Archived Events

Creating Sustainable Solutions Locally

Clean Water and Energy in the Developing World

Date/Time   Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 5:30pm
Place   Oasys Water, Inc  (Directions)
7 Tide Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-982-7800
Topic Info  

Clean Water and Energy in the Developing World
                           
Creating Sustainable Solutions Locally

Hosted by Oasys Water, Inc. Boston, MA

A Global Challenge
780 million people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. Water-related diseases, like diarrhea, dysentery and cholera, kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

In addition, 1.3 billion people, over 18% of the world’s population, live without electricity.

An  Innovative Solution
On Thursday, September  18th,  Kate Clopeck, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Saha Global  will present some of the innovative ways that are currently being utilized to bring energy and clean water to developing countries.

The Power of Empowerment
Saha Global empowers women in rural communities to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity while providing them with business opportunities.

Over the past six years, Saha Global has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses in rural Ghana which serve 38,108 people.

These innovative social enterprises utilize all local materials and are run by local women entrepreneurs. 100% are still in operation today - a sustainability rate that is unmatched in this field.
 

Meeting Schedule

5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:30 PM   Dinner - Pizza or local take out Buffet  TBD
7:30 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -  Meeting is over

Meeting Host
Please note that this event will be hosted by Oasys Water, Inc. For more information on the company click here. (We will be meeting at their 7 Tide Street, Boston location.

Directions / Parking / "T" access
The best parking is the VPNE garage at 12 Drydock Ave (Map) and public transportation the Silver line (SL2) Northern Avenue & Tide street stop - which is a 3 minute walk to the location. The SL2 runs from South Station, with connections to the red line and commuter rail. The (Map) also shows walking directions to Oasys Water at 7 Tide Street, Boston.

Pre-registration is required
If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" <EMarcil@irwinengineers.com>
 

 

Speaker   Kate Clopeck
Kate Clopeck is the Co-Founder and Executive Director for Saha Global.

Since 2005, Kate has worked extensively on water improvement projects around the globe including Nicaragua, Cameroon and Ghana.

She earned a MS in Technology and Policy from MIT in 2009 where her research was focused on the sustained use of water treatment technologies in Northern Region Ghana. She holds a BS from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to founding Saha, Kate was an associate engineer at Aerojet, an aerospace firm located in Virginia.

Kate is passionate about finding simple yet effective solutions to complex problems. She loves running marathons, traveling, and the island of Nantucket. She currently splits her time between Ghana and her hometown of Boston, MA.

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A Toast to Chem E's

Distillery tour tasting

Date/Time   Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 5:30pm
Place   GrandTen Distilling  (Directions)
383 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02127
Topic Info  

A Toast to Chem E's  - Distillary tour, tasting & dinner
Wednesday,  June 4, 2014 - AIChE-Boston Meeting


Distilling alcoholic beverages is one of the oldest applications of chemical engineering.  Take a tour, listen to distillation expert presentation, have dinner and sample the product of GrandTen Distilling in Boston, MA

Meeting Details
Spend the evening at GrandTen Distilling and learn about craft distilling in South Boston.  GrandTen will provide a tour of the distillery and share about the unique distillation process housed in a historic iron foundry, including an introduction to a specialty copper still that is one of only 5 of these specialty German-made stills in the United States.  Learn about the 9 spirits produced by GrandTen, from the blend of botanicals used in the process through the barrel aging and hand bottling.  GrandTen will also share about the current trends in the craft distilling industry.  

Tasting Details
"Tasting sessions usually consist of 3 or 4 samples: one is usually of gin (a signature item), one of vodka (another signature item), one of either rum or whiskey (depending on availability)"  click here to read about their products (click on bottle labels for details)

Dinner -     Pizza and Salad

Schedule:  5:30 - 6:30 pm Registration and Networking
                  6:30 - 8:30 Tour / tasting and Dinner

Parking and "T"
Please note that GrandTen Distilling is accessible by the red line from either Broadway or Andrew Square. There is also free parking on the street and in a lot behind the distillery.

Please register by 5 pm, Monday, June 2, 2014


If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

 

Speaker   Spencer McMinn, PhD

Co-owner, co-Operator and Head Distiller of GrandTen Distilling.
Spencer graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a PhD. in Chemistry. During graduate school he developed an interest in producing beer and wine at home. As opposed to working in a chemistry lab, Spencer finds it very rewarding to be the Head Distiller at GrandTen Distilling and make something that he and others can enjoy.

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Beer!

2nd Annual Home Brew Tasting & Advanced Brewing Technology

Date/Time   Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:30pm
Place   Waltham Sons of Italy   (Directions)
99 Cedar Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Topic Info  

2nd Annual Home Brew Tasting & Advanced Brewing Technology
AIChE-Boston monthly dinner meeting    -    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Home Brew Tasting
- Talk to the brewers while tasting their beer!
Several home brewers will be bringing some of their finest beers for you to taste, as well as provide information about how each brew was made.    There will also be some mead and hard cider.

Attention Home Brewers
- If you would like the joy of watching real beer lovers taste your home brew at this event - please send an email to Dave Morse  DMorse@markem-imaje.com .  Please tell Dave what type of beer(s) and the quantity you have available or will have available by May 14 th.


Come for the technology – Come for the Beer - Early Registration suggested - beer events sell out fast!

Technology Presentation
Ronn Friedlander, co-founder of a local start-up - Aeronaut Brewing - will discuss  the evolution of their brewery including their process development for growing custom yeast and how their process differs from other breweries methods of  yeast propagation.

Ronn will look at the process variables, how he controls those variables, and what he hopes to gain from his unique treatment of the variables.

As Ronn explains it “Yeast and other microbes account for much of the flavor in beer, so the more we can understand them and cater to their needs, the better our beer will taste."

Unique Start-up Model

Aeronaut Brewing's start-up approach involves becoming a technology incubator for other start-ups.  “The idea is that it completes a closed loop…The incubator funds the brewery, the brewery funds the startups, the startups graduate to the incubator. And all the while, there’s a recurring exit when startups go public or are bought.”

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking / cash bar
6:30 - 7:00 PM   Dinner - pizza and salad
7:00 - 7:45 PM    Presentation and Q&A
7:45 - 9:00 PM  -Beer tasting - talk to Brewers

Please register by 5 pm, Monday, May 12, 2014

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com
 

Speaker   Ronn Friedlander

Co-founder Aeronaut Brewing.

Ronn is a materials science and medical engineering PhD student in the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). Ronn is broadly interested in bacteria-materials interactions and biofilm development. His current research focuses on the use of highly ordered micro- and nano-structured surfaces to influence the growth and physiology of bacterial biofilms.

Ron got into a string of fermentation related endeavors (kimchi, hard cheeses, bread) and inevitably, beer ended up in the repertoire.  He was fascinated by the many styles of beers and methods of brewing. He found himself self getting involved in beer at a time when brewers were really starting to appreciate the microbiology of spontaneously fermented ales and barrel-aged beers.

Ronn has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Ecology from Rutgers University, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge.  Ronn's master's thesis focused on endocrine signaling in the gut relating to type II diabetes.

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Making Evidence-Based Decisions on Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing

Date/Time   Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Hydraulic Fracturing  - Making Evidence-Based Decisions

AICHE-Boston Monthly Dinner Meeting -
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In the past decade, the rapid expansion in oil and gas development enabled by advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has outpaced comprehensive and reliable scientific information and the policy and regulatory response to it.  All energy choices come with their own set of risks and we need an informed public to decide which risks are worth taking and which ones are not.

Need for Independent Scientists
Public debates on fracking have been largely polarized, with the science of what we do know often misrepresented or ignored. Irrespective of the policy position one supports on fracking, the provision of unbiased, untainted, credible information is vital for citizens and policymakers faced with making decisions on unconventional oil and gas development in their communities. Independent scientists and technical experts can play a key role in arming the public with this information.

On Wednesday, April 30th, Dr. Pallavi Phartiyal from the Union of Concerned Scientists will provide us with information about the latest fracking technology and its impact on the environment.

Barriers and Opportunities
This talk will present barriers and opportunities for improving public access to the knowns and unknowns in fracking science.  It will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory landscape for fracking and related operations.

There will be an extended Q&A and group discussion following this presentation.

Register NOW - This topic scored very high on recent AIChE Program Survey

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at table
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, April 29, 2014

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com


 

Speaker   Pallavi Phartiyal, Ph.D


Senior Analyst and Program Manager for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Dr. Phartiyal is a molecular biologist by training and works at the nexus of science and policy. She advocates for linking science and technology to society and for science-based decision making in the democratic system.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Phartiyal was the project director at the Research Competitiveness Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she worked with research and policy professionals to provide review and guidance for higher education academic institutions and federal agencies. She led panels to advise federal, state and institutional planning for investments in science and technology research, innovation, economic development, education and diversity.

She co-authored several technical reports and a book chapter on strategic planning for institutional competitiveness and federal funding of research centers. Previously, she worked at Research!America, a medical research and global health advocacy organization, as a policy fellow to research private and government funding of prevention research.

Dr. Phartiyal holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in agronomy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. in agriculture from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in India.


 

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Quantum Dots Nanomaterials

Lighting the Future

Date/Time   Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Quantum Dots  - "Nanomaterials Lighting the Future"  

AICHE-Boston Monthly Dinner Meeting - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ever wonder how the colors in the most advanced television screens, computer displays, and mobile devices are so vibrant?

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, John Ritter and Richard Colby of QD Visions, a local start up company,  will show how they have harnessed the unique light-emitting properties of a new class of nanomaterials called quantum dots to improve the color and lighting properties of a broad range of products that include flat panel displays, solid state lighting systems, and defense and security projects.

Come learn about the key role that chemical engineers play in developing quantum dot technology, and it's commercial applications.

The presentation will cover:

  •     Introduction to QD Visions
  •     Quantum Dot Basics & Quantum Dot Manufacturing Process
  •     Quantum Dot Advantages
  •     Photoluminescent & Electrolluminescent Applications
  •     Television Display Application Details & Production Metrics

Visual Demonstrations
These demo’s will include two display screens, some optical demo’s, and a light bar / mixing cup demo.

Register NOW - don't miss out on this exciting technology from a local start-up company

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at table
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 12 noon, Thursday, April 3, 2014

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil"
EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speakers   John Ritter

Executive Vice President, Product Development at QD Vision, Inc.
John Ritter has more than 22 years of experience in developing and
commercializing new technologies, and is responsible for all aspects of product
development at QD Vision. Prior to joining QD Vision, John was Vice President of Development at E-Ink where his responsibilities encompassed materials, process, and product development and engineering.

Mr. Ritter has an additional 17 years of experience with Corning Incorporated,
where he held a variety of technical and leadership positions in development,
engineering and manufacturing functions in the optical fiber, photonic
components, flat panel display glass, and semiconductor materials businesses. He has significant international business experience, including a three year work
assignment in France.

John holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.


Richard Colby

Manager of Production Engineering at QD Vision, Inc.
Richard Colby has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, process engineering and research and development.   Richard has been working with QD Vision for the past five years developing and scaling up their chemical operations and manufacturing processes.   Previously, Richard was a Principal Consultant with RJC Associates, focusing on Process Evaluation & Design, Research & Development and Hazards and Operations (HazOp) Reviews.

While working for Thiokol Ventron, Morton International and Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Mr. Colby also has more than 25 years of experience in process development, customer service and quality control in areas including air sensitive pyrophoric materials and specialty reducing chemical applications.

Richard holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UMass Amherst.

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nectar™ Mobile Power Technology

Power to Go

Date/Time   Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

“Power to Go”nectar™ Mobile Power Technology
Today’s consumer electronics devices are more power-hungry than ever. A dead battery means important missed calls and emails, no GPS when you’re lost, no e-reader on your train ride, no communication in an emergency, and, quite possibly, anxiety. Lilliputian Systems, a local start-up company, has the cure: nectar™- the world’s first truly portable power device that will power all of your CE devices for up to a month with a single power pod.

nectar™ utilizes a Silicon Power Cell™ - a proprietary, miniature fuel reformer and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) - based on innovative research conducted at MIT and made via Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).   The Silicon Power Cell™ has several technology advantages, such as proven, scalable, MEMS-based manufacturing, and extremely high energy density and efficiency.

On Wednesday, March 19th
, Michael Bradford of Lilliputian Systems, Inc. will provide a brief overview of the energy market for portable electronic devices, and then focus on the development of the nectar™ technology.  His talk will include some of the technical challenges which were resolved through chemical engineering - such as catalyst design, reaction engineering, and systems engineering.

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at table
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Monday, March 17, 2014

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com
 

Speaker   Michael Bradford, Ph.D.

Director of Chemical Engineering at Lilliputian Systems.  Michael has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.  His core competencies are in heterogeneous catalysis, materials science, and reaction engineering, having worked in these areas for over 15 years at Exxon Chemical, CeraMem Corporation, and since 2005, Lilliputian Systems, Inc.

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Business Networking for Professionals

Making Connections - Networking Tricks and Tips

Date/Time   Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Meeting Cancelled

Hard Won Lessons in Networking - Making Business Connections for Engineering Professionals


"Networking is a key to professional success."
  Very few engineers would challenge this statement.  But how many of us have desk drawers full of business cards from people we met at meetings, and/or a long list of connections in our Linkedin pages, and yet have not actually built a solid professional network.

"Networking is not only for the unemployed, but as a necessity even if one is happily employed"   Yet, once we find a job, how often do we shift our focus to the new job and let our networking efforts dwindle away?

Good networking is more than just going to meetings and talking to people, it is a skill that needs to be learned, practiced and polished if one is to become an excellent networker.

On Wednesday, December 11th, David Hunt will present a wide-ranging survey of "hard-won" networking tricks and tips, including best practices for:

  • Contacting people
  • Building "Connection Bridges"
  • Making lasting impressions
  • Keeping your network active

This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to learn the latest in professional networking methods from a fellow engineer, as well as make new connections and renew existing ones during the networking portion of the meeting.

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at table
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Monday, December 9, 2013

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

 

Speaker   David Hunt, PE

David Hunt, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer with 20-odd years of experience spanning design, cost reduction, process improvement, and hands-on production - with a history in diverse industries like automotive, chemical, electro-mechanical equipment, and medical devices. Having experienced several "graduations" in his career, he has come to understand the power of networking in a job search, and preaches it not only for the unemployed, but as a necessity even if one is happily employed.

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The Future of Renewable Plastics & Aromatic Chemicals

Green Chemicals from Biomass

Date/Time   Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

AIChE-Boston Dinner Meeting

Green Chemicals from Biomass
The Future of Renewable Plastics & Aromatic Chemicals

HEADLINE NEWS!    Chemical Engineers Discover ‘Ultraselective’ Process to Make Valuable Chemical from Biomass

In May, 2013, Chemical Engineering researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reported that they had discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date.

P-xylene is used to produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET plastic) which is currently used in soda bottles, food packaging, synthetic fibers for clothing and many other products.  Manufacturers and chemical companies will be able to operate more sustainably and at lower cost in the future because of this discovery.

On Friday, November 15th - Dr. Paul Dauenhauer, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at U Mass Amherst, will present Green Chemicals from Biomass.

Talk will include:

  • The exciting process of discovery / development of this "ultraselective process" that has resulted in the U Mass Research team licensing a start-up company to commercialize this technology
  • How Carbohydrates derived from biomass exhibit sufficient size and oxidation state for bulk chemical replacement
  • Thermochemical catalysis of glucose to  produce many of the aromatic chemicals used in common plastic products
  • The future for renewable plastics and aromatic chemicals and the role of thermochemical Diels-Alder cycloaddition chemistry


This topic combines  "Green Chemistry, "Nanotechnology", “Biomass " and "Catalysis" all wrapped up in a Chemical Engineering adventure story of discovery!

Register early, this event sold out the last five years!
 
Student Awards will be presented at this meeting, so we expect a large turnout of professionals and students.                   

Please note that this is a Dinner meeting (not an appetizer or sandwich format)

Registration: Register by Wednesday, November 13th. There will be a $10 fee for late registrations. Pre-registration required.
 
Professionals: Please register online via registration button top right of web page.

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

For Students: Please register with your respective Chemical Engineering Department office.  Do not register online for this meeting!
  
 If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speaker   Dr. Paul Dauenhauer

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at UMass Amherst. Dr. Dauenhauer was recognized recently as “Dupont Young Professor” and  has been the recipient of a 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a 2011 Department of Energy Early CAREER Award, a 2011 3M Young Faculty Award, and a 2010 National Science Foundation EAGER Award. Paul  is also an associate editor of Chemical Engineering Science.

The Dauenhauer Research Group focuses on the fundamental reaction engineering technology necessary to produce green fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. His discoveries related to that research have been highlighted in such journals as Science, Energy and Environmental Science, and Nature Chemistry.

Previously,  Paul worked as a senior research engineer for the Dow Chemical Company within Core R&D Reaction Engineering in Midland, Michigan, and the Hydrocarbons & Energy Department in Freeport, Texas

He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008.  (For complete bio click here)
 

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Where Are They Today, October 2013?

Supercritical fluids

Date/Time   Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Registration Deadline Extended until 12 noon  Wednesday, Oct 16th

 Supercritical fluids
  - Where Are They Today, October 2013?

Historical Perspective 1970’s  & ’80’s
Supercritical fluids burst upon the scene in late ‘70s early ‘80s, touted to be better than sliced bread.  They were going to “extract ethanol from water cheaper than distillation”, and by extension “replace distillation” - and they were going to “remediate wastes cheaper than pyrolysis”  etc. etc.
 
Failure to Launch
A Business Week article at that time related boldly that they were “Ready to Blast Off”.  They weren’t, they didn’t, and for chemical engineers, supercritical fluids lost favor because after having been touted for so many applications since 1976, no supercritical fluid extractions were being practiced industrially.
 
Explosive New Developments – 1985 to Present
Slowly, and without the hoopla of “blasting off”, numerous other applications were developed, starting around 1985. 

Successful demonstration in coffee decaffeination (@ 100,000,000lb/yr!), and hops extraction (40,000,000lb/yr!), led to literally explosive proliferation of the technology in other industries. Today there are many scores of plants throughout the world operating at a few 100,000lb/yr to many Millions of lb/yr.  Like in the Virginia Slims ad,"They’ve come a long way, baby!"

On Wednesday, October 16th, AIChE-Boston will bring you  “Supercritical fluids  - Where Are They Today, October 2013.”
Learn about the many uses of supercritical fluids from Val Krukonis, the founder of Phasex Corporation, a local firm that specializes in pioneering new applications of supercritical fluids.  Some of the examples to be presented are:

  • Purification of polymers used in drug release
  • Fractionation of disk drive lubricants
  • Extraction of impurities from surgically implanted medical components
  • Concentration of activities from botanical substrates.

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at table
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 12 noon Wednesday, Oct 16th



If you pay by Paypal
- please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speaker   Val Krukonis

Founder & Director, R&D Programs at Phasex Corporation.
Val is the co-author of “Supercritical Fluid Extraction: Principles and Practice”and  is considered one of the leading experts in the field.  In  his words,  “supercritical fluids have consumed me for over 37 years, starting at ADL in 1976 and then with the founding of Phasex in 1981.” 

Prior to ADL, Val worked at 3M Company , and at then at AVCO Corporation, where he developed boron filament  for the F-14 and F-15.

