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AIChE Cleveland Section November 2021 Meeting, H2 Powered SARTA Fuel Cell Electric Bus Fleet; Joint Meeting with Akron

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), under Kirt Conrad’s leadership, has added 11 Fuel Cell driven buses to its bus fleet. This will be the largest fleet in the country outside of California. SARTA along with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research lunched the Midwest Fuel Cell Center of Excellence and the Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Collaborative in 2017. Not only are fuel cells considered safer than gasoline-powered vehicles, they are also 2x-3x more efficient!

DNV Executive Summary for Energy Transition from 2021 to 2050

Global emissions peaked in 2019, followed by an unprecedented 6% drop in 2020 due to COVID-19. Emissions are now rising again and will grow for the next three years before starting to decline. While they are being added at great speed, renewables currently often supplement rather than fully replace fossil fuel power generation. By 2030, global energy-related CO2 emissions are likely to be only 9% lower than 2019 emissions, and by 2050 only 45% lower.

AIChE Cleveland Section October 2021 Meeting, Anatomy of a H2 Fitting, Swagelok & H2 Economy Panel Discussion

1. Anatomy of a H2 Fitting: Hydrogen must be stored at high pressures to achieve the energy density required for use in fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. This presentation will demonstrate the performance attributes required of fittings used in these systems. As a small-molecule gas, hydrogen can migrate through tiny crevices and diffuse into the materials designed to contain them. Also, high storage and dispensing pressures, as well as rapid thermal and pressure changes, are challenges for the processing of hydrogen as a fuel source.

AIChE Cleveland Section September 2021 Meeting: OKTOBERFEST

Gemuetlichkeit Join the fun at the Oktoberfest here in Parma, Ohio on Friday September 10th 2021. Observe the colorful heritage, culture, music, and dances of the German people. Our own unique version of this legendary event offers something for the whole family, and for both the young and the young-at-heart. Oktoberfest actually began as a royal wedding in Munich, Germany on October 12, 1810.

AIChE Cleveland Section July 2021 Webinar: Hydrogen Safety Codes & Standards (for Reference Only)

As the emerging hydrogen transportation and stationary power markets grow, so have codes and standards which promote safety. Recently, there have been efforts to harmonize these documents to accommodate a global market.

Gov. DeWine's Office: Responsible ReStart Ohio June 2021

AIChE Cleveland Section June 2021, Road Map to a U.S. Hydrogen Economy

There will be a three-presentation series on the plan to reduce U.S. carbon emissions with fossil fuels by transitioning into a Green Hydrogen economy generated by electrolysis powered by solar, wind, and nuclear power. The Green H2 will be used to power vehicles (cars, trucks, ships, trains, aircraft) with fuel cells powered by Hydrogen. Also, the ammonia, cement and steel industries will be fueled with Green H2 and not fossil fuels.

AIChE Cleveland Section May 2021 Newsletter Joint Meeting with ISA

The presentation will cover the various ways of classifying hazardous areas in an industrial manufacturing facility, including how an explosion occurs and how to prevent it. It will explain how different areas are classified depending on the associated risks, including the various gasses and dusts present, as well as how temperature affects the classification. Differences in barrier types will be covered with a focus on intrinsic safety. The presentation closes with some real-world examples of hazardous applications and how barriers isolate the electrical signals safely.

AIChE Cleveland Section April 2021 NEOSEF Student Awards

AIChE Virtual Awards Recognition for NEOSEF Students By Joseph Spagnuolo, PE, Holistic Engineering, Inc., Westlake, OH Abstract: Today we are celebrating the AIChE Special Judging Awards to students that participated in the NEOSEF. The NEOSEF was established in 1953, the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, whose goal is to get young adults interested in science and engineering by participating in a science and engineering competition.

AIChE Cleveland Section March 2021, Pi Day Celebration

We celebrate Pi Day every March 14th since that date has the notation of 03.14, and on that day we recognize how the many engineering disciplines use Pi in their work. For Chemical Engineering we will see how Pi is used to calculate vertical and horizontal cylindrical tank volumes as well as fluid dynamics of liquid flow in pipes. Given a fluid flow rate in gallons per minute (GPM) we can calculate the fluid velocity in a given pipe size that in turn will generate a frictional flow loss in the pipe and yield how much energy is needed to pump a fluid through a pipe for a given flow rate.

AIChE Cleveland Section February 2021 Meeting, Carbon Footprint Analysis and Ethics

Climate Change is exhibiting crippling effects across the globe. 2020 has had the most hurricanes, western wildfires, warmest ocean temperatures, and polar ice melts compared to most years. These trends have been documented by the “Fourth National Climate Assessment” Volume II (https://nca2018.globalchange.gov ).

