1999 Distinguished Service Award: Jeffrey Siirola

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Jeffrey J. Siirola
Technology Fellow, Chemical Processing
Eastman Chemical Company
Kingsport, Tennessee
PhDChE ’70

Jeffrey J. Siirola may have contributed as much to his field through committees and advisory boards as he has through his position as a technology Fellow in the chemical process research laboratories of Eastman Chemical Company’s chemicals technology group, based in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Siirola joined Eastman Kodak Co. in 1966 as an undergraduate intern. In 1972 after serving in the Army, he began his career at Eastman Kodak and worked in many of its divisions. Some of his accomplishments include developing and applying process-synthesis methods and tools for inventing better industrial-chemical processes; designing, simulating, optimizing and economically evaluating computer-aided process designs; conserving and recovering resources, and assessing chemical technology.

He also has served on more than 35 university industrial-advisory, journal editorial-advisory, National Science Foundation and government boards and committees. He is a director and fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, where he has been particularly active in its computing and systems technology division. He also is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society for Chemical Engineering Education, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and is an industrial trustee and former president of the Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Education Corporation.

In addition to his technical career, Siirola is a member of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and helped initiate the city’s curbside recycling program and what is believed to be the oldest Christmas-tree recycling program in the nation. He has been director of the Bays Mountain Park Association, and for nearly 30 years has been involved in volunteer maintenance of the Appalachian Trail.

Siirola earned his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Utah and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married to Sharon (Atwood), a hand weaver who also attended graduate school at UW-Madison. They have a son, John, 22, a chemical engineering senior at Purdue University; and a daughter, Jennifer, 20, a sophomore at Notre Dame.