Risdon W. “Hank” Hankinson, PhD

Risdon Hankinson

Title: Chemical Engineer (Retired)
Company: Phillips Petroleum Company
Location: Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States 

Risdon Hankinson, Retired Chemical Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemical engineering.

An extraordinarily talented professional, Dr. Hankinson has made invaluable contributions to the field of chemical engineering. He first became interested in engineering while he was in a junior in high school and wrote a paper on plastic production. Impressed with the information he learned DuPont during the writing process, he wrote to the corporation to learn more about engineering. Dr. Hankinson had been inspired by the engineering and matriculated at the University of Missouri, Rolla, now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

There, a young Dr. Hankinson learned from his friend and mentor Dr. Dudley Thompson and ultimately earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in chemical engineering before obtaining a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Statistics from Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Two decades after graduating from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, his alma mater presented Dr. Hankinson with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in chemical engineering.

Dr. Hankinson has held many esteemed positions throughout the course of his lengthy career. He valiantly served the nation as a U.S. Army Captain, a 1st Lieutenant for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, an active duty 2nd lieutenant and a commissioned reserve officer. After working as an instructor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, he took his talents to Phillips Petroleum Company, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. Positions Dr. Hankinson has held with the organization include, but certainly are not limited to, engineer, thermodynamics consultant, principal process engineer, and manager of numerous projects and divisions within the company.

Achieving an unparalleled amount of success in his career, Dr. Hankinson remains especially proud of developing and implementing the equations used for the worldwide measurement standards of petroleum fluids. Additionally, he developed the invaluable COSTALD equation for computing liquid densities of petroleum fluids and the the mathematical model that allowed the simultaneous transmission of liquids and vapors from the wells in the Norwegian North Sea to Norway. After Dr. Hankinson ceased his chemical engineer work, he managed the commercial systems of the Phillips 66 National Gas Company. Under his leadership, the group replaced monitoring charts in gas fields that had to be retrieved every 10 days with electronic monitoring devices. This ingenious change resulted in accident costs totaling less than $1,000 instead of the previous $200,000 a year accident cost.

Never one to limit himself, Dr. Hankinson has pursued other interests both related to and separate from his main career. He has penned several award-winning short stories, contributed articles to professional journals, founded Basic Resources Services, and taught mathematics and science as an adjunct professor. Presently, he serves as an instructor for adult religious education with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is both a Eucharistic minister and a lector within the Roman Catholic Church. Dr. Hankinson has held memberships with organizations such as the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Petroleum Institute.

In recognition of his success, Dr. Hankinson has been lauded with awards including the Hanlon Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Gap Processing Industry from the Gas Processors Association, the title of Outstanding Engineer in Oklahoma in 1984, and the U.S. Army Chemical School Excellence Award. Dr. Hankinson has been presented with the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

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