE, founded in 1908, is a professional association of 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society.