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Chemical Engineering Department selects recipient of Professional Award in Engineering

Chemical Engineering Department selects recipient of Professional Award in Engineering

Heather Hale

The Department of Chemical Engineering has selected Heather Hale to receive the 2012 Professional Award in Engineering. The award will be presented at the Homecoming Reunion Dinner October 19.

Heather Hale is Plant Manager of Zeon Chemicals L.P. KY Plant. Zeon Chemicals is the leading developer and supplier of innovative polymers, including synthetic elastomers and specialty chemicals with manufacturing locations in Louisville, Kentucky, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Bayport, Texas. The Kentucky Plant produces a variety of elastomers and polymers under the trade names Nipol®, HyTemp®, Zealloy® and DuoMod®. These high performance materials include solid and liquid nitrile elastomers, polyacrylate elastomers, nitrile/PVC polyblends and modifiers for thermoplastic and thermoset resins. These products are found in many automotive, aircraft/aerospace, marine, oil field, recreation/sporting goods and industrial applications.

Ms. Hale has over 17 years of manufacturing experience in the KY Plant. Her career began in the pilot plant laboratory in which she developed an understanding of the basic emulsion polymerization chemistry of the various KY Plant products. She quickly became integrated with manufacturing as she participated in the design and installation of several phases of distributed control systems in the plant’s recovery unit. Furthering her career with Zeon Chemicals, Ms. Hale also became an integral part of the process safety team and has held other positions within the KY Plant such as Technical Manager and Production Manager of the Dryer Unit prior to her recent promotion to Plant Manager in 2011.

She received a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering and a master of engineering degree in Chemical Engineering in 1994 and 1995, respectively. Ms. Hale is a 1989 graduate of the Christian Academy of Louisville. She is the proud parent of three blessings, Hunter, Emily and Haley Hale. Her spare time is consumed with meeting children’s schedules and their extra-curricular sports schedules. In addition she is an avid fan of Cardinal Basketball.

The Professional Award in Engineering is the Chemical Engineering Department's highest alumni award. It recognizes significant technical achievement over the course of a career and/or extraordinary service contributions to the engineering profession.

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