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Recommendations 22Dec2020

Summary: On December 1, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that health care personnel and long-term care facility residents be offered COVID-19 vaccination first (Phase 1a). On December 20, ACIP updated interim vaccine allocation recommendations.

AIChE Cleveland Section January 2021 CRISPR, A Molecular Scissor, Reshapes the Future of Bioengineering and Biotechnology

For generations, the field of bioengineering and biotechnology has been defined by the discoveries from the field of biology. Now, owing to the transformative discovery of CRISPR Cas systems (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020), a programmable molecular scissor, scientists have expanded this unique capability toward various bioengineering applications from synthetic biology to biomedical devices. Moreover, the marriage of this fundamental biological capability with engineering disciplines has shifted the pendulum of biotech research from “what we can discover” to “what we can construct”.

AIChE Cleveland Section December 2020, Fission versus Fusion

As the world and the country try to go green, two types of nuclear power are referenced as potential clean energy sources, fusion and fission. While both terms are associated with nuclear power, what do they really mean and how is power generated from these sources? This lecture will go into the basics of how both sources utilize the atom to release energy and generate electricity. A basic diagram of plant construction will be presented. A general comparison of benefits and detriments of both sources will be discussed. The lecture will end with an open forum for questions.

AIChE Cleveland Section November 2020 Newsletter, Overview of The Ohio Sea Grant Program

The Great Lakes are an invaluable natural resource, containing more than one fifth of the world’s surface fresh water by volume and providing drinking water, commerce, and recreation opportunities to millions. People are drawn to live and work by the water’s edge, but they also contribute to many of the environmental problems facing the lake. A combination of land use changes, industrialization, and incompatible development have led to the emergence of a myriad of environmental issues facing Great Lakes communities.

AIChE Cleveland Section September 2020 Joint Meeting with ACS: Negative Emission Technologies

It is widely accepted that conventional mitigation efforts, e.g., fuel switching, energy efficiency, and carbon capture and storage, are not enough to protect us from the irreversible effects of climate change. The inescapable reality of a continued atmospheric rise in heat trapping gases necessitates that other solutions must enter the fray, solutions that drawdown atmospheric CO2 into other reservoirs. This talk will provide an overview of several “negative emission technologies”: solutions that are designed to drawdown and reliably store more CO2 than they emit.

COVID-19 Resources from NSPE

As you are aware, the spread of COVID-19 has had a profound impact not only on the lives of Ohioans, but equally on the day-to-day operations of workers and businesses of all sizes throughout the state. While Governor DeWine and Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH of the Ohio Department of Health continue to work on science-based solutions to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. For the most up to date information, please refer to the Ohio Department of Health website or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

CDC's COVID-19 Reopening Response (Long Version)

Control of the epidemic requires action at the individual, community, and population levels. CDC has provided state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments with extensive detailed guidance on contact tracing, infection control, and a wide range of other prevention and control topics. Recent models suggest that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission and delays in case recognition can greatly reduce the effectiveness of contact tracing.

AIChE Cleveland Section June 2020 Meeting, Harmful Algal Blooms Threaten Drinking Water in the Great Lakes

Warmer waters, heavier storms and nutrient pollution are a triple threat to the Great Lakes cities drinking water. The solution of cutting nutrient releases and installing systems to filter runoff should be implemented. The Great Lakes together hold 20% of the world’s surface freshwater that provides drinking water to over 48 million people. The Great Lakes poorest quality was in the 1970’s, and the best quality was in the 1990’s. Since the 1990’s climate change has increased precipitation carrying growing quantities of nutrient runoff into Lake Erie triggering Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB).

AIChE Cleveland Section May 2020 Meeting (Rescheduled), Global Warming & Climate Change

Which Future? Projected Climate Change in the Coming Decades. Climate change is expected to have considerable impacts on the environment and society. This talk will explore the evidence for climate change from a geologic perspective, assess model skill and potential impacts at the global and regional scale looking back to the 1850 CO2 atmospheric experimental data generated by Eunice N. Foote. Dr. Ortiz will be discussing material from the 4th National Climate Assessment and present from the IPCC Special report on 1.5 Deg C Warming. Reference: www.nca2018.globalchange.gov

Ohio Department of Health: Director's Stay at Home Orders

Director's Stay at Home Order Re: Director's Order that All Persons Stay at Home Unless Engaged in Essential Work or Activity I, Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pursuant to the authority granted to me in R.C. 3701.13 to "make special orders...for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases" Order the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the State of Ohio: Stay at home or place of residence.

