September Meeting | AIChE

September Meeting

Thursday, September 2, 2021,
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Virtual / Online

                                                                                                     Hydrogen Opportunities for the U.S. Gulf Coast

Speaker : Joseph B. Powell, PhD

NAE, Fellow AIChE, Principal at ChemePD LLC

Increased electrification is a given as the world seeks to decarbonize via a move to renewable energy, and to achieve “zero emissions” in urban centers.  Hydrogen can play an important role as an energy vector for more difficult to decarbonize sectors, with projections to potentially grow as much as 10-fold or above current use.   This seminar will examine where hydrogen might be a preferred choice vs. competing alternatives, for achieving decarbonization and clean air goals.   Also, what are the prospects for the U.S. Gulf Coast in supplying either Blue (or Turquoise) hydrogen from natural gas with carbon storage, or Green hydrogen from renewables, for local use or export.

Joe Powell (Joseph B. Powell, PhD) is Fellow and former Director 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 where he led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, enhanced oil recovery, and advised on R&D for energy transition to a net-zero carbon economy. Dr. Powell is co-inventor on more than 125 patent applications (60 granted), has received AIChE / ACS / R&D Magazine awards for Innovation, Service, and Practice, and is co-author of Sustainable Development in the Process Industries:  Cases and Impact (2010).  He chaired 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 two terms on its Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. Other roles include guest editor Catalysis Today Natural Gas Utilization, editorial board for Annual Review of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Crosscutting Technologies area lead and author for Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (2017).  He currently advises in energy and chemicals and process development (ChemePD LLC).   Education: PhD U. Wisconsin-Madison (1984); BS U. Virginia (1978), both in chemical engineering. 


STS-AIChE is pleased to host a workshop in conjunction with our monthly meeting on September 2nd.

Suzanne Curry, CHWMEG Director of Marketing & Member Support, and Brian Bosilovich, CHWMEG Technical Director, will be hosting a workshop on responsible waste stewardship and how it ties into the fundamental aspects of environmental, social justice, governance (ESG).  The workshop will focus on how supplier due diligence (waste and recycling) is integral to sustainability and ESG initiatives.  


Brian Bosilovich, CHWMEG Technical Director

Brian has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Gannon University.  Brian began his career in consulting and began working with on the CHWMEG account in 1995.  Brian left to work on CHWMEG full-time in 2003.  Brian is responsible for the technical aspects of the CHWMEG report, including managing the QA/QC review process.  In addition, he administers the CHWMEG Members-only website and CHWMEG public website, in addition to several other duties.

Suzanne Curry, CHWMEG Director of Marketing & Member Support

Suzanne has a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from the University of Dayton, and earned her M.B.A. from Duquesne University with concentrations in Finance and International Business.  Suzanne has worked in operations and marketing at consulting firms, before joining the CHWMEG team in 2011.  Suzanne is responsible for new member development, marketing and member training for CHWMEG.