Application and Advancement of Digitalization the Process Industries [Virtual Seminar]

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 12:00pm-1:30pm EDT
Event format: 
Virtual / Online

The Mid-Michigan AIChE invites you for our May seminar on the topic:


“Application and Advancement of Digitalization in Process Industries”


Billy B. Bardin, PhD, PE

Global Digitalization Director – Dow Inc.

Thursday May 21st from 12 noon to 1:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time)


We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all meeting attendees. In light of the impact of the Coronavirus, we will be holding the April meeting virtually. Please reach out to Pranav Karanjkar ( for a Webex link.  We will provide everyone some time to properly dial into the virtual meeting and start the seminar at 12:05 pm.


The lecture qualifies for one continuing education hour. CEH certificates are needed for licensed Professional Engineers to maintain their license and certificates will be provided to interested attendees.



Digital tools and digitalization have been much hyped in the media and the discreet manufacturing industries as the definitive pathway to technology and productivity advancement.  While not all projected forecasts have come to fruition, there are lessons and technologies to be applied in the process industries that will improve safety, reliability, productivity, and ultimately profitability.  The combination of fundamental chemical engineering principles with advanced data analytics allows engineers and operators to develop greater insights into facility performance.  Advanced process control and real time optimization, while classically used in the process industries, are updated to include new sensor technologies and mathematical approaches that enhance performance and that allow real time optimizations across the enterprise, a production site, or a product value chain.  Robotic tools and mobile devices are allowing process operators to perform inspections, maintenance activities, and construction projects more efficiently and safely.  Novel materials and compact sensors are being developed to extend the range and capabilities of our robotic tools, encompassing new challenges for chemical engineers in this arena.  This talk will describe several examples of digitalization for chemical processes and how industry is looking to advance further as well as how digital skill development for new and experienced workers is required for the industry to be successful.


Billy B. Bardin is the Global Digitalization Director for Dow Inc.  He is responsible for ensuring the development of a well-integrated and fully developed digital strategy to realize the vision of Digital Dow and the end to end connectivity necessary to make it a reality, including leadership for the Dow Operations Manufacturing 4.0 program.  He leads efforts to explore, evaluate and implement emerging and next generation digital technologies that are required to maintain and improve Dow’s competitive position and to ensure the workforce has the required skills, characteristics and training to be digital ready.  Bardin began his career in 2000 with Union Carbide/Dow in South Charleston, W. Va., where he led alternative feedstock and catalytic process development programs.  He has held numerous global leadership roles in research, development, and manufacturing in which he has developed and commercialized technologies including new heterogeneous catalysis research capabilities, novel catalytic processes for feedstocks and derivative products, process technologies for improved olefins production, and advanced digital manufacturing capabilities, among others.  Before being named to his current position, he was most recently the Global Operations Technology Director.  Bardin holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a MS and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a Registered, Professional Engineer (PE) with the W. V. State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.  Bardin is an executive member and past Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and a member of the advisory boards for the Departments of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia and North Carolina State University.  He was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2016.  He is a Fellow of the AIChE and holds board seats for the MxD and RAPID manufacturing institutes.  He was recently named as one of Smart Industry Magazines Top 50 Industrial Digital Transformation Leaders.