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.
Now retired, Dr. James Hansel spent over 40 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 development 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 at Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Dr. Hansel has been interested in 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 time repairing older vehicles. Dr. Hansel spent weekends with his father, learning all about how automotives worked, and this sparked an interest that would guide him for the rest of his life. Back in those days, 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. Hansen then went on to attend Brooklyn Technical High School, an elite public school for engineering preparation.
In 1959, Dr. Hansel graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology with High Honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Continuing his education at the 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 career. He was the first person to apply hydrogen industry safety practices to hydrogen powered vehicles; holds several patents for the applications of oxygen; and developed a three-way conversion catalyst and automotive engine control system that is used in over two billion automobiles worldwide. As a respected authority in automotive 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.”
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