AIChE's 110 Year Celebration

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 12:30pm-3:00pm EDT

The first meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers was held in Pittsburgh PA, December 1908. Our profession has seen dynamic and profound change in the 110 years since that inaugural meeting. This session will look at the future of chemical engineering through the eyes of thought leaders from industry, academia, and national laboratories.


Chairs: J. Karl JohnsonUniversity of Pittsburgh and Lorenz T. BieglerCarnegie Mellon University

12:30pm Welcoming Remarks  

To Be Announced

Clare McCabeVanderbilt University

1:03pm To Be Announced

Phil WestmorelandNorth Carolina State University

1:31pm To Be Announced Bill LiechtyThe Dow Chemical Company
1:59pm Maximizing Uptime, Efficiency, and Safety of Industrial Operations through Early Risk Detection Ankur PariyaniNear-Miss Management LLC
2:27pm Gaussian Processes for Hybridising Analytical & Data-driven Decision-making Ruth MisenerImperial College London
2:55pm Concluding Remarks  

William Liechty

Working on research projects during his undergraduate career put Liechty on the front line of innovation, and he hasn’t left. Now, as an associate research scientist in the food, pharmaceutical, and medical business at Dow, he is focusing on commercializing cellulose-based polymers with novel size and shape combinations and ensuring a robust supply of innovation projects.

We wouldn’t all describe our jobs as fun, but that’s exactly how Liechty describes conducting research and seeing his innovations go to market. He explains, “It is immensely satisfying and rewarding to help...Read more

Ruth Misener

As a lecturer and researcher in the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London, Misener leads an interdisciplinary team of process systems engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians. Her research group develops numerical optimization algorithms and computational software for bioprocess optimization under uncertainty and petrochemical process design and operation. She plans to continue in this realm, and aims to “develop industrially relevant decision-making methodologies for optimizing chemical and biological processes.”

Her success as an innovator has not happened in a...Read more

Ankur Pariyani

Ankur Pariyani, PhD is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Near-Miss Management LLC (, where he focuses on product development and innovation (Phone: 267-603-2378; Email: He has authored several papers in leading journals in the area of risk analysis. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati, both in chemical engineering.

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Phillip R. Westmoreland

Phillip R. Westmoreland is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State Univ. (NCSU) and Executive Director of the NCSU Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. His chemical engineering degrees are from NCSU (BS, 1973), Louisiana State Univ. (MS, 1974), and MIT (PhD, 1986). He worked in coal research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1974–1979), as a ChE faculty member at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (1986–2009), and as a program director at the National Science Foundation (2006–2009).

An AIChE Fellow, Phil began service as public...Read more