Alum Jimmy Humphrey Receives AIChE Separations Division Service Award

Headshot of Jimmy L. Humphrey, Ph.D. ChE '67 Jimmy L. Humphrey, Ph.D. ChE ‘67, recently received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Service Award.  Humphrey and Dr. C. Judson King received the award for founding the highly successful AIChE Separations Division in 1990.

“The early support from a large number of prospective division members made establishment of the division an easy endeavor but one that resulted in significant benefits for its members and others,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey is a technology consultant and advisor to industry and government, based in Austin, Texas.  He has owned his own consulting company, J. L. Humphrey & Associates, since 1986. His expertise includes separation processes, smart manufacturing, chemical industry and petroleum refining processes, and biomass/coal conversion to fuels and chemicals.

He has authored or co-authored 70 papers and two books. His book, “Separation Process Technology,” is used as a reference for engineers and scientists worldwide. He held the positions of production manager and energy manager at Eastman Chemical and research manager at Argonne National Lab before joining UT Austin in 1982 to work with Dr. James R. Fair to develop the university’s Separations Research Program (SRP) at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.

Humphrey was associate head of the SRP, where he supported the operation, and conducted separations research. Humphrey also taught separations courses as an adjunct professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering.   By 1984 the SRP had 42 industrial sponsors. The SRP continues today under the leadership of Dr. A. Frank Seibert. Humphrey is an active triathlete and avid cyclist.

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