Year Inducted / Awarded: 2014
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
John Wyatt, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor for Carmagen Engineering with expertise in the areas of reactor engineering and exothermic reactor safety. Dr. Wyatt retired from ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) as Team Leader for the Photobioreactor Development team. During his 32-year career with EMRE, he was involved in many core refining processes such as hydroprocessing, thermal conversion and gas treatingâ€”along with cutting-edge technologies such as Fischer Tropsch gas-to-liquids and algae-based biofuels processing. Dr. Wyatt was the Commercial Technology Leader for fixed bed reactor technology and is co-inventor on seven reactor engineering patents. He was instrumental in the development of experimental capabilities and testing protocols to assess the exothermic potential of new catalysts and chemical processes. He also identified the lead cause of temperature non-uniformity in exothermic hydroprocessing reactors and led the implementation of a solution that improved safety and saved ExxonMobil millions of dollars. Dr. Wyatt received his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and was an adjunct professor at The Stevens Institute of Technology from 1996-2000.