High School Outreach Program

Presented by: Fuels& Petrochemicals Division and AICHE Sponsored by: Valero Energy
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 9:00am CDT

We encourage schools to register for this event and join us for this one-of-a-kind program. We have a limit to the number of students that can attend and attendance is based on a first come first serve basis. Please see the program flyer for further information

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This FREE high school outreach program is presented to expose students to the profession of chemical engineering and engineering in general, and to give students the opportunity to interact with professional engineers. Students will come away from the program with an understanding of what engineers in general and chemical engineers in particular do, how they touch our lives, and how to pursue a career in engineering.

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Time  Event
9:00AM Welcome and Opening Comments
Rick Isherwood, Senior Manger, UOP
9:10AM Engineering Careers
Anne Robinson, Chemical Engineering Chair, Tulane University
9:30AM What is Engineering?
RIck Isherwood, Senior Manager, UOP
9:50AM Being a Chemical Engineer
Valero Engineers, Valero Energy Company
10:10AM A friendly Competition: What Kind of Engineer Am I?
Emceed by Alan Zagoria, Engineering Fellow, UOP
Participants: Selected HS Student REpresentatives
10:30AM Chemical Engineering in Space
Albert Sacco Jr., Ph.D., ex-NASA Astraonaut, Dean of Engineering, Texas Tech University
11:30AM The Engineering Experience: A Panel Discussion
Chair: Rick Isherwood, Senior Manager, UOP
12:00PM Lunch & Chat with  Professional Engineers
A time for personal conversation with real engineers

Program Chairs:

Frank Petrocelli
Air Products and chemicals, Inc
Email: petrocfp@airproducts.com
Phone: 610-481-4111
Richard Isherwood
UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company
Email: Richard.Isherwood@Honeywell.com
Phone: 847.375.7562

Al Sacco

Professor Sacco received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University; and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He was appointed and served as the George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University from 1997-2010 when he became the Dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering in 2011. From 1978-1997 he was a tenured professor at WPI and was Department Head from 1989-1997. He flew on the space shuttle Columbia in 1995, conducting 200 experiments for 130 scientists.Read more

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