Chemical Engineer of the Year of the Delaware Valley

2016 – David Hagan, PE

David Hagan was born and raised in the Kensington and Juniata sections of Philadelphia.  He obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University (’02) and Widener University (’05). He holds a Professional Engineer’s license in Delaware and pending a license in New Jersey.

Dave first joined AIChE in 2004.  He served on the board of the Wilmington Section for several years and served as Vice-Chair from 2012 – 2014.  He was instrumental in the merging of the Wilmington Section with the Delaware Valley Section, where he currently serves on the board.

Dave has worked at KBR since 2008 and recently joined Chemours Project Earth as the KBR Associate Project Manager. His previous roles at KBR include Site Team Engineering Manager at Chemours (formerly DuPont) Chambers Works, where he managed over 30 technical professionals and designers for small capital project design, and Senior Technical Professional on larger capital projects.

Dave would like to deeply thank his family, friends, co-workers, and teachers for their support throughout the years. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his family. Outside of family and work, he enjoys being a Philadelphia Flyers and Eagles season ticket holder; however, some years are more enjoyable than others.

2015 – Dr. Kenneth Ford, PE

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Ken earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a M.S. of Chemical Engineering Practice from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University where his thesis focused on vibro-fluidization of granular material.

He has been a member of AIChE since 1993 and has served on the Delaware Valley Section Board since 2007 where he has held positions as Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair. In 2009 he was recognized with an “AIChE Shining Star Award” for his work on the DVS Board. He has also served on the NCEES Chemical Engineering PE Exam Committee since 2009.

Ken worked for over 16 years at Merck in vaccine/sterile liquids, solid dosage and packaging development focusing on products like INVANZ®, RotaTeq®, GARDASIL® and JUVISYNC™. Ken is currently Senior Director and Head of a Drug Product Development group at Shire Pharmaceuticals where his group is developing an ophthalmic product to treat dry eye disease


2014 – Charles Rudolph

Charles Rudolph has been Webmaster for Delaware Valley Section since 2002.  An AIChE member since 1957, he served as DVS Chairperson in 1986-87. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.  He spent his entire 44 year career at Rohm and Haas Company in process engineering, energy conservation, and process control and automation.  He was based at Corporate Engineering in Bristol, PA but relocated to Houston, TX five times and Venezuela once for projects. 

Charlie and his wife Carol live in Moorestown, NJ.  They have two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren.  Their 50th wedding anniversary was in October 2013.


2013 – Suzette Schultz

Suzette Schultz has been an AIChE member for 30 years. She has served as Secretary for 8 of those years and has also been Vice Chair and Chair of the DVS. She is currently a member of the DVS Board. 

Sue earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. She spent her career in the pharmaceutical industry, spending 10 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb and 21 years at AstraZeneca where she currently works. Sue has experience with process development, scale-up, validation and trouble-shooting. She has launched several products for AstraZeneca and is currently a Senior Project Manager, where she manages projects around the globe. 

Sue lives in Thornton, PA and has a grown daughter, Katherine, who is a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Vienna, Austria.