Spring Meeting

High School Outreach at Spring Meeting in New Orleans

. by ChEnected Guest

On Wednesday April 2nd at Tulane University, more than 160 students from three high schools in the New Orleans area gathered to listen and learn from practicing chemical engineers during the AIChE high school outreach event as part of the Spring Meeting.

Your First Year as a Manager

. by Martin Bergstedt

If you are considering or have been offered a management position, how are things going to change for you? What is that first year going to be like? Dr. Jonathan Worstell outlined some answers to these questions and a framework for the transition of the new manager.

Bioconversion of Methane

. by Martin Bergstedt

Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at Calysta Energy, as reported by their CTO, Dr. Josh Silverman.

YPs Tour Abita Brewery's "Green" Facility

. by Elizabeth Guenther

A group of 25 Young Professionals took a break from the AIChE Spring Meeting to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, LA, and learned more about the green engineering behind the brewery's operations.

Electrochemical Processes for Bio-Oil Deoxygenation

. by Martin Bergstedt

Biomass fast pyrolysis yields oxygen rich (hydrogen deficient) hydrocarbons of inferior fuel quality. They contain upwards of 40 dry-weight % oxygen, whereas petroleum contains around 1%, so these bio-oils must be upgraded to be rightfully considered a replacement for liquid fossil fuels. Jack Ferrell of NREL's National bioenergy Center spoke at the Spring Meeting about their program to develop electrochemical hydrodeoxygenation processes.

Membrane Catalytic Reactors for Healthy Eating!

. by Martin Bergstedt

Because of the limitations inherent in current liquid hydrogenation technologies, the hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis bio-oils is proposed to be accomplished using a catalyzed membrane reactor. During preliminary trials with vegetable oils, an unexpected benefit was discovered in that the system yielded much less trans fats in the end product.

Modular Reactor Systems for Remote Waste-Gas Conversion

. by Martin Bergstedt

The difficulties in capturing and efficiently utilizing flare gas in the Northern Shale Oil fields are primarily ones of scale and lack of infrastructure. The Ceramatec corporation is working on cost effective modular solutions to this challenge of energy conservation and conversion.

Interview with OSHA's Jordan Barab

. by Louisa Nara

Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gives an overview of Executive Order 13650, which aims to improve chemical facility and security.

The World Needs Engineering Judgment

. by Martin Bergstedt

William Banholzer, retired Dow Chemical CTO, gave an insightful and wide-ranging address on the the state of technology changes for the future, and the chemical engineer’s special capability to make sensible and better decisions for the direction of these changes, especially in the field of energy.

Is There a "Magic" Biomass Crop?

. by Martin Bergstedt

Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was assembled and applied in The Manomet Report for the State of Massachusetts.

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

. by Martin Bergstedt

Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The Southern Company discussed mercury removal strategies.

Freshmen Chemical Engineers in Legoland

. by Martin Bergstedt

Dr. Bill Elmore at Mississippi State University has begun a class for freshman ChemEs, drawing on Legos to help incoming students find out whether the chemical engineering program is where they truly want to be.

2014 Spring Meeting Student Program Kick-Off

. by Douglas B. Clark

The Student Program launched with a greeting from 2014 AIChE President Otis Shelton and Spring Meeting Program Co-Chair Meagan Lewis. This year, the program includes an industry leader panel, networking, a plant tour, and more.

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