Honeywell Executive Norm Gilsdorf gets award from Purdue

  • September 27, 2011
  • Honeywell Process Solutions
  • News

September 27, 2011 - Honeywell Executive Norm Gilsdorf is being recognized at this year’s centennial celebration of Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering. Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), already awarded the title of Distinguished Engineer Alumnus from the College of Engineering in 2010, has been honored with an Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award, and is a featured speaker in the school’s Centennial Seminar series. His presentation, titled “Have Chemical Engineering Degree – Will Travel,” will highlight the often-overlooked career benefits of pursuing chemical engineering degrees and the important role engineers can have in advancing technology that will be energy efficient, safe and sustainable. “My chemical engineering degree sent me to places around the globe, gave me the opportunity to learn new languages and helped me understand different cultures while interacting with business and government leaders in more than 70 countries,” Gilsdorf said. “After 30 years in business, what excites me every day is the thought that not only can I make a real difference around me, but I can do so on every continent. I’m a strong believer in the positive impact technology can have on our future and I want students to know that engineering is a path of innovation and one of the ways we can make a real difference to how we use our energy sources.” In addition to being named a top alumnus, Gilsdorf is also being inducted into the College of Engineering Cooperative Education Hall of Fame. He credits the cooperative education program for launching his engineering career and giving him real world experience while still in school. After he graduated from Purdue in 1977 and working as a chemical engineer for many years, Gilsdorf leveraged his technical knowledge to lead sales and business development efforts for UOP LLC, the world leader in process technology for the refining, gas process and petrochemical industries. Honeywell eventually acquired UOP, and Gilsdorf rose through the ranks to become vice president and general manager for HPS’ business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based in the United Kingdom. He became HPS president in 2009. “Every student wants inspiration, and there’s no better way to provide that than by showing them they’re working for a lot more than just a chemical engineering degree,” said Dr. Arvind Varma, Head of Purdue’s School of Chemical Engineering. “They’re working for a career opportunity that can put them in a position to make the world a better place, and also to see that world in ways they never have before. Norm has first-hand experience with this, and is one of the best people to deliver this message.” Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.  

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