James Braden McNeely

Title: Chemical Engineer
Company: Compact Membrane Systems Inc.
Location: Newark, Delaware, United States

James Braden McNeely, Chemical Engineer at Compact Membrane Systems Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of chemical engineering.

Recognized for more than six decades of invaluable contributions to his chosen profession, Mr. McNeely has distinguished himself as a part-time chemical engineer and technical writer on behalf of Compact Membrane Systems Inc. (CMS) since 2006. Established in 1993, CMS is an industrial equipment supplier in Newport, Delaware, that specializes in thin, uniform membrane materials for use in capital-intensive operations. Prior to his work with CMS, Mr. McNeely found success in various capacities with AstroPower Inc. between 1983 and 2003, whereupon he entered his semi-retirement. Previously, he worked as a material specialist for the Monsanto Company, where he began in 1959.

Known for his contributions as a civic-minded citizen, Mr. McNeely has donated much of his time and effort to the Torch Foundation, which seeks to support teenagers through the provision of workshops on building self-awareness, leadership and emotional intelligence, and the Presbyterian Church. Professionally, he has been active with several industry-related organizations, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Likewise, Mr. McNeely served as the president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Association for Crystal Growth from 1977 until 1979.

Mr. McNeely initially became involved in his profession due to his longstanding interest in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Long motivated to leverage these abilities in a practical fashion, he chose engineering over the prospect of becoming a research scientist. In a career suffused with highlights, Mr. McNeely is most proud to have developed and commercialized the gallium arsenide technology while working with Monsanto.

Mr. McNeely’s exemplary performance in the field was born of his academic journey, which began at Purdue University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts. Following this accomplishment, he went on to obtain a Master of Arts in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957. He concluded his academic efforts at Washington University, where he attained a Master of Arts in chemistry in 1968. In accounting for his subsequent success, he credits his propensity for being in the right place at the right time. Looking toward the future, Mr. McNeely hopes to continue reaping the fruits of his success.

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