Petroleum Technology in a Green Environment

Professor Jerry Maffia (USA), MBA, PhD has corporate and academic experience at ABB Lummus Co., Air Products & Chemicals Co., ARCO Chemical Co., and, most recently, Widener University. While (currently) Professor and Chairman of the Chemical Engineering department at Widener University, he has maintained an active consulting practice. As an R&D manager and researcher, he developed new manufacturing processes including biomolecule production/separation, and propylene production technologies.


Dr. Maffia was responsible for the design and start-up of major petrochemical plants throughout the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia. His client list includes: Petrosar, Sarnia, Ontario; PEMEX, La Cangreherra, Mexico; Gulf Oil, Cedar Bayou, Texas; CONOCO / Monsanto, Chocolate Bayou, Texas; ARCO Chemical, 11 propylene oxide plants around the world; VERAX, Inc., Lebanon, NH.

He also worked on EDC plants in Greece and other locations in the Middle East. Dr. Maffia was also part of the team that designed ethylene plants in Fife (UK), Saudi Arabia, Korea, Australia, Qatar, Abadan and Basra.

Dr. Jerry Maffia has more than 25 years of process simulation experience including Aspen, ProVision, Hysys, Fluent, and CFD2000. Dr. Maffia participated in, consulted on, and/or managed the design, development, and evaluation of new processes for the production of olefins from natural gas and from gas oil, dimerization of olefins, mtathesis of ethylene and butylene to propylene, production and use of epoxides, ethers, alcohols, and styrene, utilization of collagen for cell culture, bioseparations and environmental processes.

Dr. Maffia graduated from Manhattan College (New York) with his Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering. He also holds an MBA (Economics) from New York University, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Dartmouth College.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association of University Professors, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Delta (International Scholars), Materials Research Society, American Association of Engineering Educators, Delaware Valley Science Council, Junior Achievement of the Delaware Valley, Chemical Consultants Forum, and the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia.



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