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Waste to Energy Gasification

Converting Trash to Electricity & Heat

Date/Time   Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Waste to Energy Gasification - Converting Trash to Electricity & Heat

AICHE-Boston Monthly Dinner Meeting - Thursday, Sept 26, 2013

What a Waste!
Currently, over 50% of waste in the US —more than 130 million tons per year—is disposed of in landfills.

At the present rate, 3,500 acres (equivalent to four NYC Central Parks) are lost annually to landfills, and this number will continue to rise to keep pace with our ever increasing production of trash.

Key landfills  problems include:


1. The release of the potent greenhouse gas methane from decomposing trash;

2. Harmful emissions and resource drain from transportation used to haul trash to landfills;

3. Costly clean up of toxic leakage from closed landfills;

4.  The danger and difficulty of landfill redevelopment due to high levels of methane emissions and
toxic leakage into the ground water.

Converting Trash to Electricity & Heat


On Thursday, September 26th, Aaron Slater from MSW Power will provide an overview of current waste to energy technologies and then focus on MSW Power's "GEM" small scale waste gasification system.

The GEM (Green Energy Machine) system:

  • Converts unrecyclable waste into clean energy on-site where the waste is generated and the energy is required.
  • Processes up to 3 tons of trash daily reducing volume by 95% 
  • Generates 72 kWe of electricity and 187 kWth of heat
  • Reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1,090 tons when replacing landfill usage and fossil fuel-derived energy

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at table
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013


If you pay by Paypal
- please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com
 

Speaker   Aaron J. Salter

Aaron J. Salter, is a staff engineer at MSW Power in Acton, MA.   He operated the GEM pilot programs at Edwards Air Force Base, CA during the summer of 2012 and at the Plymouth County Correctional facility, MA from December to June of 2013.  Aaron now conducts feasibility testing with the Waste Reduction System (WRS), one of MSW Power’s new products, and is the company’s safety officer and manages the company’s intellectual property portfolio.

Aaron has specialized in such areas as the EPA stack testing methods, gasification emission policy and regulation both in the United States and the European Union, best available control technologies (BACT), tar reduction technologies and syngas cleanup, dual fuel technologies for diesel engines, gasification permitting procedures both at the state and federal level.

Aaron received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law obtaining his J.D. He is also a Commander of a Chemical Company in the United States Army Reserves.
 

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1st Annual Chem E Home Brew Event

Advanced Beer Making & Tasting

Date/Time   Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Waltham Sons of Italy   (Directions)
99 Cedar Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Topic Info  

Attention Home Brewers
If you would like the joy of watching real beer lovers taste your home brew at this event - please send an email to Dave Morse  DMorse@markem-imaje.com .  Please tell Dave what type of beer(s) and the quantity you have available or will have available by June 19th. 

Meeting Information:

1st Annual Home Brew Tasting & Advanced Brewing Technology

Every time AIChE-Boston has a Brewery Tour – our members  say: “That was Fun but - Please – can we have a talk with more technical information about the beer making process? "
 
You asked for itYou got it!

AIChE-Boston has assembled a panel of Chemical & Materials Engineers with extensive home brewing experience.

Panel Discussion

    * Home Brew Processing – All the process steps along with photos of many levels of process equipment (simple to advanced)

    * Raw Material Selection and Manipulation - How to adjust process variables &     choose Hops, Malt and Yeasts to produce a variety of the best tasting beers.

Home Brew Tasting - Talk to the brewers while tasting their beer!
Several home brewers will be bringing some of their finest beers for you to taste, as well as provide information about how each brew was made.    There will also be some mead and hard cider.

Come for the technology Come for the Beer - Early Registration suggested - beer events sell out fast!

Speakers   Allan MacDonald

Allan received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from McGill University and has over 30 years of experience in the bio/pharmaceutical industry.  He is an independent consultant and has done design and troubleshooting for facilities in bio/pharmaceuticals, specialty chemical and ultra high purity compounds for the microelectronics industry.  Allan was one of the first dozen people in the world to hold the Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional (CPIP) credential.

Allan has brewed over a 100 batches of beer and recently won a third place medal in his first competition in the 2013 Boston Homebrew Competition with his Schwarzbier "Pat Noir".


Dave Morse

Moderator / Panelist
Dave graduated from Bucknell University in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He currently is the manager of chemical engineering for Markem-Imaje in Keene, NH (ink jet and traditional printing inks). Prior to Markem-Imaje, Dave worked as a pilot plant engineer with Clariant Corp. in Charlotte, NC (dyes and pigments). 

Dave has been homebrewing for 23 years and has over 100 batches of beer experience. His beer making expertise is in hoppy beer and fresh fruit beer. He is a member of the Monadnock Area Homebrewing Club.


Dan Preston

Dan holds a BS degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University 2006.  He is a Research Engineer at Munters Corporation Air Treatment Division, focusing primarily on dehumidification & VOC abatement.  Dan previously worked at Konarka Technologies, Cabot Corporation and Millipore.

Brewing History: 4 years homebrewing with over 100 batches, 3 years judging with 2 years as a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judge, 2 years as Boston Wort Processors treasurer, a number of competition medals and a recent Best of Show win.


Lora Cameron-Landis

Lora has a BSc in biology and chemistry from Wilkes University, and has done graduate studies in Microbiology at UMass-Amherst and Chemical Engineering at Tufts. She is currently a senior process engineer at Shire. Before that she made biofuels in the Chihuahuan desert for Joule Unlimited, discovered drugs and biologics for Pfizer, and sterilized Mars rovers and airplanes for Steris. Her specialties are cell culture, cleaning and sterilization process development, process analytics and protein design.

Lora has been brewing beer, wine, mead and cider for over 20 years using fruit and honey from her orchard.

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Young Professionals - Career Development - RESCHEDULED

Young Professionals - Career Development - RESCHEDULED

Date/Time   Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place  
Topic Info  

 

This meeting is rescheduled for the fall!

 

The Boston AIChE chapter is starting a young professionals group for the region.  Our second meeting is on the topic of career development for young professionals.  

Who is a young professional? AIChE national defines a young professional as someone who has already graduated and is under 35 years old.  We are planning to stick with that definition, but if you don't quite fit you are still welcome to join us.


Date/Time: rescheduled for the fall
Price: $15 for young professionals, $5 for students
Speaker: J.T. O'Donnell 
Topic: Career Development - specifically interview prep, interviewing, and early career advice
Quick Bio: J.T. has been involved in career development for over 18 years, runs several successful career development webistes, a book and is coauthor of the largest nationally syndicated career advice columns (JT & Dale Talk Jobs).  Full bio is on the AIChE Website
Location:TBD
Food and Registration Deadline: TBD
 
 
 

Speaker   J.T. O'Donnell

CareerHMO Founder, Jeanine Tanner “J.T.” O’Donnell is a career strategist and workplace consultant who help American workers of all ages find greater professional satisfaction. Unlike other advisors, O’Donnell works with both individual clients and corporations, giving her access to emerging workforce trends. A graduate of Tufts University with a degree in Engineering Psychology, she has 18+ years of experience, managing, training and coaching people of all ages on a wide variety of career topics. O’Donnell’s work has been cited in Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, AOL.com, Smart Money, MORE Magazine, CareerBuilder.com, BusinessWeek.com, Mashable.com, Yahoo.com. Monster.com and dozens of other national publications.

 
Career Highlights:


Career & Workplace Consultant/Speaker: 18+ years of experience in coaching, managing and training employees.
Career Media Strategist: Started career advice site in January 2009 which is now a top 3 career blog with more than 1,028,830 visitors, 100K+ social media followers, and 75K+ daily email subscribers.
Career Coach: In 2010, founded the 1st web-based career coaching membership site which enables members to work directly with career experts 24/7 for a low monthly fee. Currently has 2,000+ active members.
Author: Wrote 144-page how-to guide, CAREEREALISM: The Smart Approach to A Satisfying Career, for employees looking to improve their career satisfaction.
Nationally Syndicated Advice Columnist: Co-writer of largest nationally syndicated career advice column, "J.T. & Dale Talk Jobs," which appears in more than 130 US papers weekly and reaches 6M households.
Specialties:
Career Advice & Job Search Strategy
Personal Branding
Human Resource Advising
Outplacement Services
Team Training & Corporate Development
Executive Leadership Coaching
Social Media in the Workplace
Generational Differences & Teambuilding Strategies
 
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Sustainable Home Design

Zero Energy Homes

Date/Time   Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Waltham Sons of Italy   (Directions)
99 Cedar Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Topic Info  

Sustainable Home Design w/ Tedd Benson

AIChE-Boston
is pleased to have Tedd Benson as our speaker for this presentation.  Tedd has been building homes for 40 years and is well know for his captivating presentations and accomplishments.  In 2008, Tedd received an honorary Doctorate of Environmental Sustainability from the Unity College, "America’s Environmental College."   In 2009, Tedd was a featured Speaker at the Greenbuild Conference in Boston. He is the author of numerous books on home building.

“Zero energy” homes are becoming very popular today.

  • What are the latest trends in energy efficient home construction ?
  • What is “Open Building” and why is it so important for zero energy homes?
  • Why is choosing the right building materials / construction chemicals more critical than ever before?

Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking / cash bar
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner pizza and salad / Focused networking at tables
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:30 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If you pay by Paypal
- please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil"
EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speaker   Tedd Benson

Author, Founder of Bensonwood, Avid cyclist.
Since 1974, Tedd Benson has been the founding owner of Bensonwood. During
that time, Tedd has championed high-performance, sustainable homebuilding—always with an emphasis on innovation, quality, and social responsibility.

He and the company have been featured on a number of shows in the PBS series, This Old House, as well as Good Morning America, and the Today Show. Over the past decade, Tedd's unwavering search for new and better ways to build has resulted in an exclusive design/build system called Open-Built®  For more info on Tedd click here

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Young Professionals Networking Kickoff

Young Professionals Networking Kickoff

Date/Time   Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   John Harvard's Cambridge  (Directions)
33 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-868-3585
Topic Info  

 AIChE Boston Young Professionals - Kickoff Networking Meeting

The Boston AIChE chapter is starting a young professionals group for the region.   Our first meeting will be a networking event so we can get to know each other and celebrate starting this chapter.  Our second meeting, in May, will be a more traditional meeting focused on career development. 

Who is a young professional? AIChE national defines a young professional as someone who has already graduated and is under 35 years old.  We are planning to stick with that definition, but if you don't quite fit you are still welcome to join us.  

Date:   Wednesday, April 17th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Place:  John Harvard's - Cambridge
33 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
https://www.johnharvards.com/locations/cambridge-ma
Price: $5

Please register by 3 pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email aichebostonyp@gmail.com
 

Speaker  
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Converting CO2 to Fuel & Organic Chemicals

Microbial Electrosynthesis

Date/Time   Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Microbial Electrosynthesis - Converting CO2 to Fuel & Organic Chemicals

AICHE-Boston Monthly Dinner Meeting - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Most of the work on reducing the concentration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is focused on either reducing the emissions from fossil fuel combustion or capturing and sequestering the resulting carbon dioxide.

There is, however, a third possible path: the conversion of CO2 back to a hydrocarbon fuel & organic chemicals.

Microbial Electrosynthesis is basically a reverse microbial fuel cell for the production of organic commodities from carbon dioxide.

This is a form of microbial electrocatalysis in which electrons are supplied to living microorganisms via a cathode in an electrochemical cell by applying an electric current  The electrons are then used by the microorganisms to reduce carbon dioxide to yield industrially relevant products. The electric current would ideally be produced by  renewable source of power.

Reducing carbon dioxide to multicarbon organic chemicals and fuels with electricity has been identified as an attractive strategy to convert solar energy that is harvested intermittently with photovoltaic technology and store it as covalent chemical bonds

Speaker   Kelly P. Nevin, Ph.D

Kelly has a B.S. Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her research interests focus primarily on the transfer of electrons to current harvesting electrodes by the Geobacter sulfurreducens.  Determining the electron transport chain to outside the cell during electricity production will allow for the optimization of the process and better fuel cell performance. She is currently exploring biofilm structure and conductivity, analysis of mutants in electron transport proteins, testing of electrode materials and fuel cell design. (for more info click here.)  (and here Lab Group Home Page)

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Developing Innovative Solutions

Cabot Corporation!

Date/Time   Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Watertown Sons of Italy  (Directions)
520 Pleasant St
Watertown, MA
Phone: 617-924-5013
Topic Info  

Cabot Corporation!

Developing Innovative Solutions

Cabot Corporation is a global performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. No longer just a supplier of carbon black, Cabot has become a $3.1 Billion company with over 4,300 employees in 19 countries. Cabot's primary products include:

  • Inkjet colorants
  • Fumed metal oxides
  • Activated Carbon
  • Aerogel
  • Cesium formate drilling fluids
  • Rubber & specialty grade carbon blacks.

Cabot's products are based on technical expertise and innovation in one or more of theitr three core competencies:

  • Making and handling very fine particles
  • Modifying the surfaces of very fine particles to alter their functionality
  • Designing particles to impart specific properties to a composite.

Come learn about the latest innovations at Cabot, the challenges of being in a materials business and how chemical engineers can make a difference.

Schedule:
            5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
            6:30 - 7:15 PM   Buffet Dinner and Focused networking at tables
            7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
            8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 9:00 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

 

Speaker   Fred von Gottberg

Fred von Gottberg is Senior Vice President and President of Purification Solutions. He also is a member of the company's Executive Committee. Fred joined Cabot in 1997 in the Research & Development organization.

Since joining the company, Fred has held several key management positions including R&D program manager for the Inkjet Colorants business, business finance director for the Fumed Metal Oxides business, global director of R&D and general manager of the Inkjet Colorants and Superior MicroPowders businesses.

Fred earned his MSCEP and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Plankton Power

Energy of the Giants

Date/Time   Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Plankton Power - Energy of the Giants
Today, we have the power to create a safe, plentiful biofuel and other sustainably produced products. It comes from -- algae -- one of the main sources of energy for our marine cousins the whales.

What Role can Algae play in renewable chemicals, global warming and national energy security? 

On Thursday, February 21st, AICHE-Boston presents Curtis Felix, CEO and Founder of Plankton Power, who will discuss these and other topics related to Plankton Power’s efforts to develop a cost-effective algae production system

Meeting Details
Algae is the most productive source of biological oil, yielding more than 20 times as much oil per acre as palm seed, and 300 times more oil per acre than soy. The production cycle for algae oil is 100's times faster and the resultant product provides "drop-in" fuels. Algae can be turned into drop-in biofuels, renewable chemicals, nutritional and cosmetic products.

The Plankton Power System includes major commercial and scientific advances with a fully integrated continuous process:

  • CO2 sequestration
  • Closed ponds and integrated photobioreactor
  • Continuous process, low energy algal separation
  • Non-hazardous oil extraction
  • "Drop-in" crude oil

  Economic & Competitive Advantages

    1.    "Drop in" fuels
    2.    High value-added co-products
    3.    No food concerns
    4.    100's times faster production cycle
    5.    Closed production system design for optimal year round production
    6.    Non-hazardous technology for algae oil extraction
    7.    Low energy, natural process technology for algae/water separation
    8.    ASTM D-6751and EN quality product
    9.    Uses locally available natural/organic micronutrients from other waste materials
   10.    Cleans up pollution sources:
                    Major industrial CO2 sequestration technology
                    Consumes waste treatment solids and effluents

Date:   Thursday, February 21, 2013

Schedule:
            5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
            6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at tables
            7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
            8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 10:00 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Wednesday, Februry 20th at 5:00 PM

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speaker   Curtis Felix

CEO and founder of Plankton Power, an algae to biofuel company.  Curtis also serves as Vice-Chair of the Wellfleet  Comprehensive Wastewater Planning Committee in and has helped spearhead the Town’s Oyster Restoration and Shell Recycling Project that includes support from USDA, NOAA, Mass Oyster Project and SPAT.  The project supports increased oyster propagation, habitat restoration and water quality for meeting MEP compliance.

Previously, Curtis worked in the petroleum industry implementing advanced viscosity control in refineries and oil exploration companies worldwide.  In 1995, he developed what was the largest Compressed Natural Gas refueling facility in the country at Logan Airport.  His 25 years of energy industry experience also includes utility planning at the former Boston Edison Company, utility strategic management consulting and helping to create what is now a $14.2 billion renewable and energy efficiency lending program at the World Bank.  

He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with degrees in Economics, Political Science and Biology.

 

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Brew School / Dinner / Microbrewery Tour

For Beer Lovers

Date/Time   Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 5:30pm
Place   Watch City Brewing Company   (Directions)
256 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-647-4000
Topic Info  

Brew School / Dinner / Microbrewery Tour
Register now - brewery tours sell out fast!

Watch City Brewing Company  is known for it's Artisan brews and great food.

The Brew School will include a discussion of their Featured and Flagship brews, styles, techniques, ingredients, beer from around the world, beer tasting techniques and detailed beer making technologies.  

You will come away with an enlightened palate and a greater appreciation for beer and beer making.

Price includes: Brew School & Tour, 4 beer sampler (@ 4oz each sample =16 oz of beer) Boneless Chicken Tenders w/ Honey Dijon & Chipotle BBQ Dipping Sauces,Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chef's Selection of Flatbread Pizzas, and  their famous Seasoned Brew house Sweet Potato Fries. 

There will also be a cash bar.

 

Speaker   Kelly McKnight

Kelly McKnight, Brewer, Watch City Brewing Company holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, and a post bac degree in Premed from Harvard.  Instead of pursuing a medical career, Kelly found that her true passion was for brewing. She has been involved in the pursuit of beer making excellence since she was a freshman 11 years ago. She is president of Ladies of Craft Beer.  Click here for more information

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Energy for Everyone

The Science behind the "Artificial Leaf"

Date/Time   Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Energy for Everyone?
The Science behind the "Artificial Leaf"

AIChE-Boston Monthly Dinner Meeting   - Thursday, December 6, 2012

The "Artificial Leaf" accomplishes the energy storage process of photosynthesis and does so with:

  • Earth-abundant materials
  • No wires or membranes
  • Direct solar-to fuels process

On Thursday, December 6thDaniel G. Nocera, Founder of Sun Catalytix, will discuss the Science behind the "Artificial Leaf", which was named by Time Magazine as Innovation of the Year for 2011.

Meeting Details
Two earth abundant catalysts have been discovered that promote the oxygen evolving reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolving reaction (HER). These catalysts are used to construct the artificial leaf, which consists of a silicon wafer, coated with the respective OER and HER catalysts.

By immersing the artificial leaf in water and holding it up to sunlight causes efficient water splitting. By constructing a simple, stand-alone device composed of earth-abundant materials, the artificial leaf provides a means for an inexpensive and distributed direct solar-to-fuels conversion process with low-cost systems engineering and manufacturing requirements.


Schedule:
            5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
            6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner (deli-wrap buffet) and Focused networking at tables
            7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
            8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 10:00 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil"
EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speaker   Dr. Daniel G. Nocera

Prof. Nocera is Founder of Sun Catalytix, a company committed to bringing personalized energy to the non-legacy world. He is currently the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at MIT.  Prof. Nocera is also Director of MIT’s Solar Revolutions Project and the ENI Solar Frontiers Center.

A leading researcher in renewable energy at the molecular level, he studies the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry, with primary focus on the photogeneration of hydrogen and oxygen from water.

In January 2013, Prof. Nocera will move to Harvard University as the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, and he will be the Director of the Harvard University Global Energy Initiative.

Prof. Nocera received a B.S. from Rutgers University in 1979 and Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in 1984.

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3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

How will 3D Printing Transform your World?

