(19a) Invited: Energy Transition Roundtable with Energy Leaders | AIChE

(19a) Invited: Energy Transition Roundtable with Energy Leaders


Powell, J. - Presenter, Shell International Exploration & Production
Palou-Rivera, I. - Presenter, BP Products North America, Inc.
Hasan, F. - Presenter, Texas A&M University
Rogers, J. D. - Presenter, National Energy Technology Lab
This session is setup for a roundtable introductory discussion on Energy Transition and present perspectives from the current industry, academic and governmental leaders. These will be in the format of 10 minute presentations to set the stage for discussions. Then, the entire audience is invited to participate in six breakout sessions that will discuss the following:

Feedstock Expansion for Energy Transition
New Technologies in Energy Transition
Transportation considerations in Energy Transition
Design for Energy Transition
Modeling for Energy Transition
Analysis for Energy Transition

We hope to hear from leaders in the energy, fuels, and petrochemicals sector, engineers, researchers, and government labs to create a path forward for the above topics of interest. Please join us in providing your inputs and perspectives, that will be shared as a workshop proceeding with the AIChE F&PD and other organization wide initiatives on Energy Transition.

Invited Panelist Bio:

Dr. Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, PhD)

Energy Transition Institute, University of Houston

National Academy of Engineering, Fellow AIChE

Retired Shell Chief Scientist – Chemical Engineering JoePowell-Linkedin; JBPowel5@Central.UH.edu

Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, PhD) is Executive Director of the University of Houston Energy Transition Institute, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Fellow and former Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He served as Shell’s first Chief Scientist – Chemical Engineering from 2006 – 2020, culminating a 36-year industry career where he led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, enhanced oil recovery, and advised on global strategy for the energy transition to a net-zero carbon economy. He is co-inventor on more than 125 patent applications (60 granted), has received AIChE / ACS / R&D Magazine awards for Innovation, Service, and Practice, and is co-author of Sustainable Development in the Process Industries: Cases and Impact (2010). He chaired the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC), served two terms on the U. S. National Academy Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and on the editorial board of Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and serves as climate advisor for the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development. He served as crosscutting team lead for Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (2017), and currently serves on the National Academy Carbon Utilization Infrastructure, Markets, Research, and Development Committee. Dr. Powell obtained a PhD from the U. Wisconsin-Madison (1984); and a BS from the U. Virginia (1978), both in chemical engineering.

Dr. Faruque Hasan

Assistant Director of Decarbonization, Texas A&M Energy Institute

Associate Professor, Kim and Phillip McDivitt Faculty Fellow, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Dr. Faruque Hasan is an Assistant Director of Decarbonization at the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and an Associate Professor and the Kim and Phillip McDivitt Faculty Fellow in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore, and completed a postdoctoral training at Princeton University before joining Texas A&M University in 2014. At Texas A&M, he directs a research group that is recognized for developing multiscale methods, tools and techniques for systems design and analysis with direct applications to energy transition and decarbonization pathways for the chemical process industry, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), sustainable hydrogen economy, and resilient supply chains. He is a Senior Member and also serves as a Director for the Computing & Systems Technology Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is the recipient of NSF CAREER award, and AIChE Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division Outstanding Young Research award.

Dr. Ignasi Palou-Rivera

Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer, RAPID Manufacturing Institute

Ignasi Palou-Rivera is the Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. Ignasi’s professional career of over 25 years spans the areas of process development, process modeling and optimization, refinery planning and scheduling, technology valuation and commercialization covering techno-economic, life-cycle, sustainability analysis, and tech to market activities, as well as R&D management. He has worked for a variety of organizations such as Aspentech, Applied Materials, BP, LanzaTech and Argonne National Laboratory prior to joining RAPID in 2017. Ignasi is a Senior Member of AIChE and has been heavily involved as a volunteer both in the Computing & Systems Technology Division (CAST) and the Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF) AIChE Communities, especially in programing functions. Ignasi is a Past Chair of the Sustainable Engineering Forum, part of the Institute for Sustainability (IfS) Board, and member of the PAIC Policy Committee. Ignasi holds an Engineer degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a post-doctoral researcher at MIT.

Dr. John D. Rogers

Technology Manager, Science & Technology Strategic Plans & Programs Division, US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory

John D. Rogers is a Technology Manager in the Science & Technology Strategic Plans & Programs Division at the US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory in the Houston, Texas, office. Currently his responsibility is the Advanced Remediation Technologies portfolio of programs. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) and holds a Ph.D. and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico State University, as well as an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. His career has developed diverse roles in federal and local government, university R&D, a non-profit, and the industrial private sector where he primarily focused on environmentally responsible resource recovery. Rogers has held positions as a Senior Production Operations Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Industrial Wastewater Control Supervisor, Project/Program manager, and Vice President of Operations. With his commitment to sustainable clean energy, he is dedicated to fostering team success in creating and utilizing cutting edge technology to develop technically sustainable energy resources.

In his current role, he has the opportunity to lead a cross functional interdisciplinary technical team within NETL to execute the U.S. DOE’s FECM Advanced Remediation Technologies research direction. As Technology Manager, he oversees the strategic and technical direction and implementation of the R&D in the EPD and Hydrates programs at NETL and ensures government funding is obligated in a timely and fiscally responsible manner. The current focus of the EPD program is coordinating research and advising technical direction to maximize the benefits and minimize the environmental impacts of U.S. unconventional natural gas liquids production. A current concentrated research area is advanced technologies related to reduced water usage and efficient produced water management as well as increased resource recovery efficiency and production operations. The Hydrates program research is focused on the technical understanding of naturally occurring hydrates in Alaska and in moderately deep areas of the Gulf of Mexico.