Chemical Processing Names Three Vaaler Award Winners in 2023

Oct. 6, 2023
The awards recognize products that promise to significantly improve the operations and economics of plants.
NASHVILLE, Oct. 6, 2023 — Chemical Processing, an Endeavor Business Media brand, is proud to unveil this year's Vaaler Awards winners.

Chemical Processing has bestowed Vaaler Awards biennially for more than 50 years. These awards recognize products that promise to significantly improve the operations and economics of plants. This year’s awards were open to entries that were commercialized in the United States between May 2021 and June 2023.

The awards are named after John C. Vaaler (1899–1963), chairman of Chemical Processing’s Editorial Board from 1961 until his death. He became the publication’s editor-in-chief in 1946, after 24 years in the chemical and related industries.

An impartial panel judged the entries. It consisted of the members of Chemical Processing’s Editorial Board — a group of technical professionals with diverse responsibilities and from a variety of industry sectors. The panel scored all entries on three criteria: technical significance; novelty or uniqueness; and breadth of applicability. The judges weren’t required to give any awards — but did choose to honor three products:

The December issue of Chemical Processing will feature an article highlighting the achievements of all three winners.

 The Judging Panel

Fred Gregory, process safety and risk manager, Lubrizol, Deer Park, Texas

Rachelle Howard, associate director of automation and controls, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston

Julie O’Brien, director of sustainability, Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Ellen Turner, director of strategic marketing and business development,  Andronaco Industries, Kentwood, Michigan

Dave Vickery, director of product management, Aspen Technology, Midland, Mich.

About the Author

Traci Purdum | Editor-in-Chief

Traci Purdum, an award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering manufacturing and management issues, is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent, Ohio, and an alumnus of the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.