Date/Time   Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Additive Manufacturing (AM) offers a new paradigm for engineering design and manufacturing which could prove to have as profound an impact on the
manufacturing world as the PC and the Internet on the information world.

AM is used to manufacture prototype and functional parts for a variety of
purposes.  It builds products layer-by layer—additively—rather than by
subtracting material from a larger piece of material.

•    Designs, not products, would move around the world as digital files to be printed anywhere by a 3D printer.
•    The manufacturing and transport carbon footprint as well as  manufacturing energy could be reduced substantially.
•    The United States, the current leader in AM technology, could experience a  renaissance in innovation, design, IP exports, and manufacturing.


Opportunities for Chemical / Biological Engineers
AM provides an opportunity to incorporate NBIC technologies (nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive sciences) into prototype and finished products.  For example, The marriage of AM and nanomaterials can help to overcome some of the current AM material and design limitations.

The convergence of AM with bioengineering technologies include:  “printing” tissue scaffolds, and  direct printing of human tissue (which  could eventually permit the routine printing of replacement organs for transplant.

Widespread Applications
3D printed molds, cores and patterns have been successfully used many fields including: in pump & fluid flow, transportation, architecture, restorations, fine arts and the consumer
parts industries.

On Thursday, November 15th, Dr. James Bredt, a pioneer of Additive Manufacturing technology, will provide a brief history of the various forms of additive manufacturing technology and its applications.

Dr. Bredt will also discuss the
current materials related challenges that he is
addressing at Viridis3D, including formulation of powder based products for
ceramics, metal casting, metal processing, and other applications.


Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner ("Deli-wrap buffet") and Focused networking at tables
7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 10:00 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by
paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

 

Speaker  
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Joule Unlimited- Biotechnolgy Breakthrough!

Revolutionizing Sustainable,Carbon Neutral Fuels & Chemicals

Date/Time   Friday, October 12, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

Joule Unlimited - Biotechnology Breakthrough!

Revolutionizing Sustainable, Carbon Neutral Fuels & Chemicals

Joule Unlimited, headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, announced on
September 17, 2012 a strategic partnership with AUDI AG to accelerate the
commercialization of its sustainable transportation fuels, Sunflow™-E and
Sunflow™-D, for the global ethanol and diesel markets respectively.

Derived directly from sunlight and waste carbon dioxide (CO2), these fuels align
perfectly with Audi’s vision for carbon-neutral mobility, and can ultimately
achieve the stable costs and scale required for global adoption without
depleting vital arable land or crops.

Reiner Mangold, head of environmental product at AUDI AG says: “Joule and the
fuels it is developing can ultimately enable sustainable mobility, as its
highly-efficient process consumes waste CO2 emissions, avoids depletion of
natural resources and doesn’t require agricultural feedstock or arable land."

Overcoming One of the World's Greatest Challenges
Developing alternatives to petroleum-based fuels is one of the greatest
challenges of our time.  Joule® has an answer that surpasses biomass-derived
fuels, channeling the sun's energy into a new, industry-changing category of
direct solar fuels.

Biotechnology Breakthroughs
Joule is applying advanced genome engineering to develop a library of
proprietary organisms
, each one optimized for productivity according to the
desired end product.  The company's Helioculture™ platform directly produces
infrastructure-ready diesel, ethanol and multiple chemicals with no dependence
on biomass feedstocks, agricultural land or fresh water
. In parallel, Joule has
developed a novel SolarConverter® system to enable the direct, continuous
process with productivities greater than biomass-dependent methods, which
require numerous energy-intensive steps and downstream processing to achieve an end product.

On Friday, October 12th, David St. Angelo, Senior VP Engineering, Joule
Unlimited will share with us how Joule is Revolutionizing the Production of
Transportation Fuels and Chemicals
.  Don't miss out on this cutting edge
presentation - register NOW!

Register early, this event sold out the last four years!

Student Awards will be presented at this meeting, so we expect a large turnout
of professionals and students.

Time:            5:30 - 6:30 Registration
                     6:30 - 7:15    Dinner
                     7:15 – 8:30   Presentation and Q&A
 

Speaker   David St. Angelo

Senior Vice President, Engineering, Joule Unlimited
Mr. St. Angelo has a successful track record spanning 20+ years in engineering, including leadership roles in the clean tech and energy industries. He was previously Vice President of Engineering at Skyonic Corporation, where he led the initial conceptualization and development of patented technology for the capture and conversion of carbon into mineral products.

Prior to Skyonic, he was Vice President of Large Format Energy Solutions at Valence Technology, Inc., a developer of low-cost energy storage systems using lithium-ion batteries. In that role he led the definition, design, development and commercialization of the division’s large format product line, while also implementing and managing the company’s licensing program.

Mr. St. Angelo holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

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Precious Metals Processing

Is there Gold, Silver or Platinum in your future?

Date/Time   Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  
Speaker   Charles Tatakis

Chuck has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. 

He has over 30 years experience in the precious metal refining, refractory metals and chemical processing industries. Chuck is proficient in the fabrication and installation of novel, custom process equipment including those fabricated from titanium and tantalum.

Chuck is a currently a consultant serving the precious metal and chemical processing industries.  He has designed and overseen the fabrication and installation of numerous capital equipment systems including devices for refining precious metals that were proliferated internationally.

He has consulted for major precious metals operations in the USA, Africa and Canada and managed over seven million dollars of capital projects. In 2011 he designed and administered the construction of many of the processing equipment units for a new major precious metal refinery in Africa.

Chuck has been plant manager at the Handy and Harman facility in Attleboro, Massachusetts, one of the world's largest silver refineries. Prior to this Chuck was a project manager for Metalor Technologies USA, a leading precious metal refining company.

He is former Section Chair (Xiphias 1994-95) of AIChE-Boston, and a member of the New England Chapter of the International Precious Metals Institute.

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Gourmet Dinner & Tour Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Date/Time   Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts  (Directions)
215 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-553-1846
Topic Info  

Parking:free parking The entrance to the lot is off of 2nd ave near the intersection of 2nd Ave and Binney street - see this photo: http://goo.gl/maps/3OFV

EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

If you wish to be placed on our waiting list - please send email to:

Rob Reintjes <reintjes@net1plus.com>  and use subject line "waiting list - 6.13"

Tour of College is Full!

You may register for Dinner and Presentation

Here is revised schedule for new registrations:

 5:30 - 6:30 Tour & Q& A - with Demo & talk at Chef Herron's "Molecular Kitchen"
5:45 - 6:30 (For folks not taking the tour, the Cash bar is open in the Technique restaurant and you can network)
6:30 - 7:00
Technique Restaurant (1st floor) Appetizers & Cash Bar
7:00 - 8:00 Gourmet dinner / "Science of Cooking" by Michael McCarthy (see bio below!)
8:00 - 8:30 Q&A wrap up

Time to register!   Space is limited!
 Please Note - Meeting is Wednesday, June 13th

  • Cooking School tour Full
  • Molecular Gastronomy Demonstration
  • Gourmet Dinner
  • Science of Cooking Presentation

Registration deadline is 5 PM Wed, June 6th - no exceptions!

Bring a spouse, friend, business associate or anyone else you know who loves good food and is interested in the science behind gourmet meals!
One price for all - only $35!.

Please let us know your choice of entree and whether or not you can attend the tour (tour leaves at 5:30 PM)   Late comers can assemble at the School restaurant bar and the folks on tour will join you at 6:30 PM.  (See schedule below.)

 

Details and Menu
At Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Beverages
Cash Bar
Wines $6.00
Beers $4.00

Hors d’ Oeuvres
Asparagus Bruschetta with Talleggio Cheese
Smoked Trout & Horseradish Mousse
Grilled Lamb Speidini with Red Grapes & Moorish Sauce


Entrees 
You must select one Entree at time you register - write it in the 'Reasons for attending" section on registration webpage in addition to telling us if you can get to the college by 5:30 pm to attend the tour.  (Late comers can assemble at the School restaurant bar and the folks on tour will join you at 6:30 PM)

(Pre-selected)

Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken with Parsnips, Sugar Snap Peas & Marsala Jus
-or-
Slow-roasted Shoulder Tenderloin  of  Beef with Pommes Puree, Asparagus & Sauce Bordelaise
-or-
 Wild Mushroom and Seasonal Vegetable Risotto

Dessert
Classic Crème Brulee  – or-   Warm Chocolate Cake

Don't miss out - Register Now!
If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speakers   Matt Herron

Culinary Chef Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu, Cambridge, MA.  Chef Herron has 10 years experience in the Culinary Arts Industry, including Assistant Test Kitchen Director, America’s Test Kitchen, Chef/Kitchen Manager, Mountaineer Racetrack & Casino,  Sous Chef, Whole Foods Market, Denver, CO, Cook, The Deli, State College, PA and Cook, La Bamba’s, State College, PA.

He holds a B.S. in Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University,  Providence, RI, a B.A. in Psychology, Penn State University, State College and has studied Culinary Arts in Thailand & Singapore.


Michael McCarthy

Founder of  MMR McCarthy Market Research, a money management firm in New York and Boston that was ranked the #1 stock market timing firm in the U.S. for 10 years (1994 to 2004).

Michael retired at the age of 36 from MMR because they had too much money under management to maintain 30% returns with the risk of a bond.

After a few years of retirement Michael began studying Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical and Extension School and realized that mental disorders can be effectively treated with nutrient dense food instead of or in conjunction with psycho-pharmacology. Michael completed further studies at Nutrition School and moved to Germany to receive training as an Artisan Baker.

He is President & Founder of Budi Products, LLC (Budi is Indonesian for wise) is a neurological functional food company with over 50 products in it's line.  The original Budi Bar, designed for brain nutrition, won the New England Dessert Expo for Best Healthy Option for 2010 and 2011.

Michael's products are carried in Whole Foods, Sodexo, The Westin, The Fairmont, online as well as smaller retailers throughout the New England area.

Michael has also lectured at the Wharton School of Business and is a teaching assistant at Harvard's Entrepreneurship and Innovation class where the Budi Bar was born.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science from New York University in finance and management and is currently a master's degree candidate in psychology at Harvard University.

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Is it Time for Lignocellulose Biofuels to Come “Out of the Woods?”

Forest Biofuels Production

Date/Time   Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

Is it Time for  Lignocellulose Biofuels to Come “Out of the Woods?”

Exploring Production Pathways for “Drop-in Fuels” from Woody Biomass

AIChE-Boston Monthly Dinner Meeting   Thursday, May 10th

Biofuels are a leading option for sustainable displacement of petroleum derived liquid fuels, but critics express concern about biomass from croplands.  These Biofuels require large amounts of land to be cultivated and harvested. This can cause major environmental problems, such as habitat destruction and fertilizer runoff.

Forest-Based Biofuels to the Rescue!
By linking production of biofuels with existing cellulose processing industries, such as the pulp and paper industry, the problems associated with Biofuels from croplands can be eliminated. The Forest Bioproducts Research Institute at the University of Maine is currently pursuing several pathways for producing high energy density, low viscosity hydrocarbon oils from lignocelluloses.

One key area of development is the production of “drop in” fuels that are compatible with existing distribution and combustion infrastructure, especially jet fuel.

The goal of the work at U Maine  is to identify processing options that can leverage the established feedstock, processing and product delivery infrastructure in the forest products industry while maintaining the viability of the existing fiber product stream.

On May 10th – Peter van Walsum, Associate Professor at  U Maine Chemical Engineering Department will present an in-depth presentation about the cutting edge work being done to develop Forest-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts.

Schedule
            5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
            6:30 - 7:15 PM   Dinner  and Focused networking at tables
            7:15 - 8:30 PM   Presentation and Q&A
            8:30 PM  -          Meeting is over - room open until 10:00 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2012

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speaker   G. Peter van Walsum, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor, Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative, Depart. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Univ. Maine Peter's expertise includes renewable energy, fuels and chemicals, bioprocessing and process engineering.  (For extended bio click here)  and for (article about Peter click here) 

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Next Generation Biofuels/Biochemical Panel

Local Biofuels/Biochemical Start-ups

Date/Time   Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Next Generation Biofuels/Biochemical Start-up Panel

  • What are the current technological trends in Biofuel / biochemical start-ups
  • Are they making "fuels", "feedstock" or both?
  • Are they "chemical companies" or "energy companies"?

  • What are the economic drivers for these technologies?

  • How does Government Energy Policy impact their success?

  • What impact would a change in "Blend limits" or" bio-derived ethanol subsidies" have?
  • What do You want to know?-Meeting will include extensive Q & A

Schedule
  5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
  6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables / "Deli-wrap buffet"
  7:00 - 8:30 PM  Panel Discussion and extensive Q&A
  8:30  PM  -        Meeting is over - room open until 9:00 PM

Speakers   Stephen W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D

Dr. Fitzpatrick is  inventor and developer of the Biofine Process for conversion of cellulosic biomass into Levulinic Acid. Through his involvement with Biofine, he has become a leader in the development and implementation of economically sustainable industrial biofuels processes.

He is also President and Founder of DPS Biometics, located in Framingham, MA.  Dr. Fitzpatrick is responsible for management of architectural design and process engineering. Steve provides direction of CGMP projects for process scale-up and design, quality control, process development, economic analysis, R&D consulting, feasibility and cost studies for biopharmaceutical clients. His technical expertise includes experience with mammalian and bacterial fermentation and downstream processing, gene therapy products, and medical devices.

He has a wide range of experience in the biological, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical process industries in a variety of functions involving R&D, process technology development and plant design and operation.

Steve holds his B.Sc. in chemical engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D., in biochemical engineering from the University of Manchester, England


Paul Nace
Managing Director of Maine BioProducts, LLC, a company pursuing the development of a forest biomass biorefinery in Maine. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of Econox Technologies, LLC, a Georgia based company specializing in combustion efficiency technology. Prior to his involvement in the energy sector over the last 5 plus years, Paul was a commercial real estate developer specializing in medical and biotech related development throughout New England. http://www.mainebioproducts.com
Colin R. South, Ph.D

Colin South, Chief Technology Officer, Lignol Innovations Corp., a leading technology company developing green fuels and chemicals from lignin. He is also CEO, Novogy, a renewable fuels company based in Cambridge, MA

Colin was the founding President of Mascoma Corporation, an industry-leading company developing and commercialising advanced biotechnology solutions for second generation cellulosic ethanol.

Colin is established as a widely recognised leader in the cellulosic ethanol business. Prior to Mascoma Colin held leadership positions in New Zealand with Fonterra Corporation as GM Health and Nutrition and as CEO of ViaLactia Biociences, a Fonterra company researching and commercializing discoveries in the genetics of forage grasses and bovine milk production.

After graduting with his PhD Colin spent 8 years with BioMetics Inc. in Boston in the field of design and scale up of processes and facilities in the Biotech and chemical process areas. He left his position of VP Process Engineering at BioMetics in 2002 to return to New Zealand to lead Vialactia Biosciences.

Colin is originally from New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Process) and from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire with a PhD in BioProcess Engineering.


Irshad Ahmed

Irshad is President & CEO of Pure Energy Corporation, a company that has innovated E-Diesel (first ethanol in diesel blending technology and other alternative fuels) as well as developed the next generation of cellulosic ethanol-furfural chemicals integrated bioprocessing platform at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Pure Energy are now planning their  first commercial-scale project in Missouri. He also is with the MIT Sloane School of Management.
 
Before joining Pure Energy, Mr. Ahmed served for four years as the Director of Renewable Energy and Biotechnology worldwide management consulting practice at Booz•Allen & Hamilton Inc. in McLean, Virginia.

Prior to joining Booz•Allen, Mr. Ahmed served as the Head of Energy, Environment & Technology advisory group at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), an elite non-profit think-tank in Washington, DC.

Over the past two decades, his work has integrated advances in agricultural, biological, bioprocessing, chemical and environmental engineering with public policy, project finance and business development.

Irshad has an MBA, Sloan School of Management, MIT, a Ph.D., Biochemical Engineering and a MS Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire and MIT, and a BS, Chemical Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

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Regenerative Medicine

Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, and Gene Transfer

Date/Time   Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Regenerative Medicine refers to a new and expanding field in biomedical research that focuses on the development of innovative therapies allowing the body to replace, restore and regenerate damaged or diseased cells, tissues and organs.  It combines several technological approaches including:

  • soluble molecules
  • biomaterials
  • tissue engineering
  • gene therapy
  • stem cell transplantation
  • reprogramming of cell and tissue types.

Many significant and currently untreatable human diseases arise from the malfunction of specific cell types in the body such as:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Osteoarthritis 

Regenerative medicine may provide the needed therapy for these diseases.
 

On February 9, 2012  Matthew Vincent will provide an overview of the regenerative medicine field today with a focus on engineering and biomaterials needs and innovations.  His discussion will also include a perspective on his company's own eye program, including preliminary results recently in the news relating to the use of stem cell-derived tissues to treat macular degeneration in human clinical trials.
 

Speaker   Matthew Vincent, Ph.D.

Matthew Vincent, Ph. D. joined Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. in 2011 as Director if Corporate Development, having worked as outside counsel and then as a business development consultant with the company since 2005.  Dr. Vincent has 20 years of relevant experience in the life sciences industry, ranging from intellectual property strategy and patent litigation, to strategic partnering and collaborations, to regulatory affairs and clinical trial management. 

Dr. Vincent holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tufts University School of Medicine and a J.D. from Suffolk University of Law.  He holds several patents and has co-founded a number of life science companies, two of which have FDA-approved products or are currently in human clinical trials.
 

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Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Bionutrient Rich Crop Production

Date/Time   Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 6:00pm
Place   Tufts University Anderson Hall, room 112  (Directions)
200 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Topic Info  

Please note: The workshop has moved to Room 112, Anderson Hall on the Tufts Medford Campus in order to accomodate the large number of registrations.  Parking is available at Dowling Hall, 419 Boston Avenue Medford, MA 02155 

This link is for an interactive map that you can use to locate Dowling Hall as well as Anderson Hall. (scroll down to get to the buildings)  It is only a short walk from Dowling to Anderson. http://campusmaps.tufts.edu/medford/   (if you click on each building it provides directions)

Visitors must purchase a token ($5.00) to exit the garage. The entrances to the garage are from North Hill Road and from Boston Avenue.

Bionutrient rich crop production is an environmentally sustainable approach  that works to balance the soil so that the crops growing in it produce all the necessary phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, enzymes and biologically available mineral compounds that humans and animals need in their bodies.

With this approach, the vitality and energy of the soil and the plants are enhanced to produce healthier crops, greater yields, extended seasons and longer shelf life.

This method virtually eliminates the use of herbicides and pesticides that are typically used in "modern" agriculture today.  Common factors like insects, disease and weeds are incompatible with more nutrient rich soil and the complex compounds and carbohydrates developed in the plants, so these chronic problems diminish and can eventually disappear.

Win - Win    Improving the Bottom Line
This workshop will show you how Bionutrient rich crop production can improve the profitability of local farming while significantly increasing the nutritional value of vegetables / foods.

Whether you are interested in Sustainable Agriculture on a global scale or want to improve the quality of the food you grow in your home garden - this workshop is for you!

Dan Kittredge says, “The approach that I teach in my courses helps to integrate scientific principles in simple, common sense ways that empower growers to significantly improve their crops. For me, it’s about looking at food and plants in a new way – providing the ideal environment for a plant’s genetic potential to manifest itself.”

6:00 - 6:30 PM   Registration and networking
6:30 - 8:30 PM     Workshop

Speaker   Dan Kittredge

Executive Director of the Real Food Campaign. The son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, Dan has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him with farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States.

Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals and organizations that support people growing and eating really good food.
(for more detailed bio click here)

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Product & Market Development of New Chemical Technologies

A Structured "Go-to-market Approach"

Date/Time   Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:30pm
Place   Hilton Garden Inn - Burlington  (Directions)
5 Wheeler Road
Burlington, MA 01803
Phone: 781-272-8800
Topic Info  

New products are the life blood of companies that use Chemical Engineering Technology.
   
Yet, 70% of new products fail.  Worse, many of these failures could have been prevented.

On January 12, 2012  Neil Baron will introduce a proven process to increase the odds of new product commercial success.

In today’s ultra-competitive environment, organizations are pressured to get new products into the market immediately.  This can cause  fatal problems:

  • They don’t take the time to develop a structured go-to-market approach.
  • What results is a random set of uncoordinated actions.  

A case study of how a ground breaking new chemical technology was successfully introduced into the market will serve as the foundation for Neil’s presentation.

Meeting take-aways:

  • How to overcome the 3 major hurdles to new product success
  • A four step process for launching new products
  • The role of R&D in driving market success
  • How to avoid failure by choosing the right early customers

This talk is a must attend for anyone involved in technologies that need to  be commercialized including:

  • R&D Engineers
  • General Managers
  • Marketing
  • Product Management


Speaker   Neil Baron

Managing Director, Baron Strategic Partners, is an internationally recognized expert on helping companies accelerate revenues from new technologies.  Prior to starting his firm, Neil was head of commercialization for a $150M division of a specialty chemical company. 

He served as an expert advisor to Harvard’s Commercializing Science Program and a judge in Harvard Business School’s business plan competition.  Early in his career, Neil worked as a process design engineer at Badger America and at IBM as a manufacturing engineer. 

Neil has an MS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Click for more info / blog

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Energy Storage

Renewable Energy Storage

Date/Time   Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Energy Storage for Alternative Power Generation

The Achilles’ Heel of Renewable Energy

 Due to their intermittent or otherwise variable nature, alternative power sources such as photovoltaics, wind turbines, and energy scavenging often fail to meet the dispatchability, quality, and reliability requirements of intended or hoped-for applications.

This places limits on their implementation that could often be solved by an energy storage component that either (or both) “firms up” output to meet power demand or “time shifts” the output to meet load and economic requirements.

  • How are high-power and/or high-energy batteries being used for large-scale energy storage?
  • What are some of the promising energy storage technologies in development today?

We have assembled a stellar panel of Energy Storage experts, who will share their unique experiences with us.


Don't miss out on this program - register now!

Time:   
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking 
             6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables / hot appetizers
             7:00 - 8:15 PM   Presentation and Q&A
             8:15  PM  -  Meeting is over - room open until 9:00 PM

Please register by 5 pm, Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.
 
If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speakers   Colette Lamontagne

Ms. Lamontagne is an Associate Director in the Emerging Technologies group of Navigant’s energy practice. Her current work focuses on energy research and development including energy storage and smart grid. She is currently serving on the Electricity Storage Association Board of Directors. Ms. Lamontagne has twenty years of consulting experience focusing primarily on emerging technology demonstrations, industrial energy efficiency, and environmental engineering.

Ms. Lamontagne has conducted and provided oversight for numerous lab-, bench-, and pilot-scale technology R&D programs. She managed the U.S. Department of Energy project to estimate the value of energy storage in the U.S. over 20 years. Ms. Lamontagne also managed a study of energy storage business opportunities for a multinational utility, a feasibility study of energy storage for a Canadian utility, and a market study and strategic plan for a leading battery manufacturer.

She is a primary contributor to the U.S. DOE Smart Grid Investment Grant program and the Smart Grid Demonstration program which includes 16 energy storage demonstrations.


Matt Lazarewicz

Mr. Lazarewicz has been with Beacon Power Corp. for 12 years where he serves as Vice President & Chief Technical Officer. Prior to joining Beacon Power, Mr. Lazarewicz worked for 25 years in the General Electric in various engineering and managerial capacities in Power Systems and Aircraft Engines.  He is a Mechanical Engineer and holds BS, MS, and MBA degrees from MIT.  He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts,  He serves as Vice-Chairman  of the Electricity Storage Association,  Chairman of the Energy Storage Working Group of the Distributed Generation and Energy Storage Sub-Committee, and a member the IEEE Power Engineering Society, ASME , CIGRE, and NEMA’s Energy Storage Council. 


Rob Mosher

Director of Product Marketing for A123 Systems Energy Solutions Group in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Mr. Mosher is responsible for developing the pack systems product roadmap based on A123’s advanced Lithium Ion cell technology.


Thomas Siegel

Vice President, Transmission, First Wind.  Mr. Siegel is responsible for all aspects of interconnecting and integrating wind projects into utility grids throughout the US. Tom has over 21 years of experience at First Wind, Pacific Gas & Electric, the California ISO and PECO Energy mostly in the areas of Transmission Planning, Transmission Operations and Energy Market Compliance.

 

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Biomimicry Panel

Nature knows how to do it better!

Date/Time   Friday, November 4, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  
Urgent News! - the next AIChE-Boston meeting will be held on Friday, November 4th!
 
The topic, Biomimicry  scored near the top of this year’s program survey!

Please note that this is a Dinner meeting (not an appetizer format)

Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example. Some researchers think of it as "innovation inspired by nature."

If we want to consciously emulate nature's genius, we need to look at nature differently.  In biomimicry, we look at nature as model, measure, and mentor.  

Nature as model

Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature’s models and then emulates these forms, process, systems, and strategies to solve human problems – sustainably.  There are lots of c areer opportuniities for Chemical Engineers in this field!

To  cover
many of the  facets of Bimimicry, we have assembled a stellar panel of experts who will share their unique biomimicy experiences with us.

Don't miss out on this program - register now!

Time:          5:30 - 6:15 Registration  
                     6:15 - 7:15 Dinner 
                     7:15 – 9:00 Presentation and Q&A

 

Please register  by 12 noon Wednesday, November 2nd

 If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

For Students: Please register with your respective Chemical Engineering Department office.  Do not register online for this meeting!
  
If you have problems registering online, please email "Elizabeth Marcil" EMarcil@irwinengineers.com

Speakers   Roger T. Hanlon

Roger is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He played baseball and football at Florida State University and majored in Biology, then spent 2 years as a Lieutenant in the US Army (1970-1971). He then traveled around the world for a year and entered graduate school: M.S. degree, U Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences 1975; PhD degree, U Miami, RSMAS 1978; and NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge University 1981. He moved to the Marine Biomedical Institute, University of Texas Medical Branch, where he advanced through the academic ranks to full Professor and Chief of the Division of Biology and Marine Resources. In 1995 he moved to the Marine Biological Laboratory as Director of the Marine Resources Center. In 2003, he resigned that position and is now a Senior Scientist concentrating exclusively on research.


Professor Michael S. Strano

Michael is currently the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, most recently including: the 2008 Young Investigator Award from the M.R.S., the Colburn award from the AIChE; and in 2009 was named one of Popular Science's Brilliant 10 for advances and new platforms for the biomedical detection of cancer.


Moderator and Panelist Fiorenzo (Fio) Omenetto

Fio is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and leads the laboratory for Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics<http://ase.tufts.edu/biomedical/unolab/home.html> and Biophotonics at Tufts University and also holds an appointment in the Department of Physics. Since moving to Tufts at the end of 2005, he has proposed and pioneered (with David Kaplan) the use of silk as a material platform for photonics,<http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/science/08silk.html?_r=1> optoelectronics and high-technology applications, is co-inventor on over fifty disclosures (published and unpublished) on the subject and is actively investigating novel applications that rely on this technology base. Applications of this material platform have recently been featured in MIT’s Technology Review magazine as one of its 2010 "top ten technologies likely to change the world." Professor Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow, is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and was recently named one of the top fifty people in tech by Fortune Magazine.


Luca Dal Negro

Luca is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Boston University’s College of Engineering.  He is also Director of the Nanomaterials and Nanostructure Optics Lab at BU.  Professor Dal Negro received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2003 from the University of Trento, Italy, for his thesis “Stimulated Emission and Photon Diffusion in Low Dimensional Silicon Structures.”  His research interests include optical amplification phenomena and laser physics, optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures,  non-linear optics of nanomaterials, photonic crystals, light scattering and Anderson localization in aperiodic dielectric and metal/dielectric structures, and fabrication of silicon-based nanostructures for silicon photonics.

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The Outlook for Energy

Energy - A view to 2030

Date/Time   Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

"The Outlook for Energy" presented by Mark Healey, President of Badger Licensing LLC, is based on a comprehensive, long term view of the demand for energy through 2030.

Built from the bottom up by looking at the demand from over 100 countries, it seeks to define trends that will shape the way the world meets the growing demand for energy.

Mark will answer the following ( and many more) questions:

  • What effect will increasing population growth, improved development and better living standards globally have an on energy demand?
  • Will the trend of increased energy efficiency offset the rising demand?
  • What are the differences between the mature OECD economies, such as North America and Europe, and non-OECD countries, particularly China, where energy demand is growing rapidly.
  • What  different fuels will be needed to meet rising demand.
  • What role will alternative and renewable fuels play.
  • What types of renewable energy is Exxon-Mobile investing in?

 

Speaker   Mark Healey

Mark Healey is the President of Badger Licensing LLC - a joint venture technology licensing business between ExxonMobil and the Shaw Group based in Cambridge Massachusetts. 

Badger Licensing is principally engaged in marketing, licensing, and developing technologies for ethylbenzene, styrene monomer, cumene, and bisphenol A.

A native of Australia, Mark graduated from Monash University with Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  He also holds a Master's degree in Engineering Science from the University of Melbourne.  (Click here for full bio – scroll down)

Mark joined an Exxon-Mobil joint venture in 1982 as a process engineer at the Polyethylene facility in Altona, about 10 miles southwest of Melbourne, Australia. In 1995, he moved to the U.S. and has progressed through positions of increasing responsibility in Project Engineering, Marketing, and Research and Development. Immediately prior to his current role in Badger, he was the Global Technology Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical's Films Business – the world’s leading producer of oriented propylene films for the packaging and labeling industries.

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Networking & Planning Meeting

Mentoring Program

Date/Time   Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6:00pm
Place   Tufts University Science & Technology Center Room 136  (Directions)
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA 02155
Topic Info  

AIChE-Boston is starting a Mentoring Program and we want your input in developing it.

If you are interested in being a Chemical Engineering mentor or mentee, please come to the following networking and planning meeting.

Purpose
To provide a chance for Chemical engineering seniors, and young professionals to network with more experienced Chem Es and mutually explore how to best set up an AIChE-Boston Mentoring program.

Who should attend

Potential Mentors

Chemical Engineering graduates with three or more years of work experience who are interested in mentoring a college senior or young professional

Potential Mentees
Student Chemical Engineering seniors and Chem E professionals  who are interested in being mentored by an experienced Chemical Engineer

Details
This will be an informal get-to-know each other meeting.  An outline of the Mentor program will be presented - and then both potential mentor and mentees will have a chance to provide feedback and suggestions.  We want the development of the program to be interactive so that everyone involved gets the most out of the program.

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided

If you are interested in the program, but are unable to attend the meeting - there will be announcements following the meeting with more information and contact info to get in touch with the Mentor Committee.

Speaker  
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Solar Aquatics Virtual Slide Tour and Technological Presentation

"Solar Aquatics" Wastewater Treatment

Date/Time   Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Solar Aquatics” Wastewater Treatment Plant

Join us for a Slide Tour and Technological Presentation of Two greenhouse-enclosed “Solar Aquatics” wastewater treatment plants that serve the Weston business district, and the New England Biolabs Facility in Ipswich, MA.

The Natural System Advantage
Developed by the Ecologogical-Engineering Group, Solar Aquatics Systems replicate and optimize natural wetlands processes to treat wastewater. Unlike mechanical treatment processes, these systems are complex, dynamic, self-organizing, and resilient, so they can adapt to changing effluent quality better than mechanical/chemical systems.

The Solar Aquatics System, or SAS, treats effluent to advanced secondary and tertiary standards through a series of aerated translucent tanks that host plant communities and aerobic microorganisms.

Wastewater is circulated inside a greenhouse through a series of clear tanks, each with its own aquatic ecosystem, and marshes. In this treatment process, sunlight, oxygen, bacteria, algae, plants, snails and fish work together to purify the water.

The super-clean effluent from these systems can be used for irrigation or groundwater recharging or disinfected and used to flush toilets. ( go to  Solar Aquatics Systems  for more information)

Speaker   Isabelle M. Montesi

Isabelle M. Montesi  is an environmental and mechanical engineer with extensive experience treating, cleaning and moving water in an environmentally friendly way.  Her expertise includes energy conservation, resource looping, energy harvesting, and sustainability.

She is currently a Field Application Engineer at Electrolytic Ozone a leader in the ozonation field, serving both industrial and consumer markets.

Previously, Isabelle worked for the Bioengineering Group, Fay, Spofford and Thorndike, LLC, and the Ecological Engineering Group, where she was responsible for construction of the Solar Aquatic Systems wastewater treatment facility in Ipswich, MA.

Isabelle began her career as a Mechanical Project Engineer for 10 years with Bosch Automotive Motor Company, where she designed and developed engine-cooling components for Audi, Chrysler and Volvo.

Isabelle has a MS in Environmental Engineering from U Mass Lowell, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.

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Harpoon Brewery Tour

The Fine Art of Brewing

Date/Time   Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Harpoon Brewery  (Directions)
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA
Phone: 888-HARPOON
Topic Info  

Brewery Tour - and -  Monthly Meeting – Registration Limited to 60 People!

 Mixing, brewing, filtering and fermenting – the unit operations behind a great beer. Harpoon Brewery is providing the opportunity to see the unit operations of this successful company.
 
Come taste a variety of Harpoon Beers - Bertucci’s Pizza dinner is included.
 
This will be a fun night for singles and couples alike – with enough technical information to be of interest to everyone. So on Friday, May 19, bring your spouse or a date, or come alone, to the Harpoon Brewery
 
Harpoon Background
After Harpoon Brewery co-founders Rich Doyle (CEO) and Dan Kenary (President and COO)  graduated  with the Harvard class of 1982, the unit operations familiar to chemical engineers were far from their minds.  But while touring Europe after graduation they saw and tasted MANY wonderfully diverse, local beers. They were impressed at the closely knit relationships between communities and their local breweries. They asked each other, “Why not do that in New England?”
 
With that dream “fermenting” throughout graduate school the pair soon put their plans into action and opened the brewery in 1986. Brewing for commercial distribution began in 1987.


Click here for more information 
http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/

(For this link and "directions" above - enter your birthday to get into the site)


(Free Parking is available at the brewery)

Time: 5:00 - 7 PM
            5:00 – 5:30  Arrival & Registration
            5:30 – 6:15 Tastings of seven Harpoon Brews
            6:15 – 7:00  Group tours, a discussion of the beers.
            7:15             Evening Completion

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Spring Networking Event

Event Cancelled - Focused Connections

Date/Time   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Event Cancelled

Registration Open for June 16th Harpoon Brewery Tour

Click here for details:

http://www.aiche-boston.org/events/eventdetail.php?eventId=86

 

Would you like to:

  • Make  great career connections ?

  • Zero in on your "networking targets" quickly?

Then this is the meeting for you !

Partial list of technologies:

    * Environmental Engineering
    * Clean tech
    * Energy
    * Entrepreneurial Start-ups
    * Biotechnology
    * Nanomaterials
    * Coatings
    * Membranes & Separation
    * Specialty Chemicals
    * any other field that involves Chemical Engineering Technology


How Will This Work?  Focused Connections !
 
Here's how it works.  When you register, there is a field on the registration page that asks "reason for attending."
 
For this meeting - whatever you write in
"reason for attending." will be shared in advance of the meeting with all the meeting registrants.

Note -  you will be asked for your name, phone number and email address first - this info will not be shared.   Then if you wish - write in the kind of connections or topics you wish to discuss in  "reasons for attending" and your name again - only this info will be shared with the other meeting registrants.


Example
If you want to meet other people in the Clean Tech field - write that in the "reasons for attending" box and then write your name.
 
If you are looking for people to start a new company in xyz field - write that in.
 
You get to work the room - AND - Have focued discussions!
At the meeting there will be an hour for folks to "work the room" and /or locate people who they have target on the list.  Then everyone will sit at tables, and have more in depth conversations.   And - if you have trouble finding anyone on the list - just ask for help and we'll find them for you!


FREE Handout Table
Are you a consultant or work for a company and want people to know more about what your services / products are?
 
Bring a stack of business fliers / business cards for the "FREE Handout Table."


Time:  5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & General Networking
           6:30 - 8:00 PM   Focused networking at tables
           8:00 PM  -         Meeting is over - room open until 9:00 PM

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Advanced Communication Skills

Getting Your Message Across

Date/Time   Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Job hunters – Employed Professionals – Consultants - Entrepreneurs

Getting Your Message Across

Many people call Communication Skills the #1 key to career success.

Yet how well prepared are you to get your message across to key audiences?

Imagine if:

1 – You spent a year networking for a job and then failed to land it because you were ineffective in the job interview?

 2 – You developed a great engineering project but were unable to get management to accept your proposal?

 3- After years of blood, sweat and tears you created an entrepreneurial venture and are unable to get financing because your investor presentation was not effective?

4 – You are an expert In your field of consultancy – but have problems landing clients due to your communication skills?

Now imagine the benefits to your career if you can dramatically improve your ability to “Get Your Message Across “to audiences of all sizes.

Don’t get left behind – come to the  March 10th  AIChE-Boston meeting and learn from Communications expert Tom Kennedy.

Room for Improvement
As the saying goes – “Everyone has room for improvement!”  

Would you like to improve your ability to:           

  • Interview for a job or consulting project? 

  • Seek funding  for a project or business?

  • Give a Great presentation to a large group, small group - or just one-on-one ?

  • Get students engaged and involved?

Meeting Take-Aways
This presentation focuses on professional business communication including preparation, structure, delivery, strategy, use of visual aids, and handling questions & answers.

 You’ll learn:

  1. How to build, rehearse, evaluate, deliver and evaluate again your presentation to each (different) audience.

  2. How to make it about the audience (a value proposition).

  3. How to make it memorable by building great visual aids – simple yet compelling graphic slides that convey your message (it’s not your text on the slides, those are notes,  not visual aids). 

  4. Finally, and maybe most importantly, what do you want to persuade them to do? This is business, it’s always persuasive and never “informational."

Speaker   Tom Kennedy, IMC CMC

Tom Kennedy is president of The Kennedy Group. He has more than 15 years of experience in successfully coaching C-level executives and entrepreneurs at MIT, IBM, Roach, Millipore, Iron Mountain and others. Tom is an Associated Press award winning broadcaster and former adjunct professor at Emerson College.

For more information see: www.kennedygroupboston.com

And for extended bio - go to: www.kennedygroupboston.com/aboutus.htm

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Re-Engineering the Science of Wastewater Treatment

Re-Engineering the Science of Wastewater Treatment

Date/Time   Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Why do we need to re-engineer Wastewater Treatment technology????

  • Many industrial discharges contain hazardous and toxic chemicals that cannot be treated by traditional wastewater treatment processes.

  •  To protect the quality of our fresh water resources, EPA and local regulators are adopting stringent limits on the discharge parameters.

