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RAPID Manufacturing Institute Appoints Grieco as New CEO


The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has named William (Bill) Grieco as Chief Executive Officer of the Institute’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute. Grieco became CEO on August 1, 2018, replacing the interim CEO, Thomas Walsh.

In announcing the appointment, June Wispelwey, AIChE’s Executive Director, said “I am delighted Bill Grieco is joining RAPID as its CEO. His appointment represents AIChE’s ongoing commitment to strong leadership, and will result in an orderly transition for RAPID.” Remarking on Grieco’s record of leadership in the chemical industries, Wispelwey said that, in his new role, Grieco will be responsible for all of RAPID’s operations, including research and development (R&D) activities, corporate governance, and compliance. She noted that “RAPID has achieved many milestones and will now focus on new trends and opportunities for advancing process intensification.”

Walsh added, “Under Bill’s direction, RAPID will further leverage its existing capabilities, AIChE’s resources, and U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) relationships. It will also develop new business models, products, and services to ensure not only RAPID’s long-term sustainability, but also the continued success of RAPID’s member organizations.”

Grieco joins RAPID after serving as Vice President of Energy and Environment at Southern Research, a nonprofit research institute based in Alabama, which he helped transform from a business serving only the fossil energy sector to one focused on reducing the environmental footprint of energy generation and chemicals production. Prior to joining Southern Research, Grieco led innovation and technology for Owens Corning, where he built a Front End of Innovation team and led R&D for the $3 billion Building Materials Group. He was also instrumental in winning $13 million in funding from the DOE’s SunShot program to develop and commercialize a building-integrated solar photovoltaic roofing shingle for residential use.

Earlier in his career, Grieco served as Managing Director and CTO of Gardenia Ventures, where he managed investment due diligence, technology strategy development, and opportunity search and selection efforts for clients ranging from private equity investors to new ventures to Fortune 500 firms. His other senior-level innovation roles focused on process development across multiple industries. These include the biofuels startup PetroAlgae, where he and his team built the first-of-a-kind intensive biomass production process to grow and convert aquatic plants to purified proteins and energy feedstocks. For the biopharmaceutical firm Alkermes, he spearheaded development and commercialization of the VIVITROL and RISPERDAL CONSTA product lines. Grieco began his career at the Rohm and Haas Co.

Grieco serves on advisory boards for the Florida Solar Energy Center and the Georgia Tech Energy Policy Innovation Center. He has been a member of AIChE for 25 years and is a past chair of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum. He earned a PhD and Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology — all in chemical engineering.

More information about the RAPID Institute and its objectives can be found at

AIChE Election Ballots Due Oct. 1

The July issue of CEP featured the statements of candidates for the 2019 AIChE Board. The slate of candidates appears below, and the platforms are available online at

Paper ballots were mailed to AIChE Fellows, Senior Members, and Members on Aug. 13. All ballots and electronic proxies must be received by Oct. 1, 2018.

Election results will be announced on Oct. 29 at the Annual Business Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, and in the December issue of CEP.

For President-Elect

Monty Alger, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Dan Lambert, Savannah River National Laboratory

For Secretary

John P. O’Connell, Univ. of Virginia (Emeritus)

Joseph D. Smith, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology

For Director (four to be elected)

Ana P. Davis, Syngenta

Brian H. Davison, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Walter L. Frank, Frank Risk Solutions, Inc.

Stephen B. Jaffe, ExxonMobil (retired)

Erin N. Kane, AdvanSix Inc.

Cato T. Laurencin, Univ. of Connecticut

Syamal Poddar, Poddar & Associates

David S. Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology

Women’s Initiatives Committee to Mark 20 Years with Symposium at AIChE Annual Meeting, Oct. 30

AIChE will shine a light on the achievements of women chemical engineers at a day-long symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 30, during AIChE’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA (See pp. T1–T15). Organized by AIChE’s Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC), the symposium — “Celebrating Women in Chemical Engineering” — is the centerpiece of WIC’s 20th anniversary activities, and will feature invited talks by more than 20 prominent women chemical engineers, all of whom have distinguished themselves through their technical contributions and leadership.

The Women’s Initiatives Committee has provided an Institute-based community for two generations of women chemical engineers. In addition to providing mentorship and career support among its members, WIC advises AIChE on global efforts to promote the...

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