2016 NorCal AIChE Symposium

Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:00am-5:00pm PDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Thomas Fogwell
Easy access from Lafayette BART station
3780 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
United States

2016 NorCal AIChE Symposium on Environment and Biotechnology

Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center (map)

 Friday, April 8, 2016

Symposium Description:

The morning session of the symposium will focus on the topics of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Health and Safety.  Presentation topics will include sustainability, waste treatment designs, determining appropriate means to meet compliance with existing regulations, and improving processes to minimize waste products. 

Lunch includes the following AICHE Norcal Professional Excellence Awards (Click here for awardees' accomplishments): 

Professional Achievement: Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Chevron Corporation

Continuing Education: Jerry Jones, P.E., AICHE Center for Chemical Process Safety

Plant Operations: Eco Services (Previously Solvay and Rhodia Chemical), Martinez, CA

The afternoon session of the symposium will have presentations focusing on biotechnology research and development, equipment process design, technology transfer, and manufacturing use of bioprocess technologies. 

Symposium Agenda Details:

8:00 am -  8:30 am        


Environmental Health and Safety Session




8:30 am

John Wind                 

(Keynote speaker)

Driving Sustainability at the Energy-Water-Food-Climate Nexus

Renewable & Conventional Fuels & Chemicals


Erik Desormeaux

Forward Osmosis: A New Tool to Minimize Waste and Reuse Water from Challenging Waste Streams 

Porifera Inc.


David Kahn

Unpacking OSHA's Enforcement of RAGAGEP in PSM

RSSI Consulting

10:15 - 10:45

Networking break


Curtis M. Tong

Developing a Culture of Health and Safety

Dow Chemical Company


James Russell

Applications of Biological Treatment on Wastewaters within the Oil and Gas Industry

Chevron Corporation

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch, Chemical Engineering Excellence Awards, Student Awards


Biotechnology Session




1:15 pm

Jenny Mortimer              

(Keynote speaker)

Driving the Future: Advanced Biofuels R&D at the Joint BioEnergy Institute

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Shital Tripathi

ROBUST technology for mitigating microbial contaminations

Total New Energies USA


Claire Komives

Anti-hemorrhagic Peptide from Didelphis virginiana

San Jose State University

3:00 - 3:30

Networking break


Deepak Dugar

Bio-based processes for high performance polymers: Development and commercialization

Visolis Inc.


Fabio De


Root Cause Analysis - When a process failure occurs in the Biopharmaceuticals industry



Closing Remarks

Click here for the abstracts of the talks and the biographies of the speakers.  

To register for the 2015 NorCal AIChE Symposium, please follow the links below to our PayPal system:

Professional Participants - $90

Retiree and Student Participants - $45

Vendors - $265 - Includes Registration for 2 Employees and a 3 ft. x 6 ft. table top

LOCATION: Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette CA.   94549. Directions: 

Please contact  Naomi Goff with payment questions and Firehiwot Tachea with vendors questions.