  • Simultaneously, the focus of treatment is moving rapidly towards recycle and reuse of treated wastewater. Never before wastewater has been considered a valuable resource. Cutting edge technologies are being developed and introduced to the market to treat wastes, that are difficult to degrade, in order to bring their discharges into compliance and also to render them fit for reuse.

New Career Opportunities
As the field of wastewater treatment is becoming increasingly technology intensive, it creates enormous career opportunities for chemical engineers.

Presentation Summary
This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of wastewater treatment and the types of reactors used.  Several case studies involving industrial wastewater treatment processes will be presented.

The primary focus will be petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, food and beverage production and pharmaceutical facilities. The unique challenges of each type of waste, and the processes to overcome those will also be discussed briefly.

Speaker   Somnath Basu

Somnath Basu is the executive director of the Water & Urban division of AECOM India. He is responsible for developing the water and wastewater business in India for AECOM. Simultaneously he serves as a Global Technical Practice Leader for Industrial Waste Treatment practice of AECOM.  Mr. Basu has a very wide range of experience in both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment for various domestic and international projects. He specializes in advanced chemical and biological processes for nutrient control and industrial waste treatment. 

Early in his career, Mr. Basu was responsible for managing the design through construction, start-up and commissioning of the Deer Island Treatment Plant of the City of Boston as a Program Manager of the MWRA.   Prior to AECOM, his other affiliations were with Siemens Water Technologies as the Director of Process Engineering of the Biological Process Division, and as a Senior Process Specialist and Lead Practitioner of CDM in Cambridge, MA. He obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India; M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston.
 
Mr. Basu has authored and coauthored several journal papers and book chapters, and presented widely in various international conferences, including AIChE, on wastewater treatment and related subjects. He is the editor of the Journal of the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA). He is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), senior member of AIChE and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). 
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Waste to Energy (Dinner meeting)

Ze-Gen Gasification Technology

Date/Time   Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Mount Vernon Restaurant  (Directions)
14 Broadway
Somerville, MA
Phone: 617-666-3830
Topic Info  

Waste to Energy - presented by David Robertson, the new VP of Technology at Ze-Gen - a Local Start-up  company developing waste gasification systems.

Registration and networking 5 - 6 pm
Meeting & Dinner 6 -8:30PM
 
Cost, including full dinner: $25 Members and Students
                                           $30 non- members
 
 
Meeting Details
David Robertson will provide an overview of the Waste to Energy field followed by a focused look at the Ze-gen gasification process. 
 
Ze-gen is a renewable energy company that combines proprietary gasification technology with ordinary waste streams in order to generate clean, sustainable, low-cost synthesis gas for multiple industrial applications.
 
 Ze-gen has focused its technology strategy on a gasification system that represents the following: 
  • A high yield of energy output per ton of waste processed
  • A complete solution which doesn't require land filling or incineration
  • Scalable and easily replicable
  • Biomass feedstock-specific, with potential to process other similar carbonaceous waste streams

Please Note:  If you also want to attend the Plant Tour of the Casella Zero-Sort Recycling Plant - 3 PM - 4:30 PM  Charlestown, MA - you need to register independently of the dinner meeting - here is a registration link for the free tour: http://www.aiche-boston.org/events/eventdetail.php?eventId=81

When registering - Please ignore the $15 AIChE-Boston membership option listed on the registration page - you can pay that at the door if you want to become a member and receive the $5 per meeting member discount)

 

Speaker   David Robertson

VP of Technology at Ze-gen, leads the technology development, project deployment, and operations activities as they progress commercialization of their gasification process.

Prior to joining Ze-gen, David’s most recent role was Technology Vice President, Conversion in the Refining & Marketing Company in BP. He was responsible for the development of a portfolio of technologies to create synthesis gas (syngas) from a range of primary fuels and create a range of clean fuels and fuel-related products from syngas. The scope of the role included applied research, pilot plant design and operation, semi-commercial demonstration units, technology licensing and project development leading to commercialization.

Mr. Robertson has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University, Scotland and attended the PMD 72 at Harvard Business School.

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Casella Zero-Sort Recycling Plant

Plant Tour

Date/Time   Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:30pm
Place   Casella Zero-Sort Recycling Plant  (Directions)
14/24 Bunker Hill Industrial Park
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-242-7746
Topic Info  

Registration is now Closed   The tour is full!

if you want to be placed on the waiting list - please send email to:Rob Reintjes reintjes@net1plus.com  and he will get back to you if there are any spots opening up because of cancellations.  Please include your phone number in email.

The Dinner meeting on Waste to Energy is still open for registration - click here for more info:

http://www.aiche-boston.org/events/eventdetail.php?eventId=82)

 

 

Please note: The free plant tour will be limited to the first 30 people who register!

(If you also plan to attend the "Waste-to-energy" Dinner meeting following the tour - please register separately at http://www.aiche-boston.org/events/eventdetail.php?eventId=82)

Tour Description

After many years of sorting our garbage prior to taking to the local transfer station /recycling center - now along comes Casella and tells us it is more economical and environmental friendly to throw everything in the same bin - without pre-sorting!

How is this possible? !!!

How does the Casella Zero-sort Recycling Plant sort our garbage automatically?

Come to the Casella Zero-Sort Recycling PlantTour and find out!

The tour will be held from 3 PM - 4:30 PM  (please be prompt - the tour takes about 1 hour and there will not be a "late show."

If you register and then are not able to attend - please contact Rob Reintjes reintjes@net1plus.com and let him know so folks on the waiting list can have a chance to take the tour.

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Getting Your Message Acros

Communication Skills / Event re-scheduled until March 10, 2011

Date/Time   Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

December 16th Meeting Canceled and rescheduled

Due to the request of many AIChE members to reschedule the AIChE Communication meeting - Tom Kennedy's presentation will be postponed until March 10, 2011.

There are a number of conflicts with Dec 16th, both professional and Holiday Season related.

The March 10, 2011 meeting will be a "Professional Career Success Program", featuring Tom Kennedy as Keynote speaker as well as additional Job Success related content from the AIChE-Boston Career and Professional Development Committe (CAPS)

Season Schedule

Tentative meeting dates for the rest of the season - January through June will be sent out soon.

Happy Holidays!

The offishers of AIChE-Boston wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season!

Speaker   Tom Kennedy, IMC CMC

Tom Kennedy is president of The Kennedy Group. He has more than 15 years of experience in successfully coaching C-level executives and entrepreneurs at MIT, IBM, Roach, Millipore, Iron Mountain and others. Tom is an Associated Press award winning broadcaster and former adjunct professor at Emerson College.

For more information see: www.kennedygroupboston.com

And for extended bio - go to: www.kennedygroupboston.com/aboutus.htm

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Water Purification Systems

Water Purification Systems - Challenges and Developments

Date/Time   Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford  (Directions)
10 Independence Drive
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: 978-256-0800
Topic Info  

Water Purification - Challenges and Developments
Clean water is something many people take for granted without realizing the technology that makes it possible. 

Chemical Engineers are playing a key role in developing state-of-the-art technologies needed for Water purification systems, ranging from  source water treatment to high purity water production and water recycling/reclamation.
Challenges and Developments – why water treatment needs new technologies
 Municipal water treatment systems require enhancements to address tightening regulations and aging components. Alternative municipal water “secondary” disinfecting agents, such as chloramines, present unique challenges to industrial water purification applications using reverse osmosis. Microbial and organic fouling of reverse osmosis membranes decreases product water flow rate and purity requiring expanded maintenance and operating cost.
 
Tightening restrictions for facility waste discharge require modification of industrial water purification systems to minimize wastewater volume. These applications require expanded use of existing membrane-based unit operations. Further, they have accelerated research and development of new technologies. An overview of the challenges and developments will be discussed.
 
 
Speaker   William V. Collentro

Mr. Collentro has dedicated more than 40 years to water treatment and purification. He obtained both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at WPI and a Senior Consultant. 

Mr. Collentro is also an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute and the Parenteral Drug Association Training. He has published over 100 technical articles including a text on Pharmaceutical Water Systems, chapters in other texts, and is an inventor of two water system process patents.

He is a member of several technical societies including AIChE, ACS, AFS, AWWA, ISPE, PDA, NEWWA, and WQA.

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Technology Commercialization

Technology Commercialization - Challenges and Opportunities

Date/Time   Friday, October 22, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

Technology Commercialization,  presented by Dr. Kannan Vembu.

Opportunities abound in "green" technologies such as water purification, waste to energy, Biofuels, and other types of clean energy.   But mixed in with the good science are a lot of dead-end or even bogus technologies.

This talk will focus on "Technology Assessment" and how it fits into the process of commercialization.  It should be of great interest to technology developersinvestors and the end users!
Kannan will show us how to “look in all the corners” to make sure the technology you are developing - or investing in - is truly viable.  Will it make money for you?  Can it be produced in an environmentally friendly way?  Is it a "win-win" for the company and society at large?
Speaker   Kannan Vembu, PhD

Dr. Kannan Vembu manages AquaEnviroBio Solutions LLC, a company focused on advising clients on technology commercialization and investment opportunity analysis by evaluating and conducting technologies due diligence, market opportunities, and implementation assistance in water, wastewater, bioprocesses-based renewable energy, enviornmental technologies, solid-lquid and membrane-based separation systems. He has experience in 45 countries with assignments in Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, America and the Middle East.

Dr. Vembu received his Ph.D. in BioChemical Engineering from IIT, Delhi and conducted Post-Doctoral research at Drexel University, Philadelphia. His BS and MS are in Chemical Engineering. His has worked for Dorr-Oliver, Inc., Arthur D Little Inc., and ENVIRON prior to starting his own consulting practice.

For additional information, contact:  kannan@Aquaenvirobio.com

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Butanol – A Bigger Better Biofuel Molecule!

Exploring the Next Wave of Biofuels

Date/Time   Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Scientists have been telling us for years that butanol will replace ethanol as the Nation’s preferred biofuel. Are we there yet?

The advantages of butanol as a biofuel are clear - higher BTU content, lower vapor pressure, and lower water solubility, which makes butanol infinitely more compatible with existing gasoline infrastructure - think pipelines - and the installed base of automobiles since Butanol can be burned at 100% concentration w/o engine modification.

With the help of some nifty biotechnology BP/Dupont and a squadron of startups are making big bets on butanol.  Will butanol crack ethanol's grip?

And what about its impact as a green intermediate for chemicals markets?  On Sept 16, Sam Nejame of Promotum will talk about Butanol - companies that are pushing the state of the art, opportunities for chemical engineers and what to expect from the DOE, USDA and EPA.
 

Speaker   Sam Nejame

For more than 20 years, Sam Nejame has helped Fortune 500 Companies, Government Agencies and Universities adapt to changing technology and markets. Among his engagements, Mr. Nejame managed technology due diligence for a $4 billion acquisition in the chemicals/polymer industry. Prior to founding Promotum in 1996, he worked for CTMain / Parsons Corporation, where he managed environmental engineering and process design projects for clients like GE, Pfizer, UTC/Pratt & Whitney and the US Department of Defense. Mr. Nejame has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  For more info, see: www.promotum.com

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Green Gasoline

Breaking the Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels

Date/Time   Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  
Green Gasoline - Breaking the Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels
 
Concerns about global warming and national security, combined with the diminishing supply and increased cost of fossil fuels are causing our society to search for new sources of transportation fuels. 
 
Currently cellulosic biomass is significantly cheaper than petroleum (at $15 per barrel of oil energy equivalent) and abundant. However, the chief impediment to the utilization of our biomass resources is the lack of economical conversion processes.
 
UMass Professor George Huber believes that pyrolysis based technologies have a tremendous potential for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals, including "Green Gasoline" or "Grassoline." A combination of chemistry, chemical catalysis and chemical engineering are critical 21st century needs to help make renewable energy a practical reality.
 
On Thursday, May 6th, Professor Huber will discuss various pyrolysis-based approaches for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals. The resulting bio-oil can be converted into various fuels and chemicals by aqueous-phase catalytic processes. 
Speaker   George W. Huber

 

Chemical Engineering Professor at UMass - Amherst. George's research focus is on Breaking the Chemical and Engineering Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels. He is the co-founder of Anellotech a biofuel company focused on commercializing catalytic fast pyrolysis a new technology developed by his research group to convert biomass into gasoline range aromatics.
 
Dr. Huber received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison where he helped develop aqueous-phase catalytic processes for biofuels production. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. from Brigham Young University, where he studied Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis.
 
For a complete bio, please follow this link:  http://www.ecs.umass.edu/index.pl?id=4555
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Hands on AIChE-Boston project work session

Walking the Talk Meeting

Date/Time   Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Tufts University Science & Technology Center Room 136  (Directions)
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA 02155
Topic Info  

We're having a Barn raising - and we need your help!

T
hink of this as a Chem E community center "barn raising." 
All you have to bring is your problem solving skills and we'll supply a variety of problems to solve as well as free beer!

If you are like most people, you would like to get involved with some form of community service, social entreprenerial ship or charity work, but just don't have the time.  
 
This is your chance to make a valuable contribution to Chemcial Engineering students and your fellow professionals while improving your business connections.

Win - Win Meeting
If you are willing to spend some time helping AIChE-Boston with key programs - we can help you improve both the depth of your network connections.
 
 
Here are some of the things we will be working on building:
 
Monthly programming - generate ideas for next season's presentations
Career Services - Be on the ground floor designing our new Career search program (it could help you find a job!)
Student Involvement - Help improve outreach to AIChE student chapters
K- 12 Energy and Environmental Activities - create activities and programs designed for K-12 children
Volunteer recruitment - Develop a system to increase participation from members

and - if you play Golf - let's plan a best ball Golf tournement
         if you play Tennis - or ski or garden - let's form some social "clubs" for Chem Es to get together and have some fun.

Cost:  $10 - you're going to have to pay for this great opportunity - but you get pizza and free beer!  

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
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Battery Power!

The latest from Boston-Power

Date/Time   Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  
Battery Power!

 Presented by:  Eric Carlson of Boston-Power

  • A brief overview of battery technology
  • How lithium-based batteries differ from other kinds of batteries
  • New and emerging applications for lithium-ion batteries
  • Boston-Power's advances in cycle life, energy density, and charging time
  • How Chemical Engineers fit in to the battery industry, now and going forward
 Battery Power 
 
Date:    Thursday, April 8, 2010

Time:    5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
             6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables
             7:00 - 8:00 PM   Presentation and Q&A
             8:00 PM  Meeting is over – room stays open until 9:30 PM for networking

 Menu: Cheese and Cracker display
            Vegetable Crudités display 
            Chicken Fingers with Sweet and Sour Sauce
            Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara 
            Italian Meatballs 
            Assorted Mini Quiche

Registration:  Please register by 12 noon, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. There will be a $10 fee for late registrations. 

Please note - If you pay by Paypal - please click on the "Paypal" logo after selecting "pay by paypal" to complete the transaction.

Speaker   Eric Carlson

Director of Technical Sales at Boston-PowerEric has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from U. Rochester and UC Berkeley, respectively. His Master's degree focused on electrochemical engineering.

Eric has extensive experience in the battery industry, having worked on battery products and technologies at Eveready's Cleveland R&D Center, GE's Schenetady R&D Center, and a GE battery venture project. He also worked in the corrosion area at Mead Paper and Chomerics.
 
Eric was at Arthur D. Little, Inc. and TIAX LLC for 17 years, where he worked extensively on battery, fuel cell, and manufacturing projects, among others. He joined Boston-Power in 2007, where he not only does technical sales but also manages programs such as an EV program with the Swedish government, Saab, and Volvo.

 
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Clean Coal

Clean Coal - Myth or Reality?

Date/Time   Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center  (Directions)
1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000, North Entrance
Waltham MA
Phone: 781-895-5900
Topic Info  

Clean Coal - March 11, 2010

Is it really clean?

What are the latest advances in Coal Gasification and /or fluidized bed coal combustion? 

Can the processes be scaled for full commercialization? 

What opportunities are there for investors and entrepreneurs?

Where are Chemical Engineers needed in this expanding industry? A well-known expert in this field, Dr. Jay Agarwal, will discuss new advances and emerging trends in Clean Coal Technology.

Meeting Schedule:

5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables
7:00 - 8:00 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:00 PM  Meeting is over – room stays open until 9:30 PM for networking

Registration:  Please register by 12 noon, Tuesday, March 9, 2010. There will be a $10 fee for late registrations.

Pre-registration is required

Speaker   Dr. Jay Agarwal

Dr. Jay Agarwal has been selected by the Department of Energy to serve on a panel of experts to help DOE evaluate Clean Coal technology projects. 

Dr. Agarwal is Vice President / co-founder of CRA International and Managing Director, New England Equity Group, LLC. 

Jay has more than 40 years of experience as a senior technical executive with CRA. He has saved Fortune 500 companies millions of dollars by identifying potential problems and determining ways to avoid them when commercializing new technologies.

He has also held positions as Director of Development at Kennecott Copper / Peabody Coal, Vice President at Amax Corporation, and Division Chief of Process Analysis at US Steel.

Dr. Agarwal is a fellow of the AIChE and TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.) He has authored over 100 papers and has 22 issued U.S. patents.

(click here for complete bio... www.newenglandequity.com/principals.php)

 

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"Greener" Engineering

Overcoming Commercialization Hurtles

Date/Time   Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

 "Greener" Engineering - February 11, 2010 -
Note: This meeting is brought to you by AIChE-Boston and TiE Clean Tech sig.
 
Commercialization of "Clean & Green" technologies involves more than just developing a new technology. Inherent in the commercialization of technologies such as Clean energy / Biofuels, water purification / desalination, and pollution prevention are several hurtles that must be overcome to be successful. These include:

1.     The Capital costs such as plant construction are often very high, running often in the 100’s of millions of dollars.
 
2.      “Scaling-up” the production process can be a daunting challenge, with many start-ups failing before the bugs are worked out of the commercial scale-up process.
 
3.     Government approval or “Permitting” can drag on for years – delaying or even preventing the commercialization of a new technology.
"Greener" Engineering – or “Process Intensification” as Chemical Engineers call it – is a method of designing processes to solve these three start-up problems and many more using a highly efficient  approach.

On February 11th, Dr. Jachuck will be discussing the latest advances in "Intensified" production methods for Clean energy / Biofuels, water purification / desalination, and pollution prevention.   Learn how to increase the efficiency (and profitability) of processes with this cutting-edge design approach.

Menu: Cheese and Cracker display
             Vegetable Crudités display
             Chicken Fingers with Sweet and Sour Sauce
             Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara 
             Italian Meatballs
             Assorted Mini Quiche

Registration:  Please register by 12 noon, Tuesday, February 9, 2010. There will be a $10 fee for late registrations.

Pre-registration is required. 
            
 

Speaker   Dr. Roshan Jachuck

Roshan heads a newly established Process Intensification and Clean Technology (PICT) group within Clarkson's Department of Chemical Engineeringand CAMP. He has over 10 years of research experience in this field and was responsible for setting up the first international Centre on Process Intensification at Newcastle University (UK). A faculty development grant of $375,000 from New York State's Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR)has brought Professor Jachuck and his team to the Department of Chemical Engineering and CAMP

BSc. (Hons) Physics, Rawvenshaw College, Cuttack, India
Bachelor of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, India,
PhD Chemical and Process Engineering,  University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.,

go to:  Roshan Jachuck’ bio and PICT group  for more complete bio.

 

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Solids Flow Workshop

Fundamentals of Bulk Solids Handling

Date/Time   Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 6:00pm
Place   Northeastern University - West Village H - Room 110  (Directions)
440 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Topic Info  

If you work with powders or other bulk solids and are interested in learning about how to design bulk solid handling systems - This Workshop is for You!

