Title: Director of Systems Engineering
Company: Ergon Refining, Inc.
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Steven Phillip Elwart, Ph.D., Director of Systems Engineering at Ergon Refining, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in systems engineering.
Drawing upon more than four decades of professional experience, Dr. Elwart is a preeminent engineer who has presented more than 80 presentations across the United States to national laboratories, government agencies, universities and technical conferences. Currently serving as the director of systems engineering at Ergon Refining, Inc., since 1990, he previously held several positions within the realm of engineering throughout his career. Previously, he served Ergon Refining, Inc., as the manager of economics and planning from 1987 to 1990 and chief process engineer from 1985 to 1987. Prior to these appointments, he was a senior process engineer at Kerr McGee Refining Corporation, as well as a process engineering supervisor, senior process engineer and process control supervisor at Amerada Hess Corporation. He commenced his career as an environmental coordinator at Cities Service Company in 1975.
Dr. Elwart holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University and completed postgraduate coursework at the same university and at the University of Southern Mississippi soon thereafter. After gaining experience in the field, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from Louisiana Baptist University in 2010. He is a certified professional engineer in the states of Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Affiliated with the United States Jaycees and the Boy Scouts of America, Dr. Elwart has maintained involvement with the National Petroleum Refiners Association, the American Mensa Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, among others. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to his industry and community, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Petrochemical and Refining Association in 2009 and was named a Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America in 2007. Notably, he was the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. However, when asked of his career highlights, he says that the crowning moment of his career was when he installed the first open source manufacturing automation system in the world in 1987.
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