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Joseph W. Davison

Retired Senior Vice President of Phillips Petroleum Co.
1984 DESA Recipient
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  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1943

Davison was honored for developing innovative uses of petroleum resources and establishing methods and facilities for future research at Phillips Petroleum Co. He was author of 26 U.S. patents and numerous technical articles. He was president of the board of the Coordinating Research Council, vice chairman of the U.S. National Committee of the World Petroleum Congress and winner of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellow and Founders Award.

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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times