Systems for handling powders and other bulk solids are often improperly designed, leading to:
  1. Erratic flow, no flow, or limited throughputs
  2. Poor product quality and excessive downtime
  3. Customer complaints
  4. Safety issues including dust generation and equipment failure
This workshop will cover:
  • Typical flow problems
  • Solids flow patterns
  • Flow properties of bulk solids
  • Hopper design fundamentals
Why you should attend:
Since the fundamentals of bulk solids handling is seldom a part of formal engineering training, many lack an understanding of why solids handling problems occur and what practical steps can be taken to diagnose, alleviate, or prevent them.
 
In this workshop, you will learn how and why typical flow problems occur and what simple, practical steps can be taken to solve them.
 
Who should attend:
  • Design, project, and research engineers
  • Product formulators
  • Project managers
What you will gain from attending:
This workshop will provide you the knowledge and insight you will need to conquer your company’s solids flow difficulties.
 
 
Please note:  Jenike & Johanson are offering this workshop at no cost to AIChE.  The $20 workshop cost will go to help Chem E students.
 
6:00 - 6:30 PM Registration and networking
6:30 - 8:30 PM Workshop
Speaker   Greg Mehos, Ph.D., P.E.

Greg is a project engineer at Jenike & Johanson, Inc., an engineering firm that specializes in the storage and handling of bulk granular solids. Please visit www.jenike.com to learn more about Jenike & Johanson.

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Stem Cells!

Promises and Challenges of Stem Cells

Date/Time   Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth.  Some of the most serious medical conditions, such as cancer and birth defects, are due to problems that occur somewhere in this process.

  • What is the potential for new medical treatments using stem cells?
  • What research is needed to make such treatments a reality?
  • How will these breakthroughs be implemented?
  • What role will scientists and engineers play in the development of the technology?

During this meeting, these issues and others will be discussed and debated.

Meeting Schedule:
5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables
7:00 - 8:00 PM   Presentation and Q&A
8:00 PM  Meeting is over – room stays open until 9:30 PM for networking
 
Menu: 
Cheese and Cracker display
Vegetable Crudités display 
Chicken Fingers with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara 
Italian Meatballs 
Assorted Mini Quiche

 


 

Speaker   Jonathan Garlick, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Director , The Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering (CITE)

Dr. Garlick is Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology as well as Director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering. He also has secondary appointments as Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts Medical School and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University Medford Campus.

Dr. Garlick’s expertise in the bioengineering of human 3D tissues led him to establish the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering (CITE) at Tufts as a resource for experimentation in 3D human tissues. He originally developed these models to study the pathogenesis of a variety of oral and skin diseases using 3D human tissue models including early cancer development. He has authored over 60 articles and book chapters on these subjects.  For complete bio go to: Jonathan Garlick

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Carbon Capture and Storage

CCS Overview and Capture Technologies

Date/Time   Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  
 Unheard of beyond a handful of researchers a decade ago, CO2 capture and storage (CCS) is emerging an important mitigation option in the fight against global climate change. 

The first part of this presentation will provide an overview on where CCS is today, as well as the challenges that must be addressed for CCS to play a significant role in the future. 

 The second part of the talk will focus on technologies for CO2 capture from power plant flue gases. It will be shown that the development of these “post-combustion” capture technologies will rely heavily on the application of Chemical Engineering fundamentals. 

Examples of post-combustion capture processes, both existing and those under development will also be presented.

New meeting format 
 
Reduced cost
Meeting cost is reduced to $20 for members & students - $25 non-members  (sign up as a member for $15 and save $5 per meeting)
 
Go home early
Meeting will be over by 8 PM 
(You can go home early -  or stay and network after meeting until 9:30PM)
 
Round table Format – meals replaced with hors’deurves
Plenty of food – but more time for networking and conversation.

 Handout / Resource tables*** - for attendees to improve their connections

  ***This is free advertising for  consultants, companies and individuals who wish to pass out information in a non-invasive, socially appropriate manner.

 
There will be a cash bar!
 

Time:    5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
             6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables
             7:00 - 8:00 PM   Presentation and Q&A
             8:00 PM  – Meeting is over – room open until 9:30 PM

Registration: Deadline is 12 noon, Tuesday, December 8th - $10 fee for late registrations.

 
Pre-registration is required. Online prepay preferred - refunds provided if cancelled by 5 pm Monday, December 7th. Need help?  contact emarcil@irwinengineers.com

 

Speaker   Howard J. Herzog

 

Principal research engineer in the MIT Energy Initiative. He received his undergraduate and graduate education in chemical engineering at MIT. He has industrial experience with Eastman Kodak (1972-1974), Stone & Webster (1975-1978), Aspen Technology (1981-1986), and Spectra Physics (1986-1988). 
 
Since 1989, he has been on the MIT research staff, where he works on sponsored research involving energy and the environment, with an emphasis on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies.
 
He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (released September, 2005), a co-author on the MIT Future of Coal Study (released March 2007), and a US delegate to the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum's Technical Group (June 2003-September 2007). http://web.mit.edu/energylab/www/hjherzog/

 

 

 

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Water - Is it the New Oil?

Cutting Edge Look at the Global Water Situation

Date/Time   Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  
Note: This meeting is a new lower cost / “go home earlier” format – (see below)
 
Handout table – As a service to attendees,there will be several tables for consultants, companies, job seekers, educators and other attendees with brochures, line cards or business cards etc. to leave handouts / cards for members to pick-up. 
 
Water – Is it really “The New Oil?“
Water is one of our scarcest and most valuable resource.  Only about 3% of the earth's surface water is fresh, with most of this locked up in ice caps or glaciers.  The availability of drinking water has a major effect on the quality of life, and securing a supply of fresh water is predicted to increasingly become a source of conflict in coming years. 
On Thursday, November 19th, Tufts University Professor Shafiqul Islam will provide a cutting edge look at the global water situation from both a technological as well as a political perspective. Some of the key questions he will be addressing are:
  • Is water really “The New Oil?”
  • What is the difference between “water information” and “water wisdom” ?
  • Is there a worldwide water shortage, or is the problem a local one? 
  • How does diplomacy figure in? Can technology alone solve the problems?
  • How can each of us get more involved helping to solve worldwide water issues?

New meeting format
 
Reduced cost
Meeting cost is reduced to $20 for members & students - $25 non-members  (sign up as a member for $15 and save $5 per meeting)
 
Go home early
Meeting will be over by 8 PM 
(You can go home early -  or stay and network after meeting until 9:30PM)
 
Round table Format – meals replaced with hors’deurves
Plenty of food – but more time for networking and conversation.  
 
There will be a cash bar!

Time:    5:30 - 6:30 PM   Registration & Networking
             6:30 - 7:00 PM   Focused networking at tables
             7:00 - 8:00 PM   Presentation and Q&A
             8:00 PM  – Meeting is over – room open until 9:30 PM


Registration: 12 noon, Tuesday, November 17 - $10 fee for late registrations.

 Pre-registration is required. Online prepay prefered - refunds provided if cancelled by 5 pm Monday, November 16th. Need help?  contact emarcil@irwinengineers.com
Speaker   Dr. Shafiqul Islam

Professor Shafiqul Islam,

Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
Water and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering

Professor Islam’s teaching and research interests are to understand characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to conflicts with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing.

His research group WE REASoN (Water and Environmental Research, Education, and Actionable Solutions Network) emphasizes interdisciplinary collaborative partnership to address water problems by synthesizing scientific information and contextual wisdom and creating actionable knowledge. 

Professor Islam holds a Sc.D from MIT and is a Fulbright Scholar.  go to http://engineering.tufts.edu/cee/reason/ for more information.

For complete bio - click here http://engineering.tufts.edu/cee/reason/contact_info/contact.htm

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Clean Energy & Biotech Technologies

Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion

Date/Time   Friday, October 16, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info  

Event is Sold out - no walk-ins allowed

Entrepreneurial Panel - Clean Energy & Biotech Technologies 

Have you ever thought about starting a new company?
 
Learn from Successful Chem-E Entrepreneurs
 
On Friday, October 16th, AIChE-Boston will present a panel of local Chem-E Entrepreneurs that have established successful new ventures. Each has introduced innovative technologies in a highly competitive market.
 
  • Why did they take the plunge to start their own business?
  • What were some unexpected challenges they faced as an entrepreneur and what is their advice for coping with these challenges?
  • Did they feel entrepreneurs are born with the skills that make them successful or can those skills be learned over time?
 
Entrepreneurial Panel
 
 
Speakers   Larry Evans
Lawrence B. Evans has served as CEO and co-founder of Rive Technology since 2005. Rive is an early stage company commercializing advanced catalyst technology for clean energy applications. Previously, he founded Aspen Technology in 1981 and served as Chairman and CEO until 2002. During this time the company grew from a start-up to become the leading provider of software and solutions to the chemical process manufacturing industries.

Larry was professor of chemical engineering at MIT from 1962 to 1990, where he was well known for his work in computer-aided process design and process control. He served as President (National) in 2007 of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). .

In 1997 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year for high technology in the New England region. In 1999 FORTUNE magazine named him one of seven US. Heroes of Manufacturing. In 2001, Evans was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Chemical Engineering magazine chose him for the 2002 Award for Personal Achievement in Chemical Engineering.

Larry holds his BS from the University of Oklahoma and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Stephen W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D

Dr. Fitzpatrick is  inventor and developer of the Biofine Process for conversion of cellulosic biomass into Levulinic Acid. Through his involvement with Biofine, he has become a leader in the development and implementation of economically sustainable industrial biofuels processes.

He is also President and Founder of DPS Biometics, located in Framingham, MA.  Dr. Fitzpatrick is responsible for management of architectural design and process engineering. Steve provides direction of CGMP projects for process scale-up and design, quality control, process development, economic analysis, R&D consulting, feasibility and cost studies for biopharmaceutical clients. His technical expertise includes experience with mammalian and bacterial fermentation and downstream processing, gene therapy products, and medical devices.

He has a wide range of experience in the biological, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical process industries in a variety of functions involving R&D, process technology development and plant design and operation.

Steve holds his B.Sc. in chemical engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D., in biochemical engineering from the University of Manchester, England


Albert G. Prescott
President and CEO Crescent Innovations, Inc

Mr. Prescott has broad technical and customer service experience in polymer, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device fields. His responsibilities have included facility construction management, product development, project management, budget management and personnel management.

Al has led numerous cross-functional teams in the areas of new drug/device development from projects as simple as generic drug approval, to devices as complicated as bio-artificial pancreases.

He has worked and consulted for some of the preeminent biotech and biomaterials companies including Genzyme, Genetics Institute (now Wyeth), Abbott Bioresearch, and W. R. Grace and Company. He was a senior process development engineer at Anika Therapeutics Inc., a manufacturer of HA-based ophthalmic, orthopedic, and surgical scar reduction products.

Mr. Prescott holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from WPI, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and a MS from the UMass Lowell
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Konarka Solar - Sept 10th meeting

Konarka Solar Technology

Date/Time   Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info  

Registration is closed.  Meeting sold out.

Following an overview of the current trends and technologies in the solar field, a representative from Konarka will focus on recent developments at Konarka.

Konarka (www.konarka.com) is recognized throughout the world as a leader in OPV (organic photovoltaic) technology – a 3rd generation solar technology that is rapidly emerging to compete with silicon based 1st and 2nd generation solar technologies. The company holds over 350 patents and filings covering every aspect of our proprietary chemistry and processes. They are exploring exciting new OPV chemistries as well as advances to their existing technology that will produce greater power output at a lower cost.
 
Great networking opportunity!  Cutting edge information!
 
Time:  5:30 - 6:30  Registration
          6:30 - 7:30  Dinner
          7:30 - 8:30  Presentation and Q&A
Speaker   Srinivasan Balasubramanian, Ph.D.
Dr. Balasubramanian is R&D Lab Manager and co-founder of Konarka Technologies, Inc., where he is responsible for the research, process development and quality assurance of organic photovoltaics for portable power applications. He brings extensive experience in the synthesis and processing of polymeric materials for optoelectronic and related applications. Prior to co-founding Konarka, he spent four years at Molecular Technologies, Inc. (MTI) in Westford, Mass., where he worked on the synthesis and processing of polymeric materials. Recipient of numerous awards for his work in polymer science and plastics engineering, Dr. Balasubramanian has presented his research across the country. Dr. Balasubramanian earned his Ph.D. in Polymer Science/Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell in 1997, his M.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1993, M.Tech in Polymer Science and Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1991, M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT in 1989 and his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Madras in Madras, India in 1987.
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Networking / Wine Tasting

""It's not just fermented grape juice!"

Date/Time   Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Gordon’s Liquors  (Directions)
894 Main Street
Waltham, Ma, 02451
Phone: 781-893-1900
Topic Info   You are cordially invited to attend the AIChE-Boston Networking & Wine Tasting meeting on Thursday, June 4th. There will be an educational wine tasting class, food and plenty of time to network with your peers in the industry. As this is the final Boston AICHE meeting before our summer break this is sure to be a popular & fun meeting. Please note - this would be a great meeting to bring a spouse, date or business associate with you!

Wine - It’s just “fermented grape juice?, so why can selecting the right wine be so intimidating?

A bit of wine knowledge will go a long way in any professional or social setting. The presentation will cover wine basics, systematic approach to tasting, current wine trends, and how to find the best wines at the best values at stores and restaurants.

All the wines featured/tasted will be “value wines? from select regions around the globe, ie: those that are $20 and under and taste GREAT. These wines will surprise you in their expression of place, complexity, and compatibility with food.

Schedule
6:00 - 6:30 Registration and networking (Sparkling wine welcome)
6:30 - 7:00 Wine 101/intro
7:00 - 7:45 Networking, wine tasting, and hors d'oeuvres
7:45 - 8:00 Review of the wines tasted / Q & A with Lindsay Cohen
Speaker   Lindsay S. Cohen
Lindsay has been the Marketing & Events Director at Gordon’s Liquor for almost 2 years. Her job consists of doing the marketing for the 3-store chain and culinary center, the organization and execution of all events, as well as conducting the education for some of them. Events range from winemaker seminars, hands-on cooking classes, Scotch tastings, beer dinners, among many others. Lindsay has overseen over 400 events since she started at Gordon’s in August 2007. Lindsay also currently spearheads, writes and speaks the ads for the Gordon’s radio campaign on Oldies 103.3.

Before Gordon’s, Lindsay managed the two Best Cellars stores in Boston. During her stint there she earned her intermediate, then advanced WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certifications, which are awarded by the internationally recognized WSET guild, after completing intense study, classes, and exams. Lindsay originally moved to Boston in 2005 to work for Hilton Hotels after graduating from the #1 ranked Hotel School at Cornell University. After 6 months, she changed career paths from hotels to wine and is very happy she did.
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Workshop Registration SOLD OUT

Statistical Design of Experiments (DoE) Workshop

Date/Time   Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Tufts University Science & Technology Center Room 136  (Directions)
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA 02155
Topic Info   REGISTRATION CLOSED
In a more cost-conscious world, and with increasingly stringent product quality requirements, improved innovation and R&D technologies are needed.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

Process understanding, knowledge space, design space
Advantages of DoE over One-Variable-At-a-Time (OVAT) methods
Factorial screening designs
Response Surface Models
Risk analysis
Quality by Design: QbD = DoE + PAT
Case studies

Who Will Benefit

Process research and development directors and managers
Kilo-lab, pilot plant, and manufacturing plant managers, and supervisors
Chemical engineers working on process and product R&D
Product formulators
Project managers

What you will gain from attending

This workshop will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to DoE techniques, which will also allow you to overcome the initial obstacles in adopting this new technology.

Schedule:
5:30 – 6:30 pm Registration and networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm Workshop

In the “reasons for attending? box – please provide the industry in which you work – ie. Biotech, pharma, specialty chemicals etc.

Please note – Dr. Zlota has generously offered his time and expertise pro bono so t
Speaker   Andrei A. Zlota, Ph.D.
President and Chief Chemical Engineer of The Zlota Company, LLC, a firm specializing in the design and scale-up of robust processes, and in data mining.

Dr. Zlota has over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical and personal care industries, at Biopharm, Monsanto, Gillette and Sepracor, both in cGMP manufacturing, as well as process research, development, and scale-up. Andrei has led the design, successful and rapid scale-up of several chemical and formulation processes.

His areas of expertise include automated laboratory reactors, mixing and scale-up, statistical design of experiments, medium-, and high throughput technologies, and process analytical technologies. Andrei championed the technology transfer of several API crystallization processes to plants in the U.S., Canada, India, and Romania. He uses statistical design of experiments and risk analysis for process investigations, critical process parameter evaluation, and robust process design.

Andrei has led efforts with active pharmaceutical ingredient solid-state characterization, polymorph, and salt screening.

Dr. Zlota enjoys teaching, and he is an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and at the Boston University Medical School.

Andrei holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Zlota is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and of the American Chemical Society. www.thezlotacompany.com
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Evolving National Energy Policy

Opportunities in the Future

Date/Time   Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info   “How do we transition from Petroleum to alternative energy in the time frame required??
The world will be facing sweeping energy transitions in the coming decades. The enormity of petroleum production sets a high bar for alternatives to meet; half of humanity needs to transition to modern energy systems even while global petroleum shortages loom.

Petroleum produces an immense amount of energy and has been supporting exponential growth in demand for nearly 150 years. In comparison, the total amount of energy from non-combustion energy alternatives is quite small.

Developing a realistic national Energy Policy is a key to successfully achieving these energy transitions. On May 7th, Ben Ebenhack, from the University of Rochester, Chemical Engineering department and a panel of industry experts will answer the following questions:
  • What energy systems can be pursued to meet the shortage in the time frame required?
  • What role does the US play in the global transition?
  • How to create the best National energy policy?
  • How does this compare to national policy today?
  • What are the opportunities for Chem Es, entrepreneurs and investors that will be created by energy policy?
5:30 - 6:30 Registration & Networking
6:45 - 7:30 Dinner and presentation
7:30 – 9:00 Panel and Q&A

Use Internet Explorer (not firefox) to register. If you don’t have Internet Explorer, you should register via David_Campanella@member.AICHE.org
Speakers   Ben W. Ebenhack
Ben is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester Chemical Engineering Department.

He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of AHEAD Energy Corporation, and the Principal Investigator of the AHEAD Energy Project (a research project at the University of Rochester). Ben's research focuses on energy transitions, especially in developing countries. Ben is an expert in oil and gas well log analysis, having evaluated domestic and international drilling projects for Unocal Corporation during his 12-year tenure with this company.

He has taught at the University of Wyoming and Cal Poly - Pomona. He served on the Editorial Board for the UN's Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: A Guide to Sustainable Developmental, authored a textbook on energy, and participates often in energy conferences, talks, debates, and radio talk shows.www.che.rochester.edu/ebenhack.htm
www.che.rochester.edu/Projects/ebenhack/



Berl Hartman
Berl is a senior marketing executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing, business strategy and public relations. Ms. Hartman spent eight years as Sr. Vice President of Blanc & Otus, a subsidiary of Hill & Knowlton Public Relations. There she founded and led the company’s Cleantech/Clean Energy marketing and public relations practice.

