AIChE Spring 2011 Meeting and Global Congress Kick Off in Chicago Today [On Location]

AIChE's 2011 Spring Meeting kicks off in Chicago on Sunday, March 13 and runs through Thursday, March 17. Our aim is to provide regular updates on ChEnected about this year's spring meeting--details and perspectives on keynotes and special events, session recaps, video interviews with presenters, and photos of the opening reception and other key events. I will be working with ChEnected author Martin Bergstedt over this next week to keep you

informed, whether you're in Chicago or elsewhere. As the week progresses, you can always come back to this post as a reference point or visit the list page devoted to posts about the Spring meeting. As we blog about some of the highlights listed below, this page will be updated with the appropriate links to the posts about those highlights.

Interested in Attending?

Online registration has closed but if you're in Chicago, you can register in person. On-site registration will be open starting 7 AM Sunday, March 13th, on the Gold Level of the East Tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago located at 151 East Wacker Drive.

Want to Participate?

We're always looking for help, keeping ChEnected buzzing during conferences. If you have something to contribute, whether it be coverage of a session you attended or presented that you got really excited about, your perspective on a keynote speech or special event, we'd love to hear from you. You can easily submit a blog post without being a regular author if you're at the meeting. Just keep this URL in mind and mention it to others.

You can also just come back to ChEnected and comment on posts, follow us on Twitter, or LIKE us on Facebook. The Twitter hashcode for the meeting is #AIChESpring

The global problems of sustainable energy, managing water supplies, and safety will be a prime focus of AIChE's Spring 2011 Meeting, the 7th Global Congress on Process Safety, multiple topical conferences, and short courses. Close to 2,000 chemical engineers will come together at Chicago's Hyatt Regency.

Check ChEnected for Updates on these AIChE Spring 2011 Meeting Highlights:

Opening Night Reception
Sunday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:30p.m. (Grand Ballroom C/D)
See Chicago local section attendees mix with international members and those new to AIChE and meetings. Check back for more photos and updates.

Spring Meeting Keynote Address
Monday, March 14, 11:00am-12:00pm, (Grand Ballroom B)
Dr. F. Emil Jacobs, Vice President Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company speaks on:
"The Energy Challenge: Providing Sustainable Supplies to Meet Growing Demand"
Read another perspective on this keynote.

14th Topical Refinery Conference
Monday, March 14, 9:00am-10:30am, (Grand Ballroom B)
Samuel Thomas, CEO at Chart Industries, answers the question: "What Are We Going to Do with All This Natural Gas?" in his welcome address.
Watch Cindy Mascone's interview with Sam Thomas.

The 7th Global Congress on Process Safety
(featuring the 26th CCPS International Conference, the 45th Loss Prevention Symposium and the 13th Process Plant Safety Symposium)
Watch Roxy Schneider's interview with Gustavo Amaral.

Young Professionals (YP) Speed Networking Social
Tuesday, March 15 6:30-9:30, Elephant & Castle
Young, professional chemical engineers and their fans gather to chat, mingle, network, and celebrate their accomplishments at a local Chicago watering hole. We'll bring you photos of this event on ChEnected and our Facebook page. If you attend, we invite you to take your own photos and add them to ChEnected's Facebook wall. Interested in attending?

In addition to the special events above, we hope to cover a variety of technical sessions and get some interviews with poster session presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and others. If you're attending this year's Spring Meeting, here's a handy map of the conference center to help you get around.

Let us know in the comments below if there is anything you'd like us to cover.