The NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis recognizes an individual who advanced catalytic chemistry or engineering by significant service to the catalysis community in addition to technical accomplishments.
Statesmanship, scholarship, and service to our community describe the career of Stu Soled. From the trenches of industry, he has led in matters of science, technology, and pedagogy, while mentoring students in industry and academia. His eloquent lectures provide a model of rigor in the practice of catalysis, but also show the growth of human talent is inseparable from research achievements. His broad technological impact (100+ patents) and conceptual contributions to the scholarly literature are outstanding.
His nurturing and guidance in the evolution of academic centers, projects, and staff illustrate how Stu works to advance research and teaching in academic institutions. His mentorship at ExxonMobil is legendary; it has served to bridge demographic gaps and changes in strategic directions and to maintain a culture of rigor. His contributions to preserve and disseminate the history of catalysis, painstakingly gathered by Burt Davis over decades required hundreds of hours of editing and converting videographic media into accessible forms. Nearly 2000 videos, covering more than 50 years of lectures and interviews, are now available at the “Video History of Catalysis” YouTube channel. This serves as a repository of our community’s storied history of scientific and technological achievements.
Stu Soled represents, in spirit and impact, the definition of service.