School of Chemical Engineering Honors Six Outstanding Chemical Engineers
2015 OChE Award winners (from left): John Klier, Seung Bin Park, Vijay Swarup, Charles E. Smith, Julia Myers Ross and Norm Kidder with
Dr. Arvind Varma, Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of Chemical Engineering.
On September 24, 2015, the School of Chemical
Engineering presented Norm Kidder (BSChE ’73), John
Klier (MSChE ’86, PhD ’89), Seung Bin Park (PhD ’88),
Julia Myers Ross (BSChE ’90), Charles E. Smith (BSChE
’80) and Vijay Swarup (BSChE ’86) with the 2015
Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award.
NORM KIDDER (BSChE ’73) is President and Chief
Executive Officer of Lomar Corporation, a holding
company with high-technology manufacturing
subsidiaries in Beaverton, Oregon, and Mount
Prospect, Illinois. With annual sales revenues of $240
million and a team of 720 people, Lomar Corporation
is focused on electronic communications systems for
professional audio markets, elementary and secondary
schools, and acute-care hospitals. In addition to his
Purdue degree, Norm received an MS in management
from the Sloan School at MIT in 1975.
JOHN KLIER (MSChE ’86, PhD ’89) is the Head of
Chemical Engineering and Assistant Dean of Research
and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst. In addition to his Purdue degrees, John
earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT in
1984 and was elected to the National Academy of
Engineering in 2015.
SEUNG BIN PARK (PhD ’88) is Vice President for
Planning and Budget at the Korea Advanced Institute
of Science and Technology (KAIST). Previously, he
served as Dean of the College of Engineering for four
years, following a six-year appointment as Head of the
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.
He also previously served as Vice President of Academic
Affairs at the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers.
In addition to his Purdue degree, Seung Bin received
a BS in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National
University in 1977 and an MS from KAIST in 1979.
JULIA MYERS ROSS (BSChE ’90) is Dean of the
College of Engineering and Information Technology
and Constellation Professor of Chemical, Biochemical
and Environmental Engineering at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). After receiving
her Purdue degree, Julia earned a PhD in Chemical
Engineering from Rice University in 1995.
CHARLES E. SMITH (BSChE ’80) is President and
CEO of Countrymark Cooperative Holding Corp.
(CountryMark). Based in Indiana, CountryMark’s
operations encompass oil exploration and production,
refining, and distribution of refined products to its
branded retailers. In addition to his Purdue degree,
Charlie is a graduate of the Hoosier Fellows program
at Indiana University’s Tobias Center for Leadership
VIJAY SWARUP (BSChE ’86) is Vice President of
Research and Development for ExxonMobil Research
and Engineering Company, a position he has held since
November 2014. After graduating from Purdue, where
he obtained a BS in Chemistry as well as a BSChE, Vijay
earned his PhD from Rutgers University in 1990.