STS AIChE May 1st 2024 Monthly Dinner Meeting | AIChE

STS AIChE May 1st 2024 Monthly Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 2024,
6:00pm to 8:30pm
In-Person / Local

Please join the South Texas Section for our monthly workshop and dinner meeting at The University of Houston Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, in the M.D. Anderson Library (map). The dinner meeting follows the TIEEP Energy Forum - see event page for registration details.

  • 4:00PM - 6:00PM        TIEEP Energy Forum

  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM        Networking

  • 6:30PM - 8:30PM        Dinner & Keynote Speaker

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STS member $5 $20
Non-member $10 $30

Keynote Presentation


Decarbonization of Industrial Fired Heaters by using Hydrogen Fuel


For industrial facilities, such as chemical plants and fuels production refineries, most of their CO2 emissions to atmosphere are typically from process fired heaters and steam boilers. These companies will need to focus on these heaters as they look to reduce their CO2 emissions.

There are incremental techniques such as Energy Efficiency and Electrification that can reduce emissions, but to significantly reduce emissions, there are two primary choices: capture the CO2 in the flue gas (carbon capture), or use hydrogen as the fuel to the heaters.

This presentation focuses on the details of using hydrogen as a fuel, both in existing fired heaters and in new facilities. Basic parameters for hydrogen and methane combustion are discussed, as a framework to explain the potential impacts from converting to hydrogen fuel. Potential mitigation steps for these impacts are then presented.


James Turner, Fluor

He has more than 25 years of experience in process design for a wide range of projects in the refining and gas processing industry, in domestic and international locations, and managed the Process Technology & Engineering Department for the Fluor Houston Office for several years.

He has published many technical articles about process design and project execution, and has a patent for a combined hydrotreater process design.  In 2006, he was a Panelist at the NPRA Q&A and Technology Forum.

Active in several professional organizations, he is a past Chair of the South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  He is also on the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees, and has held several offices with AIChE in the past, including member of the Executive Board Programming Committee, and several positions with the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division, including Chair of the Division.  In 2012 he received the Fuels and Petrochemicals Service Award for distinguished service to the division and industry.   

He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and is an active member of the Chemical Engineering Industry Advisory Board.  In 2011 he was inducted into the Texas A&M Chemical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Stephen Rabb, Fluor

Stephen Rabb is a Process Director in Fluor’s Houston Office.

He has 18 years of experience in process design at FLUOR including refining, petrochemical, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and is currently on energy transition and carbon abatement projects on multiple north American capital projects. He has served as Process Lead and as Engineering manager on construction projects for petrochemical facilities.

He is active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and has previously published in Chemical Engineering Progress. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He supports the Chemical Engineering Senior Design Class and has done several presentations for the student chapter of AIChE