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2019 Spring Meeting and Global Congress Set for New Orleans, March 31 to April 4

Chemical engineering practitioners worldwide are preparing to enjoy career-enhancing learning opportunities — along with world-class good times — when AIChE’s 2019 Spring Meeting and 15th Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS) is held in New Orleans, LA, March 31 to April 4, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The Spring Meeting program continues its recent emphasis on the chemical engineering opportunitites encompassed by Industry 4.0 and new methods of manufacturing. In these areas, topical conference sessions will delve into smart manufacturing, big data analytics, process intensification, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, process safety, and digitalization. Other Spring Meeting topical conferences highlight clean energy, sustainable engineering, refinery processing, gas utilization, ethylene production, distillation, and upstream engineering and flow assurance, as well as professional-skills development.

New this spring is a Meet the Industry Candidates Poster Session. A sister event to the Annual Meeting’s Meet the Faculty Candidates Session, this new event will provide an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research to industrial attendees, talent scouts, and recruiters.

The Spring Meeting and GCPS will also feature keynote luncheons, exhibits, poster sessions, and other social events.

Details about the Spring Meeting’s featured events and special sessions will appear online and in the March issue of CEP. The latest program and registration information is available at www.aiche.org/spring.

Focus on: 15th Global Congress on Process Safety

Presented by AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) and the Safety and Health Div., the Global Congress on Process Safety (www.aiche.org/gcps) is the foremost gathering of safety engineers, plant managers, and process designers. The Global Congress engages these professionals in a continuing exploration of the latest technologies and tactics for avoiding incidents, managing risk, ensuring plant safety, and improving process safety management (PSM) programs across the chemical process industries (CPI).

Core programming of the GCPS begins with the 53rd Annual Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS), where experts discuss technological advances in process safety, explosion prevention, and fire protection, along with lessons learned from incident investigations. Highlights of this year’s LPS include sessions devoted to extreme weather events, as well as sessions on emerging topics and technologies in the process safety realm.

The 34th CCPS International Conference is dedicated to the systematic management of process safety, and examines PSM challenges and strategies, human factors, process safety culture, facilities siting, equipment reliability, and incident investigations — all aimed at promoting process safety excellence beyond compliance.

The 21st Process Plant Safety Symposium builds on the topics presented at the CCPS International Conference, providing perspectives, methods, and tools that can contribute to stronger safety cultures at plants and among personnel.

At the 8th Process Safety Management Mentoring Forum (PSM2), experienced professionals share their knowledge with early-career practitioners. This year’s PSM2 highlights a Process Safety Management Mentoring for Mentors session, which will prepare the experts to more-effectively teach what they know. Process Safety Spotlight sessions will showcase methods to augment process safety performance through big data digitalization, in addition to pressure relief design, human factors in risk assessment, and other topics.

CCPS’s vision for universal process safety excellence is underscored in Perspectives on Process Safety from Around the Globe, which highlight process safety case studies from companies worldwide. Pertinent sessions are slated to be presented in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The Case Histories and Lessons Learned session (Apr. 3) will highlight a cross-section of real-world incident investigations.

Setting the stage for the GCPS on Monday, Apr. 1, is a Welcome Plenary Keynote to be delivered by Matthew C. Koenings (DuPont), who will discuss the AIChE/CCPS-led Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative. Koening’s talk will follow AIChE’s Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award Keynote Lecture, to be presented by Sharon Beshouri (Shell Global Solutions U.S. Inc.).

Safety topics factor into the Spring Meeting/GCPS’s keynote luncheons. Guest speakers include Bruce Chinn (Chevron Oronite Co.) on Apr. 1;, Sunita Satyapal (U.S. Dept. of Energy), who will speak on hydrogen safety on Apr. 2; and Gavin Towler (Honeywell Performance Materials Technologies), who will discuss integrated safety management on Apr. 3.

Attendees can also register for a two-day Risk Analysis Screening Tool Workshop (Mar. 30–31), or for one of six short courses devoted to process safety topics (Mar. 31).

Read more about the Spring Meeting and GCPS in next month’s issue of CEP.



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