AIChE Cleveland Section March 2020 Meeting (Postponed due to COVID-19 Global Pandemic)

Regional and Global Impacts of Climate Change: Climate change is expected to have considerable impacts on the environment and society. This talk will explore the evidence for climate change from a geologic perspective, and assess model skill and potential impacts at the global and regional scale. Dr. Ortiz will be discussing material from the 4th National Climate Assessment and present from the IPCC Special report on 1.5 Deg C Warming. Reference: www.nca2018.globalchange.gov Dr. Joseph D.

AIChE Cleveland Section January 2020 Meeting

At the center of the debate about climate change is how to produce electricity without releasing CO2 to the atmosphere. The most contentious and largest form of carbon free electrical production is nuclear power. This Presentation will go over the history of nuclear power plants from early designs, to the modern large electrical generation stations and look at potential future plant designs. Discussion will be provided on how newer designs will be more accident tolerant, will produce less long-term radioactive waste and will be more cost efficient.

AIChE Cleveland Joint Meeting with AIChE Akron and ACS Akron

Great Lakes Biomimicry, The University of Akron’s Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center, the Bio-inspired ecosystem they’ve created in NEO. Nature is both elegant and efficient, using only the energy and resources it needs to perform its functions making it the perfect place to look for inspiration. Here are some real-world examples of how biomimicry helped local companies discover new solutions for their products.

AIChE Cleveland Section November 2019 Meeting & Tour

W. M. Wilson Company, Inc is a Manufacturers’ Representative/Distributor of steam specialties and process safety equipment that has been serving the industry since 1945. Recently, W. M. Wilson Company, Inc has opened a comprehensive hands-on, steam system training facility, located at their main office in Hinckley, Ohio. The facility will provide an up-close and personal view of how the components in a steam system operate inside and out, and how to make your steam distribution system more efficient. This is a Steam School – not a Sales School.

AIChE October 2019 Newsletter

We will be presenting the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and how these directives are practiced in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility making parenterals in a Final Dosage Form (FDF). This process operation has the strictest regulations from the FDA relative to any other production areas. This is due to the direct injection of the parenterals into the human blood stream with no barriers of protection from any potential risk of contaminants or pyrogens that may cause fever or infection.

AIChE September 2019 Newsletter

CWRU Research Poster Session Research in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve University will be highlighted in a poster session put on by the CWRU faculty and graduate students. You will have the opportunity to see the variety of research carried out in the CWRU department, and discuss with the faculty and students. The session will include dinner.

AIChE May 2019 Newsletter

Energy Conservation Trifecta Heat rejection is an integral component of many processes. Carbon dioxide along with other gases are also byproducts. Particulate emission is another byproduct component. Each component affects our environment and process efficiencies. This presentation reviews a new patented process to recovery energy, to reduce carbon dioxide emission, and to reduce particulate emission. Water vapor from various processes, especially wet scrubbers, contains a high amount of energy that can be captured.

AIChE April 2019 Newsletter

North East Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) Winners! Winner Project Title Rohan Kumar Water Pi: A home Plant Watering System Charles Pafford Materials and Design Optimization for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Application of Vehicle Suspension Parts Ryan Devine Creating a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) with Improved Elastic Properties – Repeat Winner! John Shin Walter Filtration using Graphene Nanotechnology Sophia Boes Porous Concrete: Creating a Safer Environment David Anand Monitoring water quality of the Yellow Creek Watershe

AIChE March 2019 Newsletter

Moon Bases Abstract This presentation focuses on the early history, development, and future of moon bases and the related transportation vehicles for space exploration. It covers moon base concepts and proposed developments from the early days of lunar exploration to the uses of moon bases for the future of human exploration of the rest of the Solar System. The presentation is augmented with photographs of historical, current, and future moon base ideas and their past and proposed uses.

AIChE January 2019 Newsletter

Win-Win With University Partnerships and your Society Your company and a local university can both Win-Win with a University Partnership and your society. For Xellia Pharmaceuticals with AIChE connections there have been multiple successful semester partnerships with two local universities, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. Though partnerships differed they accomplished the same goal. The students transitioned from the world of academia to a world of industry. In Xellia’s case the world of pharmaceuticals.

AIChE December 2018 Newsletter

Nuclear Power, Fact or Fiction At the center of the debate about climate change is how to produce electricity without releasing CO2 to the atmosphere. The most contentious form of carbon free electrical production is nuclear power. Nuclear power is the largest producer of carbon free electricity available. However, there remains a certain stigma against the use of nuclear power.