2014 AIChE Spring Meeting and 10th GCPS Keynote Address

Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:00am CDT

"Possible vs. Practical:  Engineers Must Lead the Development of Practical Technologies"

Presented by William Banholzer, Chief Technical Officer, The Dow Chemical Company (ret.)

Chemical Engineering is needed today more than ever. There is a strong societal desire for sources of energy and feedstocks that can sustainably support a high standard of living for all.  Thermodynamic, material and economic challenges stand in the way.  Most of the general public does not have the basic understanding of the energy flows, chemical transformations, and the scale of the systems that support our current way of life.  These concepts are fundamental to chemical engineering.   Chemical engineers should be on the vanguard of separating hype from truly practical options yet occasionally we let society down.  This talk will present several examples where the fundamentals of chemical engineering can be used to access the practicality of proposed solutions to energy and water issues, as well as explain why the venture capital model struggles in the materials market. 





Complimentary Continental Breakfast 7:00AM - 8:00AM Hilton, Grand Ballroom Foyer
Keynote Address 8:00AM - 9:15AM Hilton, Grand Ballrooms C/D

Welcome and introductions by Otis Shelton, AIChE President and June C. Wispelwey, AIChE Executive Director.

William F. Banholzer

In the fall of 2013 Banholzer joined the University of Wisconsin following a 30-year career in industrial research.  At UW Banholzer has appointments in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Chemistry Department, the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, and the Wisconsin Energy Institute. At UW his interest is to develop unique teaching materials focus on education about industrial chemistry.  He retired from Dow Chemical where he was an Executive Vice President leading Dow’s Venture Capital, New Business Development, Licensing activities, and served as...Read more