Christopher Powers, who earned his a B.S. in chemical engineering in 2002, is among the eight alumni of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University honored for their “accomplishments and incredible impact,” in the words of Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.
“We are here tonight to honor women and men who, after leaving Rice, have taken their intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thinking and made significant contributions to the profession and society at large,” DesRoches told the 120 guests who attended the dinner and awards induction ceremony held April 27 in the Houston Club. The event was sponsored by the School of Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni Board.
Powers was one of two graduates to receive an Outstanding Young Alumni Award in recognition of the achievements of engineering alumni who are younger than 40. After graduation, he went to work as a process engineer in Chevron’s Energy Research and Technology Company in Houston. He now serves as manager for maintenance and reliability at the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula, Miss.