2019 - Raj Shah

Koehler Instrument Company, Inc.

Dr. Raj Shah is a Director at Koehler Instrument Company, in Long Island, NY where he has been working for the past two decades. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), a Ph. D in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a MCP degree in Marketing and Management from Long Island University.


Dr. Shah is an elected Fellow of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and was given the honor in 2016, in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the field of tribology.  He is also the recipient of the Fellows award from NLGI since 2007, which endorsed his invaluable work in the field of greases. Raj is a Certified Professional Chemist and a Certified Chemical engineer with the National certification commission in chemistry and chemical engineering. He has also been awarded the Chartered Scientist status from the Science Council, UK and the Chartered Chemist status from the Royal society of chemistry.

 Dr. Shah is an elected fellow of American Institute of Chemists and of the Energy Institute, UK. That fellowship was awarded to him in recognition of his professional experience and depth of knowledge and expertise that helped make a difference in the field of Energy. Raj is also a Chartered engineer with the Engineering Council, UK and was elected a Chartered Petroleum engineer with the Energy Institute in recognition of his specific expertise as a practitioner in energy engineering. Dr. Shah is a recent recipient of the PM Ku medal from STLE and the John A Bellanti Sr. Memorial award from NLGI, both prestigious recognitions for his volunteer work with the respective institutions over the years.

Raj has attended the Gulf coast conference for the last 22 years and has been delighted to see it grow over the years to be one of the places to be to get the latest news and information about the petroleum and petrochemical testing industry , and it has been his honor to present here through the years

Dr. Shah is an active member of ASTM, STLE, NLGI, GCC,SAE, ACS, AOCS, SPE, IFT and AICHE and chairs various subcommittees in several of these organizations. Raj has been particularly active with ASTM going back approximately 25 years. He was the vice- chair for the D02.G committee for over 10 years and served in leadership capacities in subcommittees D02. 9 and D02.12.  In recent years, Dr. Shah is a co- instructor for the ASTM hands-on Motor gasoline course, and the ASTM Fuel technology Course.  Raj is a previous recipient of the ASTM Award of Excellence thrice in his career, and has also been lauded with the illustrious ASTM Eagle award.

Dr. Shah is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which is typically awarded by one’s peers to signify a scientist’s high level of accomplishment. He has over 100 publications and was also a co-editor of the first edition of this book. Dr. Shah is the only recipient of both the President’s award and the Long service award from NLGI India and was honored in 2013 with the distinguished alumni award recipient from the Institute of Chemical Technology.

Dr. Shah also has the distinction of being the only person to hold all 6 of these highly coveted certifications : namely CPC, CCHE, CEng, CSci, CChem, CPEng., and the singular honor of being an elected Fellow of these international professional organizations : namely, STLE, NLGI, AIC, RSC and EI.

Raj volunteers his time to both professional and charitable organizations and has served on the Founders board of directors of Developmental Disabilities institute, a special needs school for autistic children in Long Island, and also served on the NLGI  board of directors for over 15 years.  Dr. Shah is involved in working closely with several universities and is currently on the advisory board at: The Department of Chemical Engineering : State University of New York, Stony Brook, The School of Engineering, Design, Technology and Professional programs (SEDTAPP) : Pennsylvania State University, and the Samuel Ginn College of engineering, Tribology and lubrication science minor at Auburn University. Fluent in multiple languages, he enjoys world music, mixology, kayaking and mobile photography and lives in Melville, NY with his family. 


A Review of Biodiesel Testing Specifications and their Use in Middle Distillate Fuels
Abstract Number: 108
Tuesday, October 15th
3:35 PM - 3:55 PM

Development of a screening method using a translatory oscillation tribometer (SRVĀ®) to test extreme pressure and anti-wear properties of gear oils
Abstract Number: 122
Tuesday, October 15th
2:55 PM - 3:15 PM

Eco-based Lubricants and Greases: A Study that Looks at both Sides of the Coin
Abstract Number: 119
Tuesday, October 15th
2:15 PM - 2:35 PM

Evaluation of a Piston Ring Coating on the Oscillation Wear and Friction with use of Unique Pre-Screening SRV Instrumentation
Abstract Number: 110
Tuesday, October 15th
11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Gas-to-Liquids: The Future of Fuel Technology or a Mere Pipe Dream
Abstract Number: 120
Tuesday, October 15th
2:35 PM - 2:55 PM

How Oil Companies can use EDXRF Technology to comply with the EPA Tier 3 Standard Requirement of Low Sulfur Fuel and other Key Applications
Abstract Number: 104
Tuesday, October 15th
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

ILSAC GF-6: A New Level of Performance for Engine Oils to Meet Changing Fuel Economy and Emission Standards
Abstract Number: 103
Tuesday, October 15th
3:55 PM - 4:15 PM

Recent Advances in Instrumentation for Viscosity Testing and a Comparative Analysis with Newly Developed Viscometry Instrumentation
Abstract Number: 107
Tuesday, October 15th
3:15 PM - 3:35 PM

Recent Improvements for ASTM D86 Distillation Testing including the Development of a New Hydrocarbon Synthetic Standard
Abstract Number: 105
Tuesday, October 15th
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

The implementation of the newly devised Analytical Performance Value (APV) methodology to assess the performance capabilities of laboratory instruments, specifically for the petroleum industry
Abstract Number: 134
Tuesday, October 15th
4:15 PM - 4:35 PM

Vapor Pressure Measurement Technology: Analysis of the effects of Temperature on Vapor Pressure for Various Oil Samples
Abstract Number: 109
Tuesday, October 15th
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

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