H. York, of Madison, N.J., is a chemical engineer, inventor
and entrepreneur. York worked his way through Purdue University,
earning a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1934. He worked
in the research laboratories of several large companies during
the early part of his career, and during World War II, became
involved in military research, inventing several technical
refinements that improved the safety and efficiency of fighter
In 1947, he founded the Otto H. York Company
to develop and market DEMISTER, a device made of knitted wire
mesh pads used in the chemical and petroleum industries to
improve the performance of process vessels. The pads remove
mist from any gas stream and are fitted into evaporators,
columns, towers, pressure vessels, scrubbers, and other devices.
The company was eventually sold to Foster Wheeler Corporation.
York also manages the York Foundation,
which provides money to charities, community organizations
and to environmental and chemical engineering research enterprises.
A long-time friend and benefactor to NJIT
York has provided a number of gifts to the university and
has served on the Trustee's Advisory Committee to the Department
of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Science.
In 1991, York pledged a gift of $1 million to be used for
facility improvement. In his honor, the university dedicated
the Otto H. York Center for Environmental Engineering and
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