The Climate Solutions Community announces new leaders | AIChE

The Climate Solutions Community announces new leaders

September 27, 2021

The Climate Solutions Community — a technical community within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — has announced its new managing board members for 2022.

Mark Holtzapple, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected to chair the community. He succeeds Thomas E. Rhem, a process safety specialist who has led the community through its formative years. Monty M. Alger, Director of the Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, will serve as Vice Chair of the community.

Additional members of the board include Dale Keairns (Deloitte Consulting LLP), Dan Lambert (Savannah River National Laboratory), Joseph Powell (Shell, retired), Alexander Rozenfeld (Climate Impact Capital), Jeffrey Seay (Kentucky State University), Thomas Spicer (University of Arkansas), Gavin Towler (Honeywell Performance Materials), and Jennifer Uhle (Nuclear Energy Institute).

Established in 2019, The Climate Solutions Community is a forum where interested members and stakeholders can help to identify solutions to mitigate, adapt, and become resilient to the effects of climate change, and to develop a portfolio of technical and government policy solutions necessary to address climate-related challenges. The global collaboration connects diverse engineering and scientific disciplines to help industry and society to confront and manage the effects of climate change. The community provides members at all career stages with a platform to discuss technical solutions to address climate change, keep up-to-date on the latest research, and engage with the broader engineering and scientific community and the general public on the best paths to carbon-neutral energy.

Projects on the horizon include The Climate Solutions Community Workshop, to be held on November 10 in connection with the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting ( in Boston, MA. The workshop will provide an introduction to The Climate Solutions Community and its objective, while providing for discussion of current issues and options for addressing climate change.

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