Marianne T. Phillips

Mrs. Phillips recently retired from Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. after 31 years.  Since 1996 her work as a communications specialist entailed the editing of technical reports and proposals for government research contracts in such areas as energy efficiency, advanced fuels from coal, hydrogen as a transportation fuel, advanced coatings, and advanced (high-temperature) air separation technology. She was also responsible for analyzing requests for proposals (RFPs) to help ensure that proposals were responsive to RFP requirements. Other duties included supervising the documentation of the department’s work process and writing and editing brochures and articles relevant to the department’s activities.

Previously Mrs. Phillips worked as an Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) coordinator, developing and writing specific health, safety and environmental standards; performing EH&S audits of Air Products plants; and revising, updating and streamlining audit protocols. As a proposal supervisor in Air Products’ Project Development Engineering department from 1989 to 1993, Mrs. Phillips analyzed RFPs, scheduled preparation of proposal sections; helped organize and coordinate the proposal writing team; evaluated, wrote and edited proposal sections; established standards and guidelines; and introduced desktop publishing to the proposal effort. In carrying out these responsibilities, she increased the responsiveness, readability, conciseness, completeness and consistency of proposals.

Between 1980 and 1989, Mrs. Phillips worked as a technical writer/editor and was responsible for the technical editing of contract deliverables, as well as proposals. Her duties also extended to the administration of government contracts, including budget development, cost control and project deliverables.

Previously, Mrs. Phillips was a biological editor for 10 years at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. In that capacity she edited water quality monitoring reports for private industry and public utilities with respect to the reports’ scientific soundness and accuracy, grammar, consistency of presentation and ease of comprehension by the lay reader.

Mrs. Phillips has written chapters on coal liquefaction for two technical reference books, and has co-written and presented several papers at International Professional Communicators Conferences.