Dr. Hecker’s research at BYU has included exploring the reaction kinetics and surface properties of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis, catalytic NOx reduction, coal char oxidation, rocket propellants, and oil shale. He has recently initiated work on the kinetic modeling of FT synthesis. Previous to coming to BYU he worked for 2 years at Chevron Research Corporation in catalyst development where his work led to 3 patents and 1.5 years at Dow Chemical Company in coal desulfurization and char pyrolysis. He spent a sabbatical leave in Australia in 1992 doing research at the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University. He has served as Counselor to the BYU chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) since 1983 and received the national award as the Outstanding Counselor in 1986. Under his direction the BYU chapter has won the Outstanding Chapter Award from national AIChE 15 times. In 2014 he received an award as the Outstanding Faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department.