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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: July 22nd 2009


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:: Alcoa’s Global Refining Research Group wins Worldwide Accolade

Alcoa’s Vince Dooley has won one of the world’s most prestigious engineering accolades for his refining research and development based at Kwinana in Western Australia.

Dooley, an Electrical Engineering Specialist, with Alcoa’s Technology Delivery Group, has received the ‘UOP Technology Award’ from the International Society of Automation based in the United States.

The annual award, now in its 26th year, recognises outstanding achievement in the conception, design, or implementation of instrumentation and/or process control.

Over a 29 year career at Alcoa, Dooley has invented and implemented a range of sophisticated on-line analytical instruments, which have become industry best practice in alumina refining. His inventions have seen productivity benefits in every Alcoa alumina refinery around the world, delivering multi-million dollar benefits to our bottom line.

Dr Ian Harrison, Director of Research and Development Global Refining, said Mr Dooley’s inventions had significantly contributed to Alcoa’s on-going sustainability and competitive edge. He says that Alcoa’s "… refineries simply cannot operate at their current productivity levels without Vince’s on-line instruments."




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