Title: Chemical Engineer
Company: Princeton Advanced Technology, Inc.
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Harold Huckins, Chemical Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemical engineering.
Mr. Huckins was the founder, president and international consultant of Princeton Advanced Technology, where he led the firm in providing chemical processing, economic analysis, materials, and environmental and multi-client reports. He started the firm in 1985 and remained in these roles until his retirement in 2017. His prior experience in the field includes being the initiative chair for the world’s first advanced materials conference with 29 technology societies and the chair of the world’s first electrical car conference with Princeton University. Furthermore, Mr. Huckins garnered experience as the technology director of Oxirane Chemical Company, the manager of the Science Design Co., Inc., a senior process engineer at Koppers Co. Chemical Division. His work, especially with the Science Design Company, focused on developing, designing and bringing into operation some of the world’s most significant chemicals, including terephthalic acid (plastics), ethylene oxide (fibers and anti-freeze agents), propylene oxide (foams, plastics and adhesives) and tertiary alcohol (gasoline additives). Earlier in his career, he was a chemical process engineer and assistant project manager at Monsanto Chemical Co.
Mr. Huckins showed an early interest in the field of engineering, first earning a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Northeastern University in 1945. In 1957, he received an associate degree in mechanical engineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from the Lowell Institute. He followed this with coursework in business administration from Boston University, and then a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952. Throughout his career, Mr. Huckins served in various leadership roles, including with the Association of Consultant Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the Joint Engineering Council of the John Fritz Engineering Entrepreneur Medal Award Commission. He has also been a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He became a member of the American Chemical Society in 1947 and is a former member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (now NACE International).
A leader in the field, Mr. Huckins has obtained 14 US patents for chemical process technology, four of which are for a proprietary hydrogen peroxide process. He has also been an energy consultant based on his depth of expertise. In 1994, he received the NASTAR SKI Racking Award and the Chemical Engineering Practice Award. Furthermore, he is the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Highest Industrial Award, an honor bestowed to him in 1979. While retired, Mr. Huckins has remained active in the community by speaking to local groups, members of Congress, and media about global energy trends and environmental issues. In 1966, he co-authored “The Chemical Plant,” is also credited with numerous contributions to technical and business articles and reports, particularly on saving the environment, energy and pollution control. Outside of his work, he enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golfing, gardening, traveling and photography.
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