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Conlan GrossmanConlan Grossman

Born and raised in Beaver, PA (Beaver County) – across the river from the Shell Ethane Cracker. He resides in Houston, PA (Washington County). Conlan is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering class of 2018. At WVU Conlan was a member of 4 campus organizations ( in between 2014-2018) and held leadership positions in 2 of those organizations (namely ASME, Club Basketball – VP and President, Club Boxing, Lambda Chi Alpha – Safety Chair). ​

Conlan works at ECI (Equipment and Controls Inc.) – an Emerson Impact Partner. He began his career as a control systems application engineer, and now he is an account manager (sales). Conlan specializes in industrial automation, control software, and engineering services. ECI has ~350 employees and covers PA, OH, WV, MD, and is over 60 years old Emerson is a global company with ~45,000 employees and is over 130 years old.

Earl Kieffer HessEarl Kieffer Hess

Global leader, Process Safety Center of Excellence/ CHEMTURA​

Mr. Kief Hess is an experienced Leader with progressive leadership in chemical manufacturing, including environmental, technical, engineering, and global business and process safety management. Demonstrated hands-on process safety, ability in team building, cost control, and international safety / environmental stewardship. An individual possessing a positive outlook, strong work ethic and unyielding integrity. Values include strong process safety knowledge for positive manufacturing safety, reliability and success.​

Vince StrickerVince Stricker​

Vince graduated from West Virginia University in 1981 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He had a 40-year career in the chemical industry with Union Carbide, Dow Chemical, and W.R. Grace. He holds several patents worldwide for 4 process inventions, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He was inducted into the WVU Academy of Chemical Engineers in 2016, and is the current President. Vince was a lead recruiter/liaison to WVU for over 20 years, responsible for recruiting and hiring over 75 engineering students. He was an active member of the Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Advisory Committee for 16 years.​

Vince is widely recognized for his work with the youth of West Virginia. As volunteer, lobbyist, and speaker, he is a leading juvenile diabetes advocate, having founded a statewide “Bag of Hope” program, and was on the Board of Directors of Diabetes Camp of WV. Vince was the head volleyball coach at Charleston Catholic High School for 10 years, winning back-to-back State Championships in 2009 and 2010, recording the 2nd and 3rd most season wins in WV history, garnering finalist honors for National Coach of the Year in 2010. He is passionate about golf, having played courses in 50 States and 19 countries.​