David Dankworth

Hertz Fellow: David Dankworth

Princeton University

Area of Study

Chemical Engineering

Fellowship Years

1987 - 1990

David Dankworth is a Distinguished Scientific Advisor at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research. His work is currently focused on strategies for long term development and deployment of natural gas conversion technologies. He is also a visiting research scholar and scientific portfolio advisor for ExxonMobil’s sponsored collaborative research programs at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

In his management career, Dankworth has led a range of global technology groups within ExxonMobil, including heat transfer, combustion, energy conservation, catalytic cracking, and hydroprocessing. He also has played roles in operations as technical manager of the Ingolstadt refinery in Germany, and managed regional engineering support for refining in both Europe and Canada. He was manager of the global Refining Process Engineering division from 2009-2013, which supported research, operations, project development and commercialization of process technology for ExxonMobil refineries and licensing customers worldwide. Most recently, he was head of strategy for EM Research and Engineering Company, working at the interface between technology development and business strategies.

Dankworth is a chemical engineer, with degrees from Rice University (B.S. 1986) University of Cambridge (CPGS 87, Churchill Scholar) and Princeton (Ph.D. 91, Hertz Fellow). He is the inventor on over 20 U.S. and international patents. His continuing interests are in the areas of chemical reactor engineering, process intensification, global energy supply, corporate and industry strategy, and technical organization effectiveness.


1991 - Macroscopic Structure of Time-Dependent Two-Phase Flow Regimes in Packed Beds