STS AIChE March 2019 Monthly Dinner Meeting - Workshops | AIChE

STS AIChE March 2019 Monthly Dinner Meeting - Workshops

Thursday, March 7, 2019,
5:30pm to 6:30pm
In-Person / Local
12126 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077
United States

Workshop I

Title: Utilization of Radioisotopes in Process Diagnostics


In this presentation we will be discussing the real-world application of radioisotopes in process trouble shooting.  We will start with a brief history of the technology and then move into the various applications with case studies of:

  • Cooling tower scans
  • Distillation column scanning
  • Neutron backscatter applications
  • Radioactive tracers for leak tests, flow rates, distribution studies
  • Some other diagnostic techniques that add value
  • Possible future avenues of process diagnostics

The presentation will be followed by Q & A and discussion on possible application for individual members and their respective benefits.

Bio: Matt Moffett

Matt’s career in process diagnostics started in 1994 with Tru-Tec, Division of KOCH Industries.  He was exposed to many exciting opportunities to grow in knowledge and gain excellent experiences during this time.  He traveled extensively, working in refineries and chemical plants all across the US as well as internationally.  Starting Cordova Group in 1999 with 1st office in Venezuela.  We started up and continue to service the Jose Complex, the Heavy Crude Upgraders. The dynamics of upgrading heavy crude to synthetic provided a host of opportunities to apply different methods of process diagnostics related to gamma scanning and other techniques.  

About a year ago, an opportunity to work with Quantum Technical Services to expand their cooling tower services presented itself.  This is a patented method by which the actual bulk density of the new plastic fill can be measured.

Currently Matt is the president of Cordova Group, Inc. and works frequently with Quantum in an advisory/support role.

Workshop II

Title: Process Simulation in Real World


Most students are only exposed to process simulation in the senior design course.  What happens when you graduate?  Where would you use these types of tools in the "real world"?  We'll offer some insights into process simulation basics and common mistakes using examples of real-life problems

Bio: Wendy Young

Wendy Young is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Chemstations, Inc. providing process simulation software solutions through the CHEMCAD suite of products.  She obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1997 and is currently in the Executive MBA program at Rice University (2020). Her experience includes positions in chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and technical sales.

Wendy has been involved with AIChE since college where she served in various positions within the Texas A&M Student Chapter. She founded the Young Professionals Group of the AIChE South Texas Section in 2002 and became Chair of the national Young Professionals Advisory Board (now YPC) from 2003-2005.  She moved on to Chair the Membership Committee and served on AIChE's Board of Directors from 2007-2009.  Wendy was a founding Co-Chair of AIChE's Water Initiative (now ISWS) and the Co-MPC for the 2015 AIChE Spring Meeting. She was the 2017 Chair of the Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council (CTOC).