BSE ChE '79
After-Services Group Manager
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Scott C. Siegmund (BSE ’79), the oldest of four brothers, grew up just outside of New York City, in Parsippany, New Jersey. When it came time to choose a college, he initially visited a number of schools in the Northeast. At the suggestion of his father, also a chemical engineer, he applied to the University of Michigan. Ten minutes into his visit to Ann Arbor, he was feeling comfortable and knew Michigan was where he wanted to go to school. After he met with some engineering professors, he was further impressed when he learned of the variety of the educational experiences available for students and of the University’s long tradition of academic excellence.
His time at Michigan helped set his course for life. Between his chemical engineering studies and playing goal for the lacrosse team, he managed to secure a position in Dr. Fogler’s lab in East Engineering. There, he assisted in studies that he now realizes were cutting edge research in the properties of oil and gas, and methods to enhance their recovery. Studying under many of the current professors emeriti, including Carhahan, Curl, Kadlec, and Wilkes, he developed a never-ending fascination with engineering.
After graduation, he took a job with Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APCI), where he began an exciting and diverse career. Siegmund started out working in the operations and development areas. There he spent time in the APCI operations plant optimizing their performance. He also worked in customer facilities where he oversaw the application of oxygen to FCC’s and Claus units.
In the middle of his tenure at APCI, he was presented with a unique opportunity to join the equipment sales team. Scott’s territory was primarily off shore and through his travels he was able to explore many corners of the world. He spent time in countries as diverse as Chile, China (50 trips and counting), Zambia, and Slovenia, to name just a few of the over 40 countries he’s done business in. As Scott tells the school groups during his Liquid Nitrogen presentations, his Michigan Chemical Engineering degree is his passport to visit and make friends all over the world.
Today Scott manages the company’s after-services group. In that job he has offices in America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, in addition to customers on all continents except Antarctica. Recently he celebrated 35 years at APCI.
Scott is married with two children. His wife, Carol, is a professor of nursing at a local college, his daughter is an artist in residence for Disney, and his son designs helicopters for Boeing. Scott is an avid bicyclist, recently completing a Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. trail ride, and coaches the lacrosse team at a local junior college. He received an MBA from Lehigh University in 1986 and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.
Scott is the lead recruiter for Air Products to the Michigan. Through this assignment he has had the unique opportunity to be the guest lecturer for the process economics class and has had the chance to interact with Michigan chemical engineering students through numerous presentations to various organizations, and corporate information sessions. Scott looks forward to joining the ChE Alumni Advisory Board this fall and the prospect of working with faculty and alumni.