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 Breakfast7:00AM - 8:00AMHilton, Grand Ballroom Foyer
Keynote Address8:00AM - 9:15AMHilton, Grand Ballrooms C/D

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

William F. Banholzer

William F. (Bill) Banholzer is Executive Vice President, Ventures, New Business Development and Licensing, and Chief Technology Officer for The Dow Chemical Company. He is a member of Dow’s Executive Leadership Committee, which is responsible for corporate strategy and financial performance, and also of the Strategy Board, responsible for the review and approval of the Company’s strategy and resource allocation decisions. As CTO, Banholzer has responsibility for driving innovation, value creation and leading Dow’s global research and development activities,...Read more