James G. Hansel, ScD

James Hansel

Title: Retired Engineer and Educator
Company:  Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

James G. Hansel, Retired Engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Engineering.

James G. Hansel, Retired Process Safety Engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Engineering.

Now retired, Dr. James Hansel spent over 45 years as an engineer and engineering educator, enjoying a highly distinguished and successful career. Most recently, Dr. Hansel served as senior engineering associate at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. from 1981 to 2007. Prior to this, he had been a manager of new catalyst evaluation at BASF Corporation, a research engineer at Exxon Research and Engineering, and a researcher at the Princeton University Guggenheim Laboratories. As an educator, Dr. Hansel has taught engineering courses as a visiting professor at The Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Dr. Hansel has been passionate about engineering since he was a child. He grew up during the Second World War, and his father was a high school automotive technology teacher. At that time, no new civilian vehicles were available, so his father spent a great deal of weekends volunteering time repairing vehicles, with his young son as his helper. In his youth, science was not taught in grade school, so his father brought him some high school science materials when he was in the 7th grade. Dr. Hansel then went on to attend Brooklyn Technical High School, an elite public school for engineering preparation.

In 1959, Dr. Hansel graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with High Honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Continuing his education at Stevens Institute, he then received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1960, and a Doctor of Science in 1964.

Dr. Hansel accomplished a great deal during his long career. He pioneered the application for the hydrogen industry safety practices to hydrogen powered vehicles; holds several patents for the applications of oxygen and oxygen safety; and was key in developing the three-way conversion exhaust catalyst and automotive engine control system that is used in over two billion automobiles worldwide. As a respected authority in safety engineering, he has contributed to numerous technical and professional publications, and contributed writings to works such as “Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology” and “Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia.”

In his retirement, he maintained an advisory capacity with Air Products and Chemicals until 2015, and most recently was appointed to the Patient Safety Council at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

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