STS AIChE September 1st 2022 Hybrid Meeting | AIChE

STS AIChE September 1st 2022 Hybrid Meeting

Thursday, September 1, 2022, 5:30pm CDT
In-Person / Local
7901 W. Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77507
United States

September 2022 Hybrid Meeting

The September 1st meeting agenda is as listed below. Our venue is the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology at San Jacinto College (7901 W Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77507) at Cunningham Drive and West Fairmont Parkway, close by the Pasadena Convention Center.  Main entrance and lobby at USA Flag.

  • 5:30PM - 6:30PM     Pre-dinner PDH Workshop, Mr. Stephen McColl, Energy Transition- Hydrogen  (2nd floor, Rm 2121, elevator available)
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM      In Person Social/Networking Time (room 1003)
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM    BBQ Dinner (menu below)
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM     STS Announcements & Awards
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM     Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sam Brody, The Flooded City: Adapting to the New Reality of Extreme Water Events in Houston TX  (PDH)

Current technical topics for both Workshop and Keynote!  Business casual BBQ dinner by blue ribbon chef.  Perfect event to invite guests and colleagues.

Keynote Presentation 

(1 PDH Credit) - The Flooded City: Adapting to the New Reality of Extreme Water Events in Houston TX


The catastrophic impacts of recent flood events has sparked renewed interest in how to mitigate the adverse impacts from both rainfall and tidal events in the Houston region and across the United States. Given the far-reaching impacts of recent major storms, it has become clear that the rising cost of floods is not solely a function of changing weather patterns or a problem that can be solved through engineering solutions alone. Rather, flood risk and associated losses can only be mitigated through multiple strategies working synergistically across multiple communities. This presentation traces the causes, consequences, and policy implications of flood losses impacting the Houston region and its industrial complex. A comprehensive mitigation framework being adopted by the state of TX is presented as a way for local communities to stem the tide of growing flood losses in the future. 

About the Keynote Speaker

Samuel D. Brody is a Regents Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell ‘40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science at Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus. He is the Director of the Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas, an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, and a Senior Fellow at the Water Institute of the Gulf. He was also the Lead Technical Expert for the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. 

Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation.  He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and recently released the book, Coastal Flood Risk Reduction: The Netherlands and the U.S. Upper Texas Coast published by Elsevier Press.

Dr. Brody teaches graduate courses in environmental planning, flood mitigation, and coastal resiliency.  He has also worked in both the public and private sectors to help local communities adopt flood mitigation plans.  For more information, please visit

Pre-Dinner Workshop

(1PDH Credit) - Energy Transition - Hydrogen


Energy Transition is necessary to avoid climate changes, save the planet and, ultimately, save ourselves. Hydrogen is seen as one of the most important enablers to the energy transition as it burns without producing CO2 as by-product. However hydrogen is not a source of energy, it is a vector, it means that we don’t have wells where to get it but, instead, we need to extract it from other species, kind of natural “hydrogen tanks”: these hydrogen tanks are hydrocarbons and water.

The extraction of hydrogen from hydrocarbons is nothing new for the industry: refineries, petrochemical and chemical facilities use hydrogen since ages as it is vital for their processes, for this reason there are plenty of hydrogen units installed worldwide, most of them based on the Steam Reforming process. The hydrogen produced by these units is called “grey” and has the big challenge of producing 9 to 12 tons of CO2 as by-products for each ton of produced hydrogen, CO2 that is ultimately sent to the atmosphere. So, how can we make hydrogen at scale ensuring the reduction of CO2 emissions? One solution is the so called Blue hydrogen: hydrogen produced from fossil origin feedstock in which the CO2 is removed and sequestrated for re-use or storage

We hear a lot nowadays about blue hydrogen for new applications, however this is not enough to reduce the environmental impact: a big piece of the decarbonization plan pass through the need of reducing the carbon footprint of existing facilities , and existing hydrogen units are certainly one of the most important in the industry that need to be decarbonized.  This paper summarizes the job done by Wood to evaluate, technically and economically, the decarbonization options for a base case 100,000 Nm3/h grey hydrogen unit, using pre-combustion carbon capture, post-combustion carbon capture, integration of gas heated reactors as well as combination of all these solutions.

About the Speaker

Stephen McColl is the Business Development Manager, Hydrogen Market Lead (US) with Wood.  Stephen has over 31 years in the Technology Licensing space. He started his career with Honeywell UOP as a Technical Service engineer before moving into Business Development with UOP and later in Business Development with KBR Sustainable Technology. Stephen has two US patents, has co-authored a chapter in the Handbook of Petrochemical Processes.  He has a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Stephen lives in Houston, is a baseball fan, enjoys coaching his kids sports, cycling and CrossFit.

Dinner Menu

We are pleased to offer a business casual BBQ dinner on the east side- in Pasadena.  Chef Ivory has received numerous blue ribbons for his BBQ and catered the M/V Sam Houston Port of Houston tour where many members enjoyed dinner. 

Bar-B-Q Dinner

  • Brisket

  • Chicken

  • Cuvees Signature Salad (Spring Mix, Dried Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries, Cucumbers, Candied Pecans with Honey Lime Vinaigrette) (v)

  • Potato Salad (v)

  • Beans a-la-Charro (v)

  • Pickles, Onions, Jalapenos, Sauce and Bread


  • Shrimp & Cucumber Bites, Cucumber Bites (v), Turkey Pesto Meatballs


  • Chocolate Mousse Shooters, Key Lime Shooters (v), Neiman Marcus Bars

Ticketed Bar ($5/serving)

  • Beers – Dos XX, Miller Light, and Shiner. 
  • Wines – Chardonnay & Pinot.
(v) - vegetarian option