Melissa Hockstad

All posts by Melissa Hockstad

Melissa Hockstad is the former Vice President of Petrochemicals for AFPM. To learn more about AFPM, visit AFPM.org.

Winning the Tour de France thanks to petrochemicals

The first Tour de France was held in 1903. 60 cyclists rode over unpaved roads without helmets, comfortable bikes or other modern technologies. Today the race has evolved to a total of 21 stages covering almost 2,200 miles. In recent...

/ July 20, 2016

Finding the Next Generation of Craft Professionals

One of the most significant challenges facing the fuel and petrochemical industries is finding the next generation of craft professionals ranging from electricians to millwrights to everything in between. This challenge has led us to contemplate where will we find...

/ June 16, 2016

Cars At The Capital: Petrochemicals In Cars From Taft To Today

Since the early 20th century, U.S. presidents have embraced automotive technology. President William Howard Taft, an early automobile enthusiast, broke the long presidential tradition of using horse-drawn vehicles, and brought the presidency to more modern times with his use of...

/ April 7, 2016

Women in Petrochemicals: Bringing Diversity to the Industry

Over the last 20 years, I have seen an increasing number of women joining the petrochemical industry which is a great thing. However, women still only make up 25 percent of the petrochemical workforce currently, so there is still room...

/ March 17, 2016