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Tom Chunghu Tsai, American Chemical engineer. Board of directors H.S. for Performing and Visual Arts PTO, Houston, 1993-1995. Second lieutenant Republic of China Army, 1970-1971. Member American Institute Chemical Engineers, Association American Chinese Professionals (division chairman 1988-1989).


Tsai, Tom Chunghu was born on October 24, 1948 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Arrived in the United States, 1971, naturalized, 1984. Son of Shu and Kwei (Kao) Tsai.


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 1970. Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 1975.


Senior process engineer, Civil Engineering-Lummus Company, Bloomfield, New Jersey, 1975-1980;senior engineer, Bechtel Petroleum Inc., Houston, 1980-1983; construction engineering, Telephone & Data Systems Associations, Houston, 1983-1988;process engineering associate, Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas, since 1988. Member international advisory board Encyclopedia Chemical Processing and Design, since 1995.


  • Achievements include patents for liquid removal from natural gas and process for recovery of anhydrous hydrogen chloride from mixtures with non-condensable gases. Research in flare system design by microcomputer, yield correlations for AGO cracking, sizing a vertical separator by microcomputer, surface reactions in pyrolysis units, technical improvement in heater design for olefins production, hydrodechlorination of chlorinated hydrocarbons, liquid removal of fuel gas, inspired polycarbonate polymers and monomers, gasoline additives and amines specialty chemicals by reductive amination, and propylene oxide/styreneprocess development.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author, contributor: Ethylene-Keystone to the Petrochemical Industry, 1980, Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 1980, Pyrolysis: Theory and Industrial Practice, 1983, Refining & Petrochemical Technology Yearbook, 1987, Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design, 1990, 94-96, 2005, 06, Unit Operations Handbook, 1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors High School for Performing and Visual Arts PTO, Houston, 1993-1995. Second lieutenant Republic of China Army, 1970-1971. Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Association Chinese Organizations (Houston) (president 2003), Association Chinese American Professionals (division chairman 1988-1989, vice president 2000-2001, president-elect 2001-2002, president 2002-2003), Taiwan Chorus of Houston 2005-2006.


Married Joyce Chionhwa Pai, December 17, 1974. Children: Wayne, Jimmy Payne.

Shu Tsai

Kwei (Kao) Tsai

Joyce Chionhwa Pai

Wayne Tsai

Jimmy Payne Tsai