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AVN engineer Raymond Rooks honored with prestigious industry recognition: AIChE Fellow


SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV, Aug. 21, 2023 – AVN Corp. today announced the election of Raymond Rooks, principal engineer, as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The highest grade of membership, this honor represents Rooks’s firm dedication and years of distinctive professional achievements in the practice of chemical engineering.

This peer-nominated recognition inducts Rooks into the distinguished class of Fellows whose education and experience serve as an important resource for AIChE. The rank of Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and can only be achieved through election by the Board of Directors. This noteworthy honor signifies Rooks’ 20+ years of experience and professional achievements within the chemical industry.

“Raymond’s devotion to the field of chemical engineering is inspiring and his leadership has led to great advancements for both AVN and the industry alike,” said Steve Hedrick, AVN Corp. chairman, president and CEO. “I want to congratulate Raymond and the newly elected Fellows for this prestigious honor and their many contributions to the industry.”

Rooks has more than 20 years of experience in the chemical industry, holding positions of increasing responsibility at at SimSci (Simulation Sciences), Union Carbide/Dow, and Praxair/Linde. He has broad experience in process development, including process modeling, simulation, experimental design, and experimental/laboratory simulation, especially in process separations.

As a leader of AIChE’s Process Development Division, he has been a presenter and session chair at the Institute’s Spring and Annual meetings. Rooks holds a membership in AIChE’s Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council (CTOC) and is also a member on the editorial board for Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. Additionally, he serves on the RAPID Manufacturing Institute’s Education Workforce Development Committee and is active in the Separations Division.

Rooks received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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