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Alfred M. Center

  • Alfred M. Center
  • Dept: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Title: Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the M.Eng. Program
  • Address: 252 Olin Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-3422
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Al Center is the first Professor of Practice in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is also an Executive Consultant with Pathfinder LLC in areas of project management

After graduation from Cornell Al worked principally in the downstream area of the hydrocarbons industry mostly with Caltex Petroleum Corporation in both overseas and domestic positions dealing with technology and technology management. He retired from Caltex at the end of 1998 after a number of years as the Manger of Engineering and Construction at Caltex

As a Professor of Practice academic duties include:
* teaching Senior and M.Eng level courses that transition the students from Engineering Science to Engineering Practice
* Sponsoring Masters of Engineering projects in the area of process development and process improvement

As Associate Director of the Masters of Engineering Program duties include:
* Admissions screening for new applicants
* Sponsorship of a number of Masters of Engineering Projects
* Interface with potential employers of M. Eng. graduates
* Career counseling

Teaching Interests

Engineering application courses including Plant Design, Process Control Strategies, Managing New Business Development, Hydrocarbon Resources, Turbo-machinery Sponsor of numerous Masters of Engineering projects in the area of process design

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Professional Engineer (State of New Jersey) 2015
  • Raymond G. Thorpe Lecturer (Cornell University, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) 2011
  • Erskine Fellow (University of Canterbury) 2011
  • Professor who most significantly contributed to college experience (Merrill Presidential Scholar) 2005


  • BS (Chemical Engineering), Cornell University, 1965
  • MEng (Chemical Engineering), Cornell University, 1966
  • Management Program for Executives (Business Adminstration), University of Pittsburgh, 1979