STS AIChE March 2018 Monthly Dinner Meeting - Workshops | AIChE

STS AIChE March 2018 Monthly Dinner Meeting - Workshops

Thursday, March 1, 2018,
5:30pm to 6:30pm
In-Person / Local
12126 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077
United States

Workshop I

Title: How Physical Property Accuracy Saves You Time and Money

Speaker: Nathan Lott

Abstract: : In the late 1970’s, the Design Institute for Physical Properties (DIPPR®) was established with a mission to ensure chemical processes are designed and operated as safely and efficiently as possible. DIPPR has accomplished this mission by becoming the leading authority in recommending accurate physical property values for industrially significant compounds. DIPPR continues in this role today, with stronger support than ever before. With the recent drastic shifts in the chemical industry and engineering workforce, DIPPR recognizes, and is uniquely positioned to satisfy, a critical need for training in the proper selection of physical properties for widely varying applications.

This presentation covers the following: The impact of data accuracy on safe, efficient, and profitable process design and operation, citing several specific examples DIPPR’s unique “systems” evaluation approach to ensure accuracy Previews the DIPPR database contents and software tools.

Bio: Nathan Lott started working with the Design Institute for Physical Properties (DIPPR) project, an AIChE Technology Alliance, as an undergraduate in the Brigham Young University Chemical Engineering Department in 2006. Nathan graduated in 2008 with a BS in Chemical Engineering from BYU, and continued his work with the DIPPR project. He is currently a full-time staff member of AIChE, where his primary role is the DIPPR Global Accounts Manager, while also assisting the sales and marketing activities of other various AIChE products.

Workshop II

Title:  New technologies and breakthroughs to old Deionization applications

Speaker: Jim Wark


This presentation will focus on the following topics:

a. Basic water treatment methodologies

Softeners, Carbon, Ultraviolet (UV) treatment, Filtration, Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Deionization (DI)

b. Specific water treatment (technologies or application) for Deionization

Dual bed, Mixed Bed, EDI etc.

c. New technology twists to the DI system

Double Pass RO, EDI with RO pretreatment

Industries that rely on these water treatment technologies:

Fuel manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, Data center humidity control, general labs, hospitals, solvent manufacturing, Electronics and electroplating

In this presentation, Jim also plans to highlight unique aspects of some of his current projects in Puerto Rico and the U.S.


James or better known as Jim, has been working in the water treatment field since 1981.  He started with the Napa, California Branch of Culligan.

He has been involved with many water treatment projects globally; in countries such as India, the Philippines and Mexico. He met his wife Agnes in the Philippines where he was consulting and providing water treatment equipment to the pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities she was working for.

Besides the normal day to day projects Jim is working on, he also has a pet project hoping to be realized in the Philippines. This project involves providing safe drinking water to all schools at affordable cost, with revenues also going to the schools.

Jim and his wife Agnes plan to semi-retire in a few years hoping to work with others in the Philippines to solve water problems there, which are rampant at this time.