Institute News: December 2017

December
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2017

The innovative endeavors of chemical engineers across specializations were on tap at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting, Oct. 29–Nov. 3, in Minneapolis, MN. More than 5,600 delegates from 54 countries attended the conference, which offered more than 780 sessions across 23 program tracks. New topical conferences explored next-gen manufacturing, microbiomes and microbial communities, thermal destruction of biomass, and NH3’s role in sustainable energy and agriculture. The meeting expanded its coverage of topics including 3D manufacturing, process intensification, the food-water-energy nexus, and chemical engineers in medicine. The meeting also explored developments in bioengineering, fuels, sustainable energy, education, nanotechnology, particle technology, environmental engineering, and more. The Institute’s work to advance the diversity and inclusiveness of the profession highlighted a new plenary, a reception for LGBTQ engineers and allies, and sessions organized by AIChE’s ChEs with Disabilities Forum, Minority Affairs Committee, and Women’s Initiatives Committee. News, photos, and videos from the meeting are available on AIChE’s ChEnected blog (www.aiche.org/chenected).

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AIChE’s major awards were presented at the Honors Ceremony on Oct. 29. AIChE President T. Bond Calloway, Jr., (right) presented the Board of Directors’ Founders Award to William F. Banholzer (left), Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.

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James B. Rawling (center) of the Univ. of Wisconsin, received the William H. Walker Award for Chemical Engineering Literature. On hand for the presentation were Awards Selection Subcommittee Chair Rachel Segalman (right) and Mia Ricci (left) of Wiley, the award’s sponsor.

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Setting the stage for the meeting on Monday, Oct. 30, a Meet the Executives panel discussed “Innovating for a Sustainable Future.” Participants included (from left): José Luis Méndez-Andino (Owens Corning), Teressa Szelest (BASF), S. Shariq Yosufzai (moderator; Chevron), A. N. Sreeram (Dow Chemical), and Chris Mallett (Cargill).

The Annual Student Conference (Oct. 27–30) attracted nearly 1,500 undergraduate ChEs from 48 U.S. states and 27 countries. The Student Conference offered dozens of events, including sessions on professional development, scholarly and intercollegiate competitions, career skills workshops, a recruitment fair, and opportunities to network with young professionals and future colleagues.

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An executive/industry career-paths panel engaged hundreds of Student Conference attendees. Panelists included (from left): Nance Dicciani (RTM Vital Signs LLC; Honeywell), Lance Collins (Cornell Univ.), Gregory Yeo (ExxonMobil), and Cordell Hardy (3M).

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Kicking off the Student Conference, Bernard Harris, Jr., CEO of Vesalius Ventures and a former NASA astronaut, inspired the capacity crowd with his keynote address on Oct. 28.

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The annual Student Poster Session featured research presented by more than 330 undergraduates.

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Representatives from MIT’s graduate program greeted students at the Recuitment Fair. More than 75 universities and industry employers participated.

On Oct. 29, 40 teams — finalists in regional and international competitions — participated in AIChE’s 19th Annual Chem-E-Car Competition®. In the competition, students design and calibrate chemically powered miniature vehicles to carry a variable load over a variable distance. Students receive safety training, and cars and their student operators must pass onsite safety inspections.

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Team Spektronics from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia) won first prize in the performance competition. The car, powered by the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, carried its payload of 157 mL of water and stopped only 2 cm from the 23.5-m target distance. Teams from Univ. of California, Irvine, and Univ. of North Alabama finished in second and third place, respectively. The $2,000 first prize was sponsored by Chevron.

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The Cu L8r team from Trine Univ. powers up in the pit area.

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The team from Univ. of North Alabama shoots for the moon as it launches LUNA on her trajectory.

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The Andreas Acrivos Professional Progress Award Lecture was presented on Oct. 31 by the 2016 Acrivos Award recipient, Christopher Jones of Georgia Tech. His lecture was entitled “Engineering Amine-Modified Silicates for CO2 Separations and Catalysis.”

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José Roberto Nunhez of Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, delivered the James Y. Oldshue Lecture on Oct. 31. His talk explored the role of computational fluid dynamics in understanding mixing processes. The Oldshue lecture is cosponsored by AIChE and IACChE.

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On Nov. 1, Gintaras V. (Rex) Reklaitis of Purdue Univ. devoted his John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecture to process systems engineering and its contributions to pharmaceuticals. Earlier in the week, Reklaitis received AIChE’s Warren K. Lewis Award for Chemical Engineering Education.

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Distinguished AIChE leaders and volunteers gather at a reception of donors to the AIChE Foundation. From left: H. Scott Fogler (former president), Tim Anderson (past director), Rosemarie Wesson (treasurer-elect), Annette Johnston (past director), Belinda Akpa (Chair, Minority Affairs Committee), and Lola Eniola-Adefeso (Univ. of Michigan).

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On Oct. 31, a new Annual Meeting plenary — “Diversity and Inclusion: Starting and Thriving in the Workplace” — demonstrated how organizations reap the benefits of an inclusive workforce....

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