Rive Technology CEO Lawrence Evans is awarded the 2011 Richard J. Bolte, Sr., Award for Supporting Industriess

2011 Winner: Lawrence B. Evans

Lawrence B. Evans, CEO of Rive Technology, received the 2011 Richard J. Bolte, Sr., Award for Supporting Industries on Heritage Day, April 7, 2011

Lawrence B. Evans founded Aspen Technology in 1981 and served as chairman and CEO until 2002. During that time the company grew from a start-up to the leading provider of software and solutions to the chemical-process manufacturing industries. From 1962 to 1990 Evans was also professor of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was well known for his work in computer-aided process design and process control.

In 1982 the Computing and Systems Technology Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers gave Evans its Computing in Chemical Engineering Award. In 1997 Ernst and Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year for high technology in the New England region. Fortune magazine called him one of seven U.S. Heroes of Manufacturing in 1999. That same year he received the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Alumni Society Merit Award from the Department of Chemical Engineering.

In 2001 Evans was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Chemical Engineering magazine chose him for the 2002 Award for Personal Achievement in Chemical Engineering. In 2003 he was elected to the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society, and he received the Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineering Construction Contracting Association. In 2007 Evans served as president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Evans holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

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