Engineering Cosmetics and Consumer Products Conference (ECCP 2019)

November 9-10, 2019

Organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Conference on Engineering Cosmetics and Consumer Products (ECCP) will offer scientists, engineers, and academic researchers a window into the latest technologies and approaches for manufacturing, packaging, and engineering cosmetics and related consumer products. The two-day ECCP Conference aims to foster innovation through sessions devoted to process engineering, product engineering, package engineering, safety, sustainability, open innovation, and regulatory and compliance issues. Attendees will enjoy ample networking opportunities, pitch new technologies, and gain fresh insights from experts.

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Session Topics:

  1. Process Engineering
  2. Product Engineering
  3. Package Engineering
  4. Open Innovation
  5. Regulatory Issues, Safety, Compliance
  6. Sustainability 

Invited Speakers:

Conference Co-Chairs:

Organizing Committee:

  • Stephanie Lam, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Shamsheer Mohammad, Kraft Heinz Company
  • Seher Ozkan, Ashland
  • Amar Pawar, Momentive
  • Prabhjyot Singh, Clariant

Featured Speakers

Paschalis Alexandridis

Paschalis Alexandridis utilizes molecular interactions and supramolecular assemblies to develop products with desired properties and function, and processes that are energy efficient and environment friendly. Ongoing projects address structuring via self-assembly and directed assembly, block copolymers, ionic liquid solvents, polymer dissolution, nanocomposites, and biomass processing. He has worked with industry to address product and process issues involving complex fluids, soft materials, and surfaces, for example, formulation of waterborne inks for improved pigment deposition,...Read more

Birnur Aral

Born in Istanbul Turkey, Birnur obtained her undergraduate bachelor’s (BS) degree from Bogazici University in Chemical Engineering. She holds master’s (MEng) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in Chemical Engineering, both from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has held various responsibilities in industries ranging from instrumentation, to personal care, to fragrance, and most recently media. She has published scientific articles on the rheological behavior of highly concentrated suspensions and holds several patents in the personal care product area.Read more

Tim Bernstein

Tim Bernstein is CEO of yet2, an open innovation services company working with an international corporate client base. Tim has been with yet2 for 18 years, serving first as COO and now as CEO. In his current tole he spends significant time delivering a wide-range of OI and IP consulting services to clients, from analytical portfolio analysis to detailed technology and technology-need evaluations, to deal-assessment and execution, to innovation system advising.

Prior to yet2, Tim designed and launched products for high-tech startup companies in both Boston and Silicon Valley....Read more

Bill Bickford

Bill Bickford is the design director for the Packaging Innovation Americas group for L’Oreal USA, supporting brands and overseeing all strategic product & packaging design for transformative and blue sky projects.  Across more than 20 years of design experience, he has followed a twisting path of design, science, process and marketing to his creative approach, and has pioneered breakthrough products in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products.  Bill studied Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art & Design and also holds an MBA and an MS...Read more

Matt Helgeson

Matt Helgeson is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, where he is also a faculty member and Interdisciplinary Research Group co-leader of the Materials Research Laboratory (an NSF MRSEC). He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware in 2009. He performed postdoctoral research in the MIT-Novartis Center for Continuous Manufacturing before joining the faculty at UCSB. Prof. Helgeson’s research focuses on design, formulation and processing of complex fluids...Read more

Paul Mort

Paul Mort recently joined Materials Engineering faculty in support of Purdue’s Center for Particulate Products and Processes (CP3).  He is a 24-year veteran of the Procter & Gamble Company and is globally recognized as an expert in particulate processing and powder technology.  He has a demonstrated history of product innovation and driving process efficiency in the consumer goods industry.  Paul is an Editor for Powder Technology journal and consultant with the International Fine Particle Research Institute (IFPRI), working to develop a pipeline of perspective articles...Read more

Alicia Potuck

Dr. Alicia Potuck is no stranger to innovation. On a daily basis, she constantly searches for those creative sparks to incite innovative and out-of-the box thinking to deliver a deeper scientific understanding of drug product development. Jumping in feet first from her graduate work in biomaterials for wound healing, Alicia leveraged her scientific curiosity first in cosmetic semi-solid formulation development at Avon, then pivoted to pharmaceutical semi-solid formulation development at GSK. At her current role in Drug Product Design at GSK, Alicia is challenged to harmonize innovation,...Read more

Susan Pungitore

Susan Pungitore has a Master’s Degree in Biology and over 17 years of experience in the cosmetics and beauty care industry. As a senior researcher at the wet-wipe manufacturer Nice-Pak, she was responsible for the marketing and clinical studies of FDA-approved topical skin antiseptic products.  She also marketed and developed EPA-registered disinfectant and sanitizer products. Prior to that, she worked at chemical company ISP (currently Ashland) and cosmetics manufacturer Avon. At the latter, she coordinated microbiological tests in research and product development, covering an...Read more

Ponisseril Somasundaran

Professor Somasundaran received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his Bachelor of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1961. Before joining Columbia University, he worked for the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation and Reynolds Industries. He was appointed the first La von Duddleson Krumb Professor in the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the first Director of the Langmuir Center for Colloids & Interfaces and founding director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Center for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants. He was also elected Chairman of the Henry Krumb School at Columbia University, as Chair of Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Material Science & Mineral Engineering in 1992 and 1995.Read more