Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum & April 2016 Monthly Dinner Meeting | AIChE

Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum & April 2016 Monthly Dinner Meeting

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:30pm MDT
In-Person / Local
Houston, TX
United States

Location: Brady’s Landing (8505 Cypress Street Houston, TX 77012)


  • 3:30PM - 4:00PM Forum Registration and Visit with Exhibitors
  • 4:00PM - 6:00PM Energy Management Forum
  • 6:00PM - 7:00PM Networking and Exhibition
  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM Dinner
  • 8:00PM - 9:30PM Dinner Presentation/Speaker

Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum

Registration: There is no cost for attending the Energy Forum; however, pre-registration is requested so that we can provide adequate facilities. Registration for the forum is separate from registration for the dinner.

To register for the forum, go to http://texasiof.ceer.utexas.edu/tiof/AprilForum2016.asp

In this era of cheap natural gas, it is hard to get management’s attention on energy projects. Yet we know that the things we do today will lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s successful programs. This Forum will focus on the future of energy management, from the perspective of developing the next generation of energy managers, the culture that supports effective programs, designing efficient technologies into your next project, and benchmarking your progress. How does your company stack up?

Panelists will provide a 20 minute presentation on their topic followed by a panel discussion and Q&A from the audience.

Forum Moderator:     Frank Roberto, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Chair, Texas IOF Chemicals and Refining Advisory Committee

Presentations by Panelists


Incorporating Energy Efficiency into Process Design


James Turner, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

Jelle Ernst Oude Lenferink, Fluor Enterprises, Inc. (co-author)


For many facilities, energy costs are a significant portion of operating costs. Every Client wants to own facilities that have low operating costs. In addition, owners want to show that their facility is “sustainable”, and will minimize emissions of greenhouse gases.

For new projects, Clients challenge licensors and engineering companies to design state of the art, “top quartile” energy efficient facilities, using “best available technology”. In fact, several countries are specifying this as a requirement for project government approval. Since almost every facility is unique, how does the Project Team prove that their design meets those requirements?

This presentation will attempt to answer that question, with some real world examples, and present the outline for an Energy Efficiency Program that can be implemented by a Capital Project Execution Team.

Building a Culture of Energy Efficiency: Some things that Work, and a Few that Don’t


Alan Rossiter, Rossiter and Associates


Industrial energy efficiency is not just about technology. Corporate culture is also a huge factor in determining which companies truly succeed in improving their energy performance, and which ones founder in the midst of their good intentions.

The effects are seen from the boardroom to the shop floor, and they start with strong leadership and clear objectives. A comprehensive technical strategy is also needed, along with trained and motivated staff at all levels. Add a good dose of cheerleading, and your company could be on its way to excellence in energy efficiency.

EE Mentoring- Leverage the Knowledge


Joe Almaguer, Principle, ALMAGUER Energy Management


This will be a discussion on the need for and advantages of mentoring, both giving and receiving, as a way to accelerate the effectiveness of your Energy Management System. While knowledge transfer through sharing and exchanging at conferences, training sessions and forums is an excellent way to glean ideas and concepts that might be useful, mentoring and coaching leverages the experience and knowledge of others into the specific how-to's of an effective system.

Questions & Answers to the Panel

Exhibiting: If you are interested in exhibiting at the event, contact Syamal Poddar at 713-494-3050 or associates.poddar@gmail.com

Funding: Support for the Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum is provided by the State Energy Conservation Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Networking and Exhibition Session, 6 – 7 pm

A number of companies who bring value to energy efficiency in the process industries will have tabletop exhibits set up as a focal point for a networking session. A cash bar will also be available.

April 2016 Monthly Dinner Meeting


AIChE has undergone a profound transformation during the past 10 years through critical reevaluation of its mission and operations. Yet, this is not broadly known among its members. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to discuss the current state of AIChE using quantitative data on membership, finances, net assets, and current operations. Data will be presented on the efficiency of the Institute and a comparison to other sister professional organizations. After providing this background, I would like to invite feedback from members on what AIChE can do to improve its products and services and serve its members better, especially the industrial ones. This feedback will be used to inform the AIChE Board on the views of the membership and try to shape operations so that we are more responsive to the needs of the profession and its members.

About the Speaker

Greg Stephanopoulos is the W.H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at MIT, and Instructor of Bioengineering at Harvard Medical School (1997-). He received his BS from the National Technical University of Athens, MS degree from the U. of Florida and PhD from the U. of Minnesota, all in Chemical Engineering. He taught at Caltech between 1978-85, after which he was appointed Professor of ChE at MIT. His current research focuses on metabolic engineering, the engineering of microbes for the production of fuels and chemicals. He has co-authored or –edited 5 books, more than 400 papers and 50 patents and supervised more than 110 graduate and post-doctoral students. He is presently the editor-in-chief of Metabolic Engineering and Current Opinion in Biotechnology and serves on the Editorial Boards of 10 scientific journals and the Advisory Boards of 5 ChE departments. For his research and educational contributions, Prof. Stephanopoulos has been recognized with numerous awards, such as: Dreyfus award, Excellence in Teaching Award-Caltech, AIChE Technical Achievement Award, PYI from NSF, AIChE-FPBE Division Award, M.J. Johnson Award of ACS, Merck Award in Metabolic Engineering, the R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering of AIChE, Amgen Award in Biochemical Engineering. In 2003 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and in 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (doctor technices honoris causa) by the Technical University of Denmark. In 2007 he won the C. Thom Award from SIM and the Founders Award from AIChE and in 2010 the ACS E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry and the George Washington Carver Award of BIO. In 2011 he was selected as the Eni Prize winner for Renewable and non-Conventional Energy and was also elected as Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens. He was the 2014 recipient of the 2014 Walker award from AIChE. Professor Stephanopoulos has served the professional organization of Chemical Engineers as chairman of Division 15, member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the AIChE Society for Biological Engineering. In 2014, he was elected as 2016 President of AIChE.

Professor Stephanopoulos has taught undergraduate and graduate courses of the core of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Caltech and MIT and co-authored the first textbook on Metabolic Engineering. He is presently directing a research group of approximately 25 researchers who work on applications of metabolic engineering for the production of fuels and chemicals.

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