The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE, recognized Douglas White, Ph.D., a principal consultant for Emerson Process Management’s PlantWeb® Solutions Group, at its annual spring meeting now under way in Tampa, Fla. Dr. White will receive the AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division (FPD) Award, one of two FPD annual awards, for his outstanding technological contributions to the advancement of these industries.

Dr. White has spent his career working on advanced control and online optimization for the chemical and refining industries. As these industries have grown, he’s helped prove early applications in these technologies would work and be economically beneficial. His work at Emerson has included advanced control and optimization for refinery crude, naphtha reforming and fluid catalytic cracking units and olefin plants.