Title: Chemical Engineer, Engineering Executive
Location: Placitas, New Mexico, United States
Dr. George Hidy, Chemical Engineer and Engineering Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Hidy became involved in his profession because his father, John William, was an electrical engineer and introduced him to the field. He urged him to go into engineering and suggested it was a growing field that he should look at. After earning an AB from Columbia University in 1956, he continued at the institution to receive a Bachelor of Science in 1957. He continued expanding his knowledge and building the foundations of his skillset at Princeton University, receiving an MSE in 1958. Following that, Dr. Hidy earned a Doctorate in engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1962. Early in his career, he landed the Assistant Director of Chemistry and Microphysics at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado. He proceed in his career to join the Rockwell International Space Center, first as a Group Leader in chemical physics in 1969, and later as an Associate Director. Following this, Dr. Hidy directed his talents to the position of General Manager of Environmental Research & Technology. From 1976 to 1984, he continued working there as the Vice President.
After that position, Dr. Hidy took on more executive-level positions, proceeding to serve as the President of the Desert Research Institute from 1984 to 1987. He then became the Vice President for the Environment Division of the Electric Power Research Institute from 1987 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he was the Associate Director at the College of Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research at the University of California, Riverside. His work in academia continued as an Alabama Industrial Professor in environmental engineering at the University of Alabama from 1996 to 1999 and then as the Interim Director for the New Mexico State University Carlsbad Center for Environmental Monitoring/Research. Dr. Hidy also served as the Principal of Envair/Aerochem Associates. In 1999, he formally retired. The highlight of Dr. Hidy’s career was becoming an Eagle Scout. Another shining moment was the time he spent serving as the President of the Desert Research Institute. Furthermore, he has been recognized with the Sinclair Award from the American Association Aerosol Research in 2009, the Chambers Award from the Air and Waste Management Association in 2007, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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