Please join us for the 14th AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference & Dinner | AIChE

Please join us for the 14th AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference & Dinner

Thursday, September 29, 2022,
6:00pm to 9:00pm
In-Person / Local
Sugar Land Town Square
16090 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77479
United States

Please join STS-AIChE at our next dinner on September 29th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. This dinner will be held on the first evening of the Southwest Process Technology Conference. 

STS AIChE welcomes Dr. Joseph B. Powell as Keynote Dinner speaker on Sept 29th.  Dr. Powell will be speaking on “Energy Transition:  Hydrogen, Circularity, & Carbon Management for the US Gulf Coast.”  (1 PDH)

  • 6:00PM-6:45PM      In Person Social/Networking Time
  • 6:45PM-8:00PM    Dinner
  • 7:15PM-8:00PM     STS Announcements & Awards
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM     Keynote Presentation, Dr. Joseph B. Powell, Energy Transition Institute, Univ. of Houston


Keynote Presentation 

(1 PDH Credit) - Energy Transition:  Hydrogen, Circularity, & Carbon Management for the US Gulf Coast.


The US Gulf Coast is one of the three major global hubs for refining and petrochemicals.  This seminar will look at the challenges and opportunities in how the area can thrive in leading the clean energy transition, and to address the need for circularity in chemicals, especially plastics.   Sustainability considerations will drive future investment, and workforce opportunities for the local community.

About the Keynote Speaker

Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, PhD) is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and served as Shell’s first Chief Scientist – Chemical Engineering from 2006 until retiring at the end of 2020, culminating a 36-year industry career. He joined the Process Development Department at Shell Technology Center Houston in 1988, and over his career has led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery, in addition to a Hunters innovation group, and served as technology advisor for the energy transition to a net-zero carbon economy.  Dr. Powell has been co-inventor on more than 125 distinct patent applications with more than 60 granted and has received several industry awards including the A. D. Little Award for Chemical Engineering Innovation (AIChE 1998), R&D100 Award (R&D Magazine) and American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award (2000), U. Wisconsin College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award (2009), AIChE Process Development Division Service Award (2012) and Practice Award (2017), Wallace H. Coulter Award (2021).  He is co-editor and chapter author for the book Sustainable Development in the Process Industries:  Cases and Impact, John Wiley & Sons, New York (2010), and has served AIChE in various roles including Process Development Division Programming chair, Spring Meeting Program Chair (2015) and Co-Chair (2012), Chemical Technology Operating Council, Executive Board Programming Committee, Center for Energy Initiatives board member, Pilot Plants 12B Area Chair, Shale Gas and Sustainability Topical Chairs, and was elected and served on the AIChE board of directors (2016-18).  He is past chair of the U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) and was elected to the U. S. National Academy of Engineering (2021) after serving for two terms on the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.  He served as Special Guest Editor of Catalysis Today Natural Gas Utilization, on the editorial board of Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering and was Crosscutting Technologies team lead and author for Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (2017).  Dr. Powell obtained a Ph.D.  from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984), following a B.S. from the University of Virginia (1978), both in chemical engineering.