Chemical Engineers Meet to Discuss Needs for Sustainable Energy and Water Supplies

March 1, 2011

CHICAGO – Chemical engineers are working to find solutions for many global problems, including clean energy and water. Those topics, along with improved safety of chemical plants and processes, will be featured at this year’s Spring Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and 7th Global Congress on Process Safety, being held here from March 13-17. Nearly 2,000 chemical engineers are expected at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  

On Monday, March 14, F. Emil Jacobs, vice president for research and development with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, will deliver the keynote address. Jacobs will discuss providing sustainable energy supplies to meet growing demand.
The Global Congress on Process Safety is the largest annual gathering of process safety experts in the world. Participants will share lessons learned in the chemical, refining, and pharmaceutical industries. The focus this year will be on Inherently Safer Design (ISD) — an approach to process safety that focuses on eliminating or reducing hazards. Inherently Safer Design serves as part of an iterative decision-making process aimed at risk reduction. 
Monday will also feature a special presentation as part of the 14th Topical Conference on Refinery Processing entitled, "What Are We Going to Do with All This Natural Gas?”  The talk, by Samuel Thomas, CEO at Chart Industries, will focus on the ramifications of the dramatic expansion of natural gas available to the market due to North American shale gas production and LNG liquefaction.   
Other highlights of the conference include:
  • The 23rd Ethylene Producers’ Conference
  • 11th Topical Conference on Gas Utilization
  • Advanced Fossil Energy Utilization
  • Advances in Sustainability
  • Waste and Biomass Valorization
  • University Research for Industry

About AIChE: AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at