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Exploring Space and Investing in the Future: Perceptions and Experiences of a NASA Astronaut
Oct 3, 2013
The US space program began with dreams of reaching the Moon in the 1960’s. We succeeded and the effort transformed the American cultural and technological landscape. Without Apollo, there might not have been the computer or satellites supporting communications, navigation, weather forecasting, and...
Patent FAQ’s - What You Really Need To Know
May 2, 2013
This presentation will cover the definition of a patent, types of patents, criteria used to obtain a patent, the duration of the patents, the new patent law, and disclosure issues.
The Right and the Wrong - Two Process Design Optimization Examples
Oct 4, 2012
James Turner talks about two interesting case histories from his personal experience.
Algae - The New Green Crude
Mar 1, 2012
Algae provides one solution to help the US reduce its dependence on foreign oil and create new green jobs. Barry Cohen and Will Thurmond will discuss both the technology and the commercial framework for the New Green Crude.
Impact of Shale Gas Development on NGL Supplies and Petrochemical Feedstocks
Feb 2, 2012
Development of shale gas and oil resources in the United States has resulted in significant byproduct production of natural gas liquids, which has reversed the declining trend in US NGL production experienced at the turn of the century. A wide gap in natural gas and oil prices has supported the...
Integrated Complexes - A Luxury or Business Necessity?
Sep 1, 2011
The presentation will cover the refining and petrochemical industry trends, the challenges to staying in business and be profitable in the marketplace, industry impacts, the opportunities for synergy and the business case for integration. Please note the audio quality is low.
The Extended History of PRICAT(TM) 468 for C4 Acetylene Hydrogenation
May 5, 2011
Step three of the 'Eight Steps to Specify a Catalyst Bed' is selecting the catalyst. The process of developing and selecting catalysts is often shrouded in mystery. Examining the history of a product development can demystify the process. This is a story about the development of a selective...
Natural Gas Future
Apr 7, 2011
Natural gas, at prices significantly below BTU parity with oil for a long time to come, will certainly play a pivotal role in world energy supply and will move towards becoming the premier fuel of the world economy. A significant feature of future gas prices is that they are likely to be technology...
Achieving "Superior Energy Performance"
Apr 7, 2011
This Webinar, sponsored by South Texas Section of the AIChE, Texas Industries of the Future and AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives, was presented at the 15th Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum. It presents what the Texas plants learned about implementing an energy management system and...
Energy (South Texas Section March 2011 Meeting)
Mar 4, 2011
Dr. Holtzapple will describe the challenges of providing energy to a growing world. To address energy needs, he will show how the MixAlco process converts waste biomass into bio-gasoline. Further, he will explain how to reduce the need for gasoline by using a high-efficiency StarRotor engine.