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Billy Bardin: 2023 AIChE President

Congratulations to Billy Bardin (B.S. ’95) as he begins his term as the 2023 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). With more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries, the AIChE is the premier technical society in the world for chemical engineers.

Billy B. Bardin is the Global Digitalization Director for Dow. He joined Union Carbide/Dow in 2000 and has held global leadership roles in research, development and manufacturing. He developed and commercialized technologies including catalytic processes for feedstocks/derivatives, processes for olefins production and digital manufacturing. Bardin created new approaches for promoting technical excellence and fostering career development.

Bardin served on AIChE’s Board of Directors (2017–2019) and chaired the Audit Committee. He has also served on the Career and Education Operating Council and the managing board of the Center for Chemical Process Safety. Billy is a trustee of the AIChE Foundation, a leader of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division, and a member of the South Texas and Eastern North Carolina sections. In addition, he is a leader in the Licensing and Professional Development Committee and the Disabilities Outreach and Inclusion Community. Bardin was the founding Chair of AIChE’s RAPID Manufacturing Institute and is a Fellow and Life Member of AIChE.

Bardin holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a Professional Engineer in West Virginia and serves on academic and industrial boards at Purdue, NC State, UVA, the MxD manufacturing institute, and the Journal of Advanced Manufacturing & Processing. He has been recognized numerous times, most recently as a Visionary Leader by the National Association of Manufacturers and by a 2022 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the CBE department.