Shell technology integration manager receives early career award for alumni


By Sarah Small

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State alumnus Adam Mayernick is the recipient of the Department of Chemical Engineering’s 2021 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award. The award is given by the chemical engineering department to “an outstanding Penn State chemical engineering graduate who received his or her degree within the past [10] years,” according to the website.

Mayernick received his doctorate in chemical engineering from Penn State in 2011. During his graduate studies, he conducted research on hydrocarbon combustion catalysts with Michael Janik, associate department head and professor of chemical engineering. After graduation, Mayernick joined Shell Oil Company in their lubricant research and development division. Initially working in basic research, Mayernick then progressed through several positions in the division, leading Shell’s research into gas-to-liquids technology for lubricants and managing several laboratories. Currently, Mayernick serves as the technology integration manager, where he is responsible for integrating a recently acquired laboratory outside of Tokyo into Shell.

Since graduation, Mayernick has maintained his connection to Penn State by actively participating in the recruitment of chemical engineering graduates and hosting interviewees, interns, professors, deans and others in visits to Shell.

“Adam was chosen in a very challenging year!” said Darrell Velegol, distinguished professor of chemical engineering and selection committee member. “We had many strong nominations, and we chose Adam because of his extensive international experience on a big stage with Shell. He has [had success] in Japan and elsewhere [in situations that] that his nominators thought were very difficult, and he did a great job.”


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Adam Mayernick, Shell technology integration manager and 2011 Penn State doctoral graduate in chemical engineering. CREDIT: Provided by Adam Mayernick.