2013 Annual Meeting Plenary

Monday, November 4, 2013, 11:00am-12:30pm PST

Chemical Engineering Expertise: In Academe and as Sought by Industry

Chemical engineering is justifiably recognized as a discipline well suited for the nation’s technical and leadership human resource.    In the recent years, increasing interests in biology, life science and nanotechnology among faculty of chemical engineering schools have been reflected in shifting the distribution of areas of faculty expertise and research within US academe.   The purpose of this Plenary Session is to examine the degree of redistribution in faculty strengths, and to consider how that compares with the likely needs of American industry for chemical engineering talent of the future. 


Introduction: Dr. James C. Hill, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University
Evolving Distribution of Faculty Strengths in Chemical Engineering DepartmentsDr. John C. Chen, Emeritus C. R. Anderson Professor and Dean of Engineering, Lehigh University, Past President, AIChE
Chemical Engineering Skills for the Global Chemical IndustryDr. Rui Cruz, Associate Director for Research and Development, The Dow Chemical Company
Petroleum Industry's Need for Chemical Engineering TalentDr. Ashok Krishna, Vice President of Downstream & Chemicals Technology, Chevron Corporation
Chemical Engineering Skills Sought by Pharmaceutical IndustryDr. Steve Poehlein, Principal – Elixir Pharma Consulting LLC, Past Vice President for Global Technical Operations, Merck & Co., Inc.

Discussion:  Moderator - Dr. Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Distinguished Professor of Chem. Eng., Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Florida

Dr. John Chen

Dr. Chen’s professional experience includes periods in the process industry (Lummus Corp.), a national laboratory (Brookhaven), and academia (Lehigh University). At Lehigh, he has served as Professor in Chemical Engineering, Chair of Chemical Engineering Department, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research on multiphase transport phenomena has been recognized by over a dozen national and international awards, including the D.Q Kern Award, the Heat Transfer Division Award, the Thomas Baron Award and the Max Jakob Award from the AIChE.Read more

Rui Cruz

Rui Cruz is currently Global R&D Director for Industrial Solutions at the Dow Chemical Company. He joined Dow in Brazil in 2001, having worked in Human Resources, Customer Services, Technical Services and Research and Development for several different product and technologies.Read more

Ashok Krishna

Dr. Krishna is currently responsible for development and deployment of non-IT technologies in Downstream & Chemicals for Chevron Corporation.  Prior to his current appointment, he served as General Manager of Technology for Global Refining, and as Managing Director of Technology Marketing.  Dr. Krishna has held technical leadership positions for most petroleum refining processes, including FCC, Thermal Processing, Rheniforming, Alkylation, and all aspects of Hydroprocessing.  He is a member on the Boards for joint ventures between Chevron and Grace Davison, CBI Lummus, and Weyerhaeuser...Read more

Steve Poehlein

Dr. Poehlein has held various management positions at Merck, including that of Director for Technical Operations at several plants, Senior Director and Executive Director for Pharmaceutical Tech Operations, and Vice President for Global Technical Operations. Dr. Poehlein holds chemical engineering degrees from Lehigh University and Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been an active member of the advisory committees for a number of chemical engineering departments.Read more