Before joining Blanc & Otus, she served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Sybase, a database software company, and Vice President of Engineering at Computer Corporation of America. She has also held positions at Boston University, University of California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2003, she has served as a co-founder and leader of the New England chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Ms. Hartman was also a founding member of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and now serves on its Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Council’s Policy Committee. In 2008, she received the Council’s first Clean Energy Leadership Award. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe and Mass High Tech magazine.
Rob Day
Principal with @Ventures which he joined in 2007, and operates out of the firm’s Boston-area office. He holds an observer seat on the boards of Powerit Solutions and M2E Power . Prior to joining the @Ventures team, Rob was an investor with Expansion Capital Partners for over two years, where he was an investment principal responsible for various aspects of that firm’s clean technology venture capital activities, including investments in Tiger Optics, SensorTran and Orion Energy Systems.

Rob was formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, where he worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/ utilities, telecom, IT, health care and retail industries. Earlier in his career, Rob was a founding member of the World Resources Institute's Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he developed partnerships with companies across a wide range of industries to foster new business opportunities with economic, environmental and social benefits.

Rob is the co-author of The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible, co-leads the Renewable Energy Business Network (www.rebn.org), and authors the website Cleantech Investing (www.cleantechvc.com ). He also serves on the advisory boards of the New England Clean Energy Council and GreenTech Media (www.greentechmedia.com).

Rob received his MBA at Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), and his BA at Swarthmore College
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Biomass and Fuel Ethanol Generation

Future of Biofuel Development

Date/Time   Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford  (Directions)
10 Independence Drive
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: 978-256-0800
Topic Info  

EVENT IS SOLD OUT! No Walk-ins allowed

Biofuels have recently seen a vast number of innovations, technologies and business models. Colin South, PhD, formerly the president of Mascoma Coporation, will discuss some of the progress made in the establishment of a sustainable biofuels sector and the challenges that lie ahead for this industry to achieve commercial success.

Energy represents one of the great challenges of the 21st century and is a key area where chemical engineering is uniquely relevant. Colin will outline the status of the industry, some key issues that will influence the development of this market, and suggest a path for growth of the biomass sector.
Speaker   Colin R. South, Ph.D

Colin South, Chief Technology Officer, Lignol Innovations Corp., a leading technology company developing green fuels and chemicals from lignin. He is also CEO, Novogy, a renewable fuels company based in Cambridge, MA

Colin was the founding President of Mascoma Corporation, an industry-leading company developing and commercialising advanced biotechnology solutions for second generation cellulosic ethanol.

Colin is established as a widely recognised leader in the cellulosic ethanol business. Prior to Mascoma Colin held leadership positions in New Zealand with Fonterra Corporation as GM Health and Nutrition and as CEO of ViaLactia Biociences, a Fonterra company researching and commercializing discoveries in the genetics of forage grasses and bovine milk production.

After graduting with his PhD Colin spent 8 years with BioMetics Inc. in Boston in the field of design and scale up of processes and facilities in the Biotech and chemical process areas. He left his position of VP Process Engineering at BioMetics in 2002 to return to New Zealand to lead Vialactia Biosciences.

Colin is originally from New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Process) and from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire with a PhD in BioProcess Engineering.

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Fuel Cells - James C. Cross

The Promise & Challenge of Hydrogen-Based Energy

Date/Time   Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Courtyard by Marriott Billerica  (Directions)
270 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: 978-670-7500
Topic Info   Fuel cells continue to stir debate as viable power sources for vehicles and other applications.
  • Will they ever be durable or cheap enough?
  • Where will the hydrogen come from?
  • How will enough hydrogen be stored onboard to enable satisfactory driving range?
  • Do they really mitigate global warming?
As population and economies grow, finite resources are consumed, and the environment compromised, improved energy sources and systems are needed to preserve the health of the planet and its people.

In this talk we will consider the place of hydrogen in the world’s energy future, looking at both the big picture and select technical details.
Speaker   James C. Cross III
James Cross is the Vice President of Technology & Product Development at Nuvera. In this capacity, James directs the development of advanced fuel cells and fuel conversion devices and oversees the engineering of electrochemical power plants and hydrogen production systems intended for commercialization. He has been with the company since its inception in 2000, and has been working in the hydrogen energy arena for 13 years. Prior to this, James held positions at Epyx Corporation, Arthur D. Little, and Battelle. He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at MIT, and has Masters degrees from Princeton and Stanford. http://www.nuvera.com/
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Plant Tour at GE Healthcare

Visit to Membrane Production Facility

Date/Time   Friday, February 20, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   GE Healthcare  (Directions)
14 Walkup Drive
Westborough, MA
Phone: 508-475-2000
Topic Info   Special Event - Space is limited.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier. Their vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention.

GE's Westborough plant(14 Walkup Drive, 508-475-2000) manufactures filter-type membranes which are used, among other applications, in separating, clarifying or concentrating materials involved in bio-processing operations. Membrane separation products include hollow fiber cartridges and "Kvick" ultrafiltration cassettes.

On Friday, February 20, Craig Robinson, Technical Director Americas and Europe, has organized a presentation and tour of the membrane facility, as follows:

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Presentation and Tour (Preference given to Students)
  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm: Refreshments at GE Healthcare
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Presentation and Tour(AIChE Members Only)
This is a Free Event, but space is limited (40 persons)

Reservations will be taken on a first come-first serve basis.

Pre-registration is required - interested attendees must register by Tuesday, February 17, 3:00pm. A list of successful attendees will be sent out by Wednesday, February 18.

Upon arrival, check in with Security. Only those on their list will be admitted. Please ignore any e-mail acknowledgments prior to Feb. 18.
Speaker   Craig Robinson
Technical Director Americas and Europe GE Healthcare Life Sciences.http://www.craig.robinson@ge.com/
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An Engineering systems approach to

Zero-Energy houses

Date/Time   Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info   Meeting is SOLD OUT.

Registration closed - No walk-ins permitted


Zero-Energy houses are definitely green but are they affordable?
We’ve all seen the Green technology shows on TV – you know – the ones where multi-millionaire movie stars pay big bucks to install the latest in green technologies. Sounds great until the time comes to pay for it!

“Do I have to be a multi-millionaire to have a green home????

“NO – not if Carter Scott builds your house!


Carter Scott is president of Transformations, Inc., a sustainable development and building company in Townsend, MA. He started his career as an industrial engineer and then turned his talents – and engineering training - to becoming a leading zero-energy house builder.

On Thursday, February 5 th – Carter Scott will share with us how he uses an engineering approach to build affordable zero-energy houses. Learn how he balances many critical design trade-off functions to minimize heat loss and get the most energy per dollar invested in solar electric and solar hot water systems.

How affordable?
Take a look at a few of Carter’s zero-energy houses - prices range from $350K – $399K for traditional cape or colonial style 3 bedroom houses. Scroll down to see additional houses on right side of page) zero-energy house list
Speaker   R.Carter Scott
Carter Scott is President of Transformations, Inc., a sustainable development and building company is Townsend, Massachusetts. He graduated from Northeastern University with an industrial engineering degree and has been a leader in the Massachusetts Low Impact Development and Energy Star home building movement.

He has authored two feature articles for the Solar Today magazine, enjoyed a feature Zero Energy presentation on the Discovery Channel, and received the Energy Star Custom Builder of the Year award in 2005 from the New England Joint Management Committee. He can be reached by email at RCarterScott@msn.com or (978)597-0542 by phone. Please visit the company website at www.Transformations-Inc.us
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Microreactors

Clean energy, nanotech & scale-up applications

Date/Time   Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 5:30pm
Place   MIT Walker Lounge  (Directions)
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
Topic Info   Microreactors

Miniature processing plants that prove "Small is better!"
  • Clean energy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Process scale-up
Microfabrication techniques and microsystems have fueled spectacular advances in the electronic and telecommunications industries, and more recently, in microanalysis chips for chemical and biological applications.

These systems promise to transform classical batch wise laboratory procedures into integrated systems capable of providing new understanding of fundamental chemical and biological processes as well as rapid, continuous discovery and development of new products with less use of resources and waste generation.

On December 11th, Dr. Jensen, Head of the MIT Chemical Engineering Department, will present an overview of the latest in microreactor technology. He will then focus on applications in clean energy, such as replacement of batteries for mobile power, nanotechnology, and chemical process scale-up.

Speaker   Klavs F. Jensen
Dr. Jensen is the Warren K. Lewis Professor and Head of the MIT Chemical Engineering Department. He received his chemical engineering education from the Technical University of Denmark (M.Sc.) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD). His research interests revolve around microfabrication, testing, and integration of microsystems for chemical and biological discovery, synthesis and processing.

For more information about Professor Jensen go to the MIT website: http://web.mit.edu/cheme/people/faculty/jensen.html
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Mega Clean Energy Networking Event

Clean Energy Networking

Date/Time   Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 5:30pm
Place   Northeastern University - West Village H - Room 110  (Directions)
440 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Topic Info   EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Over 300 have registered!

Registration is closed

AIChE-Boston, TiE Boston CleanTech SIG, REBN and the New England Clean Energy Council invite you to attend a Clean Energy Networking event!

Sponsored by Foley Hoag LLP

Come mingle with Investors, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Scientists active in the Clean Energy arena.
Speaker  
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Status of Green Chemistry Initiatives – It just keeps getting Greener!

Green Chemistry

Date/Time   Friday, October 17, 2008 at 5:30pm
Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
Boxboro, MA
Phone: 978-263-8701
Topic Info   Green Chemistry has become increasingly important in implementing clean technology and sustainable approaches to today’s energy and environmental challenges.

John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, is well known as a pioneer and visionary in this field. In fact, he literally wrote the book on Green Chemistry. (John is co-author of Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.)

On October 17, John Warner will review current developments in the Green Chemistry arena, and will also look ahead to future opportunities for chemical engineers and chemists.

Given a choice between traditional options and green solutions, business leaders choose responsibly. Unfortunately, there is a significant shortage of more responsible green alternatives.

Scientists and non-scientists alike can begin to address this technological gap by recognizing the interconnectivity between the construction of materials and environmental protection. There is tremendous untapped opportunity for ingenuity and reward at the chemical design stage; this is the central concern of Green Chemistry.

The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry www.warnerbabcock.com is dedicated to the development of non toxic, environmentally benign and sustainable technological solutions for society. Research areas include Industrial Materials, Pharmaceuticals, Electronics & Photonics, and Cosmetics & Personal Care Products.
Speaker   John Warner
John Warner received his BS (1984) in Chemistry from UMASS Boston and his MS (1986) and PhD (1988) in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University.

He worked at the Polaroid Corporation from 1988 – 1997 in exploratory research and media research. In 1997 he accepted a position at the University of Massachusetts (Chemistry, Boston Campus, 1997-2004 and Plastics Engineering, Lowell Campus, 2004-2007).

Warner has published over 100 patents, papers and books and is co-author of Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.

Warner is editor of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews and associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. Warner also serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC. He received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Bush, and was awarded the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002.
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Advances in Electron Beam Technology - A new approach to Green Engineering

Electron Beam Technology

Date/Time   Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 5:30pm
Place   Hilton Garden Inn - Burlington  (Directions)
5 Wheeler Road
Burlington, MA 01803
Phone: 781-272-8800
Topic Info   Advanced Electron Beams’ CEO Mitch Tyson, and Anne Testoni PhD, Director of Marketing and Applications Development, will discuss trends in electron beam technology, commercial applications for electron beam materials enhancement, and the potential for EB chemistry to deliver on the principles of “Green Chemistry.?

Harnessing the power of electrons
Advanced Electron Beams' (AEB) technology delivers one of the world's most efficient, clean and cost-effective processes for industrial energy applications.

Key benefits include:
  • Energy Savings
  • Reduced Use of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Increased Productivity
Creation of new products Electron beam has applications in nanotechnology, material science, and chemical engineering including:
  • Polymer Crosslinking
  • Surface Grafting
  • Advanced Coating Applications
  • Materials Compatible with Electron Beam
  • Sterilization
  • Green Chemistry
  • Recycling
Advanced Electron Beams AEB’s compact electron beam technology platform enables game-changing innovation for in-line EB processing for advanced materials applications. AEB’s electron beam emitters can be flexibly integrated into a wide range of processes. For more info click: http://www.aeb.com/.
Speakers   Mitch Tyson
Mitch Tyson is CEO and Director of Advanced Electron Beams (AEB). Prior to joining AEB, Mitch was a corporate consultant and lecturer. He is a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council and serves on the executive boards of a number of energy-related concerns.

Mitch has a Bachelors of Science in Physics, a Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering, and a second Masters of Science in Political Science, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For complete bio, go to: http://www.aeb.com/company/board_of_directors/#Tyson/
Anne Testoni, Ph.D.
Anne Testoni is Director of Marketing and Applications Development at Advanced Electron Beams (AEB), an early-stage, clean technology and industrial energy company located in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Working at AEB followed Anne’s long career in the semiconductor and optoelectronics industries. She worked as Engineering Manager of the Massachusetts Laboratories for Digital Equipment Corporation/Intel Corporation Fab-17; Quality & Reliability Assurance Manager at Texas Instruments/Unitrode Corporation Merrimack Analog/Bi-Polar Fabs; Principal Research Scientist and Director of Strategic Marketing for KLA-Tencor Corporation’s Electron Beam Products group; Product Marketing Manager for Plasma Doping Systems and Senior Manager of Product Applications at Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates; and Director of Technical Marketing at Veeco Instruments MOCVD/LED Products Division.

At AEB she is responsible for electron beam product management, new market segment development, product demonstration and applications development, and field applications implementation. Anne received B.S. degrees in chemistry and mathematics summa cum laude from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in experimental chemical physics from Northwestern University.

She has served on National Research Council panels for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as a director of the American Vacuum Society and an active member of several ASTM International standards committees.

She fills her free time training and competing with her pack of basset hounds in American Kennel Club dog shows, obedience trials, tracking tests and agility events.
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Beer Tasting at Sunset Grill & Tap

Fun! - Beer Tasting the Professional Way

Date/Time   Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 12:00pm
Place   Sunset Grill & Tap  (Directions)
130 Brighton Ave. (Corner of Harvard Ave.)
Allston, MA
Phone: 617-254-1331
Topic Info   The introduction to CRC's Applied Sensory Analysis of Foods opens thusly: "Two profile methods of sensory analysis are Flavor Profile and Profile Attribute Analysis. Both were developed by Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, Mass., and both make use of trained flavor panelists."

Well, folks, on Saturday, June 21 you will get to learn from one of those reknowned ADL flavor panelists, Roy Desrochers! He will teach us a few essential points about food and beverage sensory analysis, and then lead us through some samplings of a variety of brews.

Roy has consulted for many of the biggest and best breweries, lending both his taste buds and his impressive skill as a trainer. Among the breweries whose flavor professionals he has trained are:

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Heineken Breweries
  • Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma
  • Labatts Breweries, Canada
  • Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana

...And now you!

As for Sunset Grill, what can you say about an establishment that offers 112 taps and 380 microbrews and exotic imports? Steam beer burgers, famous curly fries, buffalo wings, giant nachos, grilled fish, homemade pastas, and sizzling fajitas? Well, we hope you'll say "see you there!"

Speaker   Roy D. Desrochers
Roy D. Desrochers has over 24 years of professional experience in sensory technology and extensive experience working with brewers around the world.

Mr. Desrochers works at GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, and water resources engineering firms. He specializes in sensory technology related to odor and tastes, and its practical application to environmental and consumer challenges.

Previously, he spent over 18 years at the international consulting firm Arthur D. Little as a senior leader in the Sensory Technology Unit, and ultimately as manager of the unit.

Roy has been a member of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) for more than 20 years. He is also a member of the taste and odor committee of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and was appointed to its Standard Methods Committee. He is also a member of the Masters Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA), which will be perfect for our Beer Tasting Event!

Mr. Desrochers holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Geology from Tufts University.

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Making Time - Professional Development Workshop

Boosting Time Management Skills - Register w/ Internet Explorer

Date/Time   Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 5:30pm
Place   Tufts University Science & Technology Center Room 136  (Directions)
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA 02155
Topic Info   Despite the use of PDAs and time management systems, most people still don't have enough time.

Now there is a way to dramatically improve your time management
 
This program will act as a catalyst to immediately increase the effectiveness of your current approach by identifying and explaining principles that influence our ability to effectively manage time.
  
With this perspective, you will be able to adapt what you already know and greatly boost its effectiveness. You will also be able to add to it without having to learn any new facts or approaches. There will be plenty of time for Q&A so that your specific issues and experiences can be addressed.
 
Workshop Takeaways 
  • A basic framework for understanding how we think, how it varies and how that impacts productivity and time management
  • How this frame-work underpins what you already know about time-management
  • Understanding why we often don't stick to our time management-derived plans and what to do about it (managing distractions)
  • How to develop or adapt better time-management approaches, including: 
    > Having insights on how to get things done   
    > Insights on time-management (how to better use your "mental real-estate") 
  • Examples of how others have improved their time-management skills
  • Answers to your time-management questions and issues
  • Speaker   Robin Charbit
    Robin Charbit is President of Insight Management Partners (IMP). IMP has a proven track record of helping executive teams of Fortune "50" companies resolve complex and "unsolvable" problems through the application of ideas and methods to enhance insight on a no-success-no-fee basis.

    Robin's background in the chemicals industry includes 11 years at Exxon culminating as Business Leader of their international plastics business. He then spent 10 years at Arthur D. Little, ultimately leading and managing the North America Chemicals Practice. Robin holds degrees in chemical engineering and management.

    The following link provides some of the results of the IMP approach to breakthrough thinking: http://www.insightmanagementpartners.com/results.html

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    Cape Wind Project

    Renewable Energy - Cape Wind

    Date/Time   Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 5:30pm
    Place   Knights of Columbus  (Directions)
    17 Willow St.
    Westborough MA
    Topic Info  

    Come Be Blown Away By the Power of Cape Wind

    You have probably have heard of Cape Wind, but did you know that this project will be America’s first ever offshore wind farm? Producing over three-quarters of the electricity for the Cape and surrounding islands, this green-friendly energy project claims that it will not only lead the nation in energy independence, but will bring cleaner air, lower energy costs, and jobs to Massachusetts.

    732,000      tons of greenhouse gas emissions eliminated each year
    420             megawatts of clean, renewable energy
    258             feet from the base of the water to the center of the blades
    130             offshore wind turbines
    80               foot deep foundation into the sand
    13.8            miles offshore from the town of Nantucket

    and…

    1 night of facts, education and insight on Cape Wind presented by AICHE


    Speaker   Mr. Craig Olmsted
    Vice President for Project Development, Cape Wind

    Mr. Olmsted is a registered Professional Engineer holding advanced degrees in Management and Structural Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University. He has thirty years of experience in all aspects of the power industry and is responsible for project development from conception through commercial operation. Responsibilities range from oversight of site selection, fatal flaw analysis, financial modeling, environmental permitting, liaison with lenders, design and construction contracting through production engineering, procurement, construction and start up.
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    Developing Realistic Solutions to Today's Energy Problems

    Clean Energy Dinner - Use Internet Explorer to register

    Date/Time   Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 5:30pm
    Place   Holiday Inn Boxboro  (Directions)
    242 Adams Place (I-495 exit 28)
    Boxboro, MA
    Phone: 978-263-8701
    Topic Info   EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

    Registration is closed - 150 have registered!

    Participate in a results-oriented round table dinner discussion focused on developing solutions to current energy problems.

