Vora inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

April 24, 2018 - By Kim Delker


Bipin Vora, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from UNM in 1966 and 1967, respectively, has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

He will be officially inducted at its annual ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September.

After graduating from UNM, Vora went on to have a successful career in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industry, rising to a grade of UOP Corporate Fellow, the highest technical ladder position at UOP, a Honeywell company.

Vora retired from Honeywell UOP in 2006 and remained an advisor to the business until 2015. During his 40-year career at Honeywell UOP, Vora led the development and commercialization of several technologies that improved process economics, lowered energy requirements and benefitted the environment.

Vora’s election to the Academy recognizes his development of catalytic process innovations that led to the commercialization of numerous breakthrough petrochemicals technologies.

He played a key role in the development of the detergent alkylation process, which makes raw material for household biodegradable laundry and dishwashing detergents. He has been also credited with development of propane dehydrogenation for propylene production and conversion of methanol to ethylene and propylene, which are raw material for production of polymers and plastics.

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