Barbara Haviland Minor
Class of 1981
2017 Award Recipient
Congratulations, Barbara Haviland Minor.
Minor attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1981, graduating with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering degree. After graduating from Bucknell, Minor joined the DuPont company in 1981 and worked there for 34 years. In 2015 she joined Chemours, a new company spin-off from DuPont, and she currently serves as a Chemours Fellow.
Minor has spent her most of her career developing non-ozone-depleting and low-global-warming refrigerants for air conditioning and refrigeration applications. She has developed several new refrigerants to help meet phase-out requirements for ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons, and high-global-warming hydrofluorocarbons. In 2010, she received a DuPont Sustainable Growth Award for development of a low global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluoroolefin refrigerant named HFO-1234yf for automotive air conditioning. Because HFO-1234yf contains an unsaturated double bond, its GWP is more than 99 percent lower than the most common refrigerant used in vehicles today. It has been adopted by all major auto companies and is used globally in more than 20 million vehicles.
Minor has also developed other new refrigerants, which have been installed in thousands of residential air conditioning and supermarket refrigeration systems around the world. She holds more than 150 patents for refrigerants, cleaning agents and aerosol propellants and has many publications in the field. She has travelled globally for many years speaking at conferences and seminars on alternative refrigerants to address ozone and climate change issues.
In 2014, Minor was one of the first women named a DuPont Fellow, which is the highest technical recognition in DuPont, in the company's more-than-200-year history. She is now one of only two Chemours Fellows in the Chemours Company.
Minor is very active in refrigeration and air conditioning industry organizations. She is currently chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Institute (AHRTI) Steering Committee and chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Research and Technology Committee. These committees conduct refrigeration and air conditioning research for the benefit of the industry. She is also an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). She currently serves on two standing committees for ASHRAE, the Refrigeration Committee and Technical Activities Committee, and was the former chair of the society's Refrigerants and Secondary Coolants Committee.
Minor received a Distinguished Service Award from ASHRAE in 2016 for her contributions to the organization. She appeared on the cover of Woman Engineer magazine as a featured DuPont scientist in 2003. Minor, who has worked at the highest level of STEM-centered careers, provides an inspiring example to today's young women entering the STEM fields.
Minor's accomplishments, service and dedication to her profession and to society have earned her the respect and gratitude of Bucknell University's engineering alumni. It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on Nov. 4, 2017, the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to Barbara Haviland Minor '81 the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.