Keeping Our Food Supply Tasty Through Technology

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Kathleen Wu
2600 North Saginaw Road
Midland, MI 48642
United States

The Mid-Michigan AIChE Section Seminar: Keeping Our Food Supply Tasty Through Technology

There are few global technology advances that have transformed the daily lives of the world as much as the innovations in food packaging.  A safe, cost effective, and sometimes even fun food packaging system contributes to the well-being of each of us every day.  This presentation will be naturally divided into two parts.  The first portion will discuss some of the advances in the packaging formats that are ubiquitous today that did not even exist 10 years ago.  The second portion will delve into the machines that make these unique structures and how the industry is adapting to ever increasing innovation in packing formats. 

Brian Walther earned his Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and joined Dow in a research role at the Louisiana Division of The Dow Chemical Company developing new styrene block copolymers.  In 1997 Brian transferred to the Texas Division of Dow into a new product development role. Brian’s current role is global TS&D technology leader for the development of tie layers for packaging.  This role includes both continual quality and performance improvement of the existing portfolio of products and developmental focus to meet the emerging performance needs in the industry. The global aspect to Brian’s role was enhanced via two International relocations to Switzerland and more recently to Spain. 

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Grand Traverse Pie Company, Midland. The seminar is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Light snacks will be provided beginning at 6:00 PM while they last and the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, contact Bruce Holden at or 989-636-5225, or visit the MMAIChE's web site at

The lecture qualifies for one professional development hour.  PDH certificates will be provided to interested attendees.