Dr. Cory Phillips
Dr. Cory Phillips, a Detroit native, graduated from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a BSE in Chemical Engineering, received a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering focused on the design of heterogeneous catalysts for the production of renewable fuels and oxygenates. He returned to back to UM for post-doctoral work with his long time mentor and friend Professor Levi Thompson discovering new hydrogen generation catalysts for micro-channel reactor applications. After his post-doc, Cory worked as a research engineer with Honda R&D on the development of fuel-cell powered vehicles. Cory recalls working many long hours at Honda where a number of key discoveries were made in the area of advanced materials and catalysis. Later, his career path took him to the ConocoPhillips’ Detroit office where he worked in the area of surface tribology/tribo-chemistry and coordinated the commercialization of several automotive gear and transmission fluids. In this role, he also developed a technical interest in the area of process quality control modeling via multivariate characterization methods, big data visualization and also became a member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). He eventually joined the R&D organization of Phillips 66 for several years working as a senior engineer in the Advanced Hydrocarbon Fuels group designing new fuels such as, renewable diesel, also as an engineering supervisor for the pilot-scale process design/development team and later as the team lead for the FCC Research group. Currently, Dr. Phillips works for Phillips 66 serving as the Laboratory Team Lead at the Bayway Refinery in Linden, NJ certifying clean fuel and polypropylene products, as well as, managing the near infra-red chemometric modeling program. He and his wife Erika, a Long Island, NY native, have been married for 23 years and have two children Taryn (20) and Cory Asher (17). They currently live in Roselle Park, NJ.