Dr. Joseph Urenovitch ’55

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Wall of Fame Class of 2013

Dr. Joseph Urenovitch ’55 has attained significant accomplishments in the field of industrial chemistry throughout his career. He worked as vice president of research, development and licensing at Atlas Powder Company, where he directed the development, commercialization and licensing of bulk and packaged emulsion explosives, the first commercialization of emulsion explosives in the world. These products advanced and revolutionized the commercial explosives industry. The president and CEO of Atlas cited Dr. Urenovitch’s leadership and efforts as a primary reason that Atlas became the largest and most profitable explosives company in the United States. He retired from a position as the worldwide vice president of technology at ICI Explosives, at the time the largest explosives company in the world, managing six laboratories worldwide. Dr. Urenovitch began his career at Air Products and Chemicals in Hometown, where he progressed from scientist to research director to specialty chemicals manager. At the time of his induction, he served on a number of local boards of directors, including the Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises (TIDE), where he was president from 2008 to 2012, as well as the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership and the Business Enterprise Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

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