Joe McLean, Vice President in Catalyst Consulting for the Houston-based Astron International, Inc., has joined the RefComm® team. Joe will be assisting with the FCC Process Fundamentals & Recent Developments training course this year at RefComm® Galveston, as well as providing general assistance throughout the conference in the FCC track.
Joe has more than 40 years of refining experience, including twenty seven years in the fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) while working for BASF. Joe joined BASF (formerly Engelhard) in 1987, holding positions in R&D, sales, technical service, marketing, and business development. His final position was as Global Technology Manager for Refining Catalysts, where he worked with refiners worldwide to implement BASF’s catalyst technologies.
Prior to joining BASF, Joe held positions in process development, engineering, and program management with ARCO, Research-Cottrell, and Hydrocarbon Research, Inc.
He holds a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds six U.S. patents and has authored or presented more than 100 papers and conference publications in the areas of refining and synthetic fuels. He received a Lifetime Service Award from AFPM in 2012 in recognition of his contributions to the refining industry.
Joe will fully take the FCC reins beginning with RefComm Rotterdam and we are very excited to have him on board!
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