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Gavin P. Towler is vice president and chief technology officer of both Honeywell Performance Materials & Technologies (PMT) and Honeywell UOP. Honeywell PMT is a global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials, process technologies, and materials for petroleum refining, petrochemical production, and natural gas processing as well as products, services, and solutions for industrial process automation. Dr. Towler has 30 years of experience of process and product design in the chemicals and fuels industries. He holds 77 US patents and is coauthor of Chemical Engineering Design, a textbook on process design. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and the National University of Singapore, where he helps teach the senior design classes. He is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and AIChE. He was elected to the NAE in 2015 for process designs for commercial petrochemicals and for leadership in refining and chemical research. He received a BA and MEng in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and a PhD from UC Berkeley.