SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 13, 2021 – Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, Inc. (MATRIC) today announced that Dr. John “Jack” Dever, chief technology officer and executive vice president, has been inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers at West Virginia University. This honor recognizes Dr. Dever’s distinguished professional achievements in the practice of chemical engineering. 

The Academy of Chemical Engineers recognizes those graduates of the Department and others who bring honor to chemical engineering as practitioners and as citizens. 

“Jack’s exceptional professional achievements and contributions continue to advance the practice of chemical engineering,” said Steve Hedrick, chairman and CEO, MATRIC. “Congratulations to Jack and the newly elected Members of the Academy of Chemical Engineers on this prestigious honor.” 

Dr. Dever brings more than 30 years of experience in technical and organizational leadership to this role. Among his contributions to the field, Dr. Dever was involved in many aspects of ethylene oxide/glycol technology, including catalyst development, operations support and new process development. He led the research and development (R&D) team developing breakthrough ethylene oxide technology and became the production manager of the first implementation of the new technology. He also holds three patents from his work in ethylene oxide and acrylic acid/acrolein and has presented several papers on technology transfer and commercialization. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Jack to the Academy of Chemical Engineers at West Virginia University,” said Academy President James Bero. “This award is based on Jack’s esteemed career and his many accomplishments in the chemical engineering profession.” 

Dr. Dever was recently honored as an AIChE Fellow, another esteemed honor in the field of chemical engineering.  

As CTO at MATRIC, he is accountable for strategic planning, new business development, research strategy, intellectual property techno-economic-chemical-design-technology-improvement, customer partnerships and technical staff development. Previously, he held roles of increasing responsibilities at Dow Chemical and Union Carbide Corporation.  

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in 1979 followed by a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 1981 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  

 Dr. Dever and the newly elected Academy inductees were recognized for this significant achievement at the Annual Meeting of the Academy at West Virginia University on Friday, April 9.    


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