2011 Midwest Regional Conference Speakers

Thursday, November 10-11, 2011, 4:00pm EST

The main theme of the conference was “Energy is Everything” so the goal of the various sessions listed below was to highlight how the various topics relate to Energy.  The sessions were focused first on what was happening with take-home examples as well as a looking over the horizon at oncoming process energy developments:

  • History of the refinery in Whiting Indiana
  • Modernization project and sustainaibilty plans for future construction
  • Improving Energy Efficiency in Industrial Use: Why Water Matters

Planned Energy-Based Technical Sessions are the following topical areas:

  • Refining
  • Natural Gas
  • Food in Chicago
  • Water
  • Safety
  • Bio-Technology
  • Energy Industrial Success Stories

Back to Basics Tutorials

  • Plant Operations
  • Unit Operations
  • Process Standards
  • Energy Integration and Utilities
  • Process Control

University Process Research

  • How to identify and create University/Industry R&D
  • Program overview of energy related research at Midwestern universities
  • Examples of existing Industry/Academia Cooperative Research

High School Students


  • NASA Astronaut Al Sacco, the first chemical engineering professor in outer space
  • Introduction to engineering and its sub-disciplines
  • How chemical engineers change the world
  • Lunch and chat with college students and practicing engineers
  • Panel discussions with engineering students, professionals

Narasimha Rao

Dr. NM Rao joined Nalco in 1990 after finishing his PhD in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Read more

Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer serves as the Whiting Refinery Business Unit Leader since October 2009 coming to BP from ConocoPhillips.Read more