Roy H. Whipp to be recognized at Potomac State

Roy H. Whipp (Class of 1967), a native of Burlington, W.Va. who currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be honored at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 27, with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.

Roy H. Whipp
Roy H. Whipp

The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in front of Academy Hall. The Scholars’ Wall was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly activities of the College’s students, alumni and faculty.

Whipp has more than 30 years experience in direct reduction plants and the use of direct reduction products in steelmaking, which includes engineering, construction, operation, and project management of the direct reduction plants of FIOR, FINMET and MIDREX processes.

He is also experienced as a computer program developer for direct reduction and steelmaking processes and has consulted on HYL and Iron Carbide processes.

After graduating from Potomac State, Whipp received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from WVU, where he graduated with honors and received membership in Phi Lambda Upsilon, Omega Chi Epilson, and Tau Beta Phi Honor Societies.

Whipp began his career as an engineer in a process group where he later served as a group manager assisting with process design, hazards evaluation and trouble shooting for the EXXON Research and Engineering Company.

He then advanced to the positions of technical manager, plant manager, and technical advisor to the general manager at the FIOR de Venezuela plant in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

Whipp has authored, co-authored or led the production of more than 60 technical presentations, courses and magazine articles. He holds membership in the Association for Iron and Steel and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Whipp was also presented with the ‘Alumni Achievement Award’ at Potomac State in 2002.