    Who should attend: Chemical Engineers, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Government Energy policy makers

    5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Registration and Networking
    6:15 PM – 6:30 PM AIChE Announcements
    6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner / table by table breakout discussions (see topics below)
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Roundtable discussion – all present will develop realistic energy solutions.
    9:00 PM – End of Meeting

    Potential Dinner Topics
    Hydrogen / Fuel Cells
    Biomass: Biodiesel & Ethanol
    Biomass Gasification
    Clean Coal Combustion
    Coal Gasification
    Fuels from waste products
    Solar/Wind/ Tidal – Wave Power
    Nuclear Solutions
    Conservation, increasing efficiency
    K-12 Energy & Environmental programs
    Environmental Sustainability
    Speakers  

    Dr. Jay Agarwal

    Dr. Jay Agarwal has been selected by the Department of Energy to serve on a panel of experts to help DOE evaluate Clean Coal technology projects. 

    Dr. Agarwal is Vice President / co-founder of CRA International and Managing Director, New England Equity Group, LLC. 

    Jay has more than 40 years of experience as a senior technical executive with CRA. He has saved Fortune 500 companies millions of dollars by identifying potential problems and determining ways to avoid them when commercializing new technologies.

    He has also held positions as Director of Development at Kennecott Copper / Peabody Coal, Vice President at Amax Corporation, and Division Chief of Process Analysis at US Steel.

    Dr. Agarwal is a fellow of the AIChE and TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.) He has authored over 100 papers and has 22 issued U.S. patents.

    (click here for complete bio... www.newenglandequity.com/principals.php)

     


    Rob Reintjes

    Rob Reintjes, Managing Director, New England Equity Group, LLC will serve as meeting facilitator. Mr. Reintjes is well known to AIChE members for his leadership ability. Over the past several years, Rob has played a key role in revitalizing the AIChE Boston Section.

    Rob and his partner, Dr. Agarwal, have more than 80 years of combined experience in the management and marketing of technological innovation. Their company, New England Equity Group, is an equity investment firm that focuses on companies that utilize chemical engineering technology, including Energy related companies. (For more information about New England Equity go to: http://www.newenglandequity.com Click here for Rob’s complete bio... http://www.newenglandequity.com/principals.php) (Scroll down)


    All Participants

    Since virtually all of our Chemical Engineering members are well qualified to address Energy technology questions – at this meeting, we will waive the usual format of an after dinner speaker and instead, draw on the powerful resources of our members!


    Industry Experts

    To stimulate discussion, a number of industry experts will be invited to attend the meeting – not as speakers, but as participants in the group discussion. Their names will be added to the AIChE Boston website as they register. Some of these experts will facilitate the table discussions on various Energy topics.


    Kyle Zelley
    President, Wachusett Biofuels http://wachusettbiomass.com
    Lise Laurin
    Founder of EarthShift, http://www.earthshift.com/about04.htm (scroll down for bio)
    Jay Fiske
    Partner, Massachusetts Green Energy Fund, which invests in renewable energy companies based in or doing significant business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. http://www.massgreenenergy.com/it_fiske.htm
    Jefferson W. Tester
    MIT Energy Initiative Education task force Co-chair, , H. P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering, environmental remediation and control technology, chemical processes in supercritical fluids, renewable and geothermal energy systems, gas hydrates in natural environments http://web.mit.edu/cheme/people/faculty/tester.html , http://web.mit.edu/tester
    Scott Fraser
    Senior VP of Engineering, Ze-gen, a leading developer and integrator of waste gasification technology. Mr. Fraser has been in the power generation and energy fields for 30 years. His background includes biomass gasification and combustion related technologies including fluidized bed combustion. He co-authored the textbook “The Design and Operation of CFB Boilers? . Other areas of expertise include energy infrastructure/economics within India, the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Union and other emerging markets all of which represent future market areas for Ze-Gen. http://www.ze-gen.com/
    Wm. Curtis Conner
    Prof. Chemical Engineering, Univ. Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Conner has been conducting research in catalysis related to energy for some 35 years. He is author of over a hundred papers and has lectured in over a dozen countries. His current research focuses on the conversion of cellulosic biomass to fuels by novel routes. http://www.ecs.umass.edu/index.pl?id=4550
    Marsha Gorden
    Principal , The Resource Technologies Group, a company that delivers the latest sustainable tools and strategies to optimize their clients’ use of material, energy and water resources. Marsha has more than 35 years of conservation work both internationally with development banks and private companies, and locally with businesses and organizations in Massachusetts. She is presently organizing a state-wide energy efficiency program based on a new CHP (combined heat and power) and GIS (geographic information systems) approach at Suffolk University. http://www.sustainableresources.com/
    Lisa Frantzis
    Managing Director, Renewable and Distributed Energy, Navigant Consulting, Inc. Ms. Frantzis is on the Board of Directors for the American Council on Renewable Energy, was recently a Vice President of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England, and is a member of the American Wind Energy Association. http://www.navigantconsulting.com/industries/energy/
    Kannan Vembu, PhD

    Dr. Kannan Vembu manages AquaEnviroBio Solutions LLC, a company focused on advising clients on technology commercialization and investment opportunity analysis by evaluating and conducting technologies due diligence, market opportunities, and implementation assistance in water, wastewater, bioprocesses-based renewable energy, enviornmental technologies, solid-lquid and membrane-based separation systems. He has experience in 45 countries with assignments in Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, America and the Middle East.

    Dr. Vembu received his Ph.D. in BioChemical Engineering from IIT, Delhi and conducted Post-Doctoral research at Drexel University, Philadelphia. His BS and MS are in Chemical Engineering. His has worked for Dorr-Oliver, Inc., Arthur D Little Inc., and ENVIRON prior to starting his own consulting practice.

    For additional information, contact:  kannan@Aquaenvirobio.com


    Richard Parnas
    Associate Professor and Director, Chemical Engineering , Univ. of Connecticut. Winner, Environmental Leadership Award given by the UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Council. Under Dr. Parnas' leadership, the Biofuels Consortium has begun regular biodiesel production at a campus pilot facility. http://biodiesel.engr.uconn.edu
    Dammon M. Frecker
    Vice President, Energy & Industrial Services, ESS Group, Inc., an environmental engineering and consulting firm that has led the comprehensive permitting of over 10,000 MW of energy generating facilities. These projects have included facilities using harvested wood and waste derived biomass materials, and a variety of technologies including fluidized bed combustion and gasification. http://www.essgroup.com
    Stephen W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D

    Dr. Fitzpatrick is  inventor and developer of the Biofine Process for conversion of cellulosic biomass into Levulinic Acid. Through his involvement with Biofine, he has become a leader in the development and implementation of economically sustainable industrial biofuels processes.

    He is also President and Founder of DPS Biometics, located in Framingham, MA.  Dr. Fitzpatrick is responsible for management of architectural design and process engineering. Steve provides direction of CGMP projects for process scale-up and design, quality control, process development, economic analysis, R&D consulting, feasibility and cost studies for biopharmaceutical clients. His technical expertise includes experience with mammalian and bacterial fermentation and downstream processing, gene therapy products, and medical devices.

    He has a wide range of experience in the biological, pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical process industries in a variety of functions involving R&D, process technology development and plant design and operation.

    Steve holds his B.Sc. in chemical engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D., in biochemical engineering from the University of Manchester, England


    Hemant P. Pendse
    Professor and Chair, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Maine, Managing Director, Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative (FBRI) http://www.umche.maine.edu/chb/ http://www.forestbioproducts.umaine.edu/
    J. Andrew Irwin, PE
    President and Founder of IRWIN Engineers, Inc. a chemical and environmental engineering consulting frim working with industry on environmental compliance and sustainable business practices for manufacturing and risk management with handling of hazardous materials.http://www.irwinengineers.com/
    G. Peter van Walsum, Ph.D., P.E.

    Associate Professor, Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative, Depart. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Univ. Maine Peter's expertise includes renewable energy, fuels and chemicals, bioprocessing and process engineering.  (For extended bio click here)  and for (article about Peter click here) 


    Marian A. Mailloux
    Chair, AIChE-Boston Energy & Environment K-12 program. Marian studied Human Development and Education at Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, with a focus on Early Childhood Education and Gerontology. She has extensive experience in the field of education. She was owner and Director of a child care program serving 100 children, infant through grade 6. More recently, she worked as a facilitator involved with corporate re-engineering. Currently, Marian is developing a company which will help corporations achieve better environmental responsibility and sustainability.
    Paul Nace
    Managing Director of Maine BioProducts, LLC, a company pursuing the development of a forest biomass biorefinery in Maine. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of Econox Technologies, LLC, a Georgia based company specializing in combustion efficiency technology. Prior to his involvement in the energy sector over the last 5 plus years, Paul was a commercial real estate developer specializing in medical and biotech related development throughout New England. http://www.mainebioproducts.com
    Ian H. Hutchinson
    Professor and Department Head, MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering. His primary research interest is the magnetic confinement of plasmas: seeking to enable fusion reactions to be used for practical energy production. He and his MIT team designed, built and operate the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, an experiment whose magnetically confined plasmas, with temperatures reaching beyond 50 million degrees Celsius, are prototypical of a future fusion reactor. http://www.psfc.mit.edu/people/hutch/ http://web.mit.edu/nse/
    Charles Forsberg
    Executive Director MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Study,Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (Previously with Oak Ridge National Labs) He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, and recipient of the 2005 Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for outstanding chemical engineering contributions to nuclear energy, including his work in hydrogen production and nuclear-renewable energy futures. He has degrees in both nuclear and chemical engineering . News release http://web.mit.edu/nse/pdfs/07_ansannualmtg/ANS_07%20(Forsberg).pdf
    Andrew C. Kadak
    Professor of the Practice, MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering.His teaching interests are Reactor Physics, Reactor Engineering, Safety Analysis, Economics, Waste Disposal, and Non-Proliferation. Currently, research is being conducted on a modular high temperature gas cooled pebble bed reactor. This research includes core neutronics design, thermal hydraulics, fuel performance, economics, non-proliferation, and waste disposal. http://web.mit.edu/nse/people/faculty/kadak.html http://web.mit.edu/pebble-bed/
    Dr. Charles W. Krueger
    VP, Product Development for Hy9 Corporation, a leading manufacturer of metal membrane hydrogen purifiers and Hydrogen Reformers/Generators. He has been active in the hydrogen energy field since 1994. At Hy9, he has worked on addressing the technical and economic challenges in commercializing hydrogen membrane technology in hydrogen production and fuel cell power systems. Dr. Krueger has a BS in ChE from U Penn, and M.S., (CEP) and Ph.D. (ChE) from M.I.T. http://hy9.com
    Susan Leschine
    Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Leschine is a Founder and Chief Scientist at SunEthanol, a biofuels technology company headquartered in Amherst. She also serves as Co-director of The Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research (TIMBR) at UMass Amherst, established by an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to develop cost-effective technologies for producing biofuels and other value-added materials from plant biomass. Dr. Leschine's research has formed the basis for SunEthanol's Consolidated Bio-Processing innovation. http://sunethanol.com/site/

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    March Dinner Meeting

    The Reality of Nanomaterial Risks

    Date/Time   Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 5:30pm
    Place   Olde Irish Alehouse  (Directions)
    2 Bridge Street
    Dedham, MA
    Phone: 781-329-6034
    Topic Info  

    The Reality of Nanomaterial Risks

    Nanotechnology is revolutionizing the manufacture of many products, including clothing, paints and coatings, medicines and diagnostic systems, cosmetics, electronics.... and even food. In 2007 the United Nations estimated that nanotechnology could grow to 14% of the global manufacturing economy - representing $2.6 trillion - by 2014.

    All this growth could translate into as many as 2,000,000 workers being employed by nanotech industries, and three times as many supporting the industry. Happily for us, New England is a center of nanotechnology development.

    While the huge potential market brings much excitement to the investor and job seeker, many have strong concerns about handling and safety and environmental impact of these new materials. Some have described doomsday scenarios involving "grey goo" (self-replicating machines) and “green goo? (artificial life forms), and public surveys have shown distrust in the ability of government and corporations to manage nanotechnology wisely.

    The discussion will focus on the "nanotechnology revolution" and what it means for chemical engineers, including:

    • Terminology, basic principles, and manufacturing processes
    • Applications: hype versus hope, and prospects for growth
    • Myth versus reality: risks to workers and the environment
    • Regulatory protections
    Speaker   Kathleen Sellers, P.E.
    Ms. Sellers is a senior environmental engineer with AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. During her 20 years of experience, Ms. Sellers has worked on solutions to a variety of environmental problems. She is particularly intrigued in exploring and solving emerging environmental issues, most recently those associated with nanotechnology. An environmental engineer and chemist, Ms Sellers’ work has ranged from analysis and bioassay of environmental samples to comprehensive field characterizations, and extends as well to treatment process development, permitting, and negotiation of regulatory solutions. Ms. Sellers is author of an engineering textbook entitled "Fundamentals of Hazardous Waste Site Remediation" (CRC Press/Lewis Publishers 1999); an editor and co-author of "Technical Brief: Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Implications for Wastewater Treatment" (Water Environment Research Foundation, 2005); a co-author of "Perchlorate: Environmental Problems and Solutions" (Taylor & Francis /CRC Press 2006); and most recently has edited and co-written a book entitled "Nanotechnology and the Environment" (Taylor & Francis, 2008).
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    Opportunities in Biotech Processing

    February meeting at Tufts University

    Date/Time   Friday, February 8, 2008 at 5:30pm
    Place   Tufts University, Cabot Auditorium  (Directions)
    170 Packard Ave.
    Medford, MA
    Topic Info   Opportunities in Biotech Processing.

    As cell culture operations improve and manufacturing cost pressures rise, the challenges facing modern vaccines, small protein therapeutics, and monoclonal antibodies will increase. Those challenges will open the door to innovative solutions to help overcome bottlenecks and improve process efficiency. The discussion will focus on high priority areas in biotech processing, including cell harvest and chromatographic and viral clearance unit operations. Examples of novel solutions will be presented.

    The Boston area is one of the premier locations in the United States for biotechnology. The biotech processing sector is gaining momentum and will continue to be an important component of the local economy in the future.

    Speaker   Mr. Jonathan Royce
    A Senior Application Scientist at GE Healthcare, Jonathan Royce has nearly 10 years of experience supporting and implementing separation technologies in biotech processes. He has worked closely with such companies as Wyeth, Abbott, Amgen, Genentech, Biogen, and Lonza. Jonathan holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, and dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and French from the University of New Hampshire.
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    Biofuels in New England: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

    January 2008 Dinner Meeting

    Date/Time   Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 6:00pm
    Place   Hilton Garden Inn - Burlington  (Directions)
    5 Wheeler Road
    Burlington, MA 01803
    Phone: 781-272-8800
    Topic Info   Biofuels in New England: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

    Fact: A natural resources survey for Connecticut estimates that Connecticut can grow enough biomass to displace 20%-30% of imported petroleum, which equals the imports from the volatile Mideast!

    New England is at the end of the energy pipeline. Furthermore, in New England agricultural production of bio-energy crops will not conflict with human and animal food production (as many assume), since such biomass production could occur on marginal and underutilized land.

    We will discuss the types of crops that are best suited for biofuel with respect to sustainability, environmental soundness, profitability, and ability to reduce our petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions. If time permits, additional examples of the activities of the UConn Biofuels Consortium will be discussed, especially educational activities designed for the general public.

    Opportunities for Chemical Engineers

    Newly designed biodiesel reactors and cellulosic alcohol processes present an opportunity for developing new biofuel technologies. New biodiesel reactor technology will be illustrated and briefly discussed to provide an example of the engineering work occurring in the new biofuels industry.

    Biodiesel is a direct replacement for both diesel transportation fuel and home heating oil. The home heating oil market in the Northeast makes biodiesel particularly attractive, and a local industry is developing. Industry also has the opportunity to export technology to the international market.

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    Microbial Fuel Cells-Electricigens and their nano-Wires

    Alternative Energy

    Date/Time   Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 5:30pm
    Place   DoubleTree Westborough
    5400 Computer Drive
    Westborough, MA 01581
    Phone: 508-366-5511
    Topic Info   New Life for Microbial Fuel Cells: Self Sustaining Systems Powered by Electricigens and Their Nanowires Although it has been known for almost a century that electricity can be harvested from microbial cultures, it is only with the recent discovery of microorganisms known as electricigens that it has been recognized that efficient, self sustaining microbial fuel cells capable of harvesting electricity from a variety of wastes are feasible. Electricigens have the novel capability of completely oxidizing organic compounds to carbon dioxide with quantitative electron transfer to the surface of electrodes. The electricigens conserve energy to support their growth and maintenance from this unique form of respiration. Optimization of electricigen-based microbial fuel cells requires a better understanding or how electrons derived from organic matter oxidation are transferred outside the cell and onto electrodes. Come see how electricigens and nanowires have the potential to be in your future.
    Speaker   Dr. Derek R. Lovley
    Derek Lovley is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Lovley received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Michigan State University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Anaerobe Laboratory at Virginia Tech prior to joining the U. S. Geological Survey as a Project Chief in their National Basic Research Program in 1984. He moved his laboratory to the Department of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts in 1995 where he served as department head from 1997-2004 and now serves as Director of Environmental Biotechnology and as an Associate Dean for the College of Natural Resources and the Environment. Dr. Lovley has received many awards including Popular Science’s ‘Best of What’s New in Environmental Technology’, as well as the Proctor and Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and was recently featured in Time magazine’s profile of top innovators in environmental science. He has more than 250 publications, with more than 25 in the journals of Nature and Science. His research focuses on genomic approaches to microbe-mineral interactions; novel environmental biotechnologies for environmental restoration; and harvesting electricity from waste organic matter and renewable biomass. This research is supported by the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and Toyota.
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    “Lessons Learned? - Chemical Accidents in New England

    December dinner meeting

    Date/Time   Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 5:30pm
    Place   Crowne Plaza  (Directions)
    1360 Worcester Street
    Natick, MA 01760
    Phone: 508-653-8800
    Topic Info   “Lessons Learned? - Chemical Accidents in New England – December 6th Dinner meeting

    Headline news: November 22, 2006: Explosion at Danversport, MA ink and paint factory causes worst community damage of any U.S. chemical accident since 1998. More than 250 buildings were damaged and several people were injured.

    • What effect would an event like this have on your career?

    • Can you - and your company - survive a catastrophic event?

    On Thursday, December 6th, Mr. Robert Golden of the U.S. EPA Region I Team responsible for investigating chemical accidents will present real stories of real accidents.

    • Can you prevent catastrophes at your company?

    • What are some of the warning signs?

    • What importance should be given to "near miss" events?

    Many facility managers learn too little too late about the hazards they are working with. Our speaker will share dramatic photos of the aftermath of several events including Danversport, and will discuss “lessons learned? through the investigation process.

    Opportunities for Chemical Engineers
    Engineering principles are critical to the safe design, installation, operation and maintenance of chemical process operations. Hazard assessment is the key planning tool to make reasoned decisions for emergency prevention
    Speaker   Robert Golden
    Robert Golden, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - New England EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) Team. The EPA-NE EPCRA Team works with private and public entities to help plan, prevent and respond to chemical spills and releases. The Team assists industries in reporting chemical storage activity and releases; assists state and local governments in developing and implementing preparedness and emergency response plans; and provides individuals with "“right-to-know" information about toxic chemicals in their communities. The office also brings enforcement actions for violations of chemical safety requirements of the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act. For more information go to: http://www.epa.gov/Region1/enforcementandassistance/reports/epcra2006/highlights.html
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    Engineering at the Cellular Scale

    Dinner meeting

    Date/Time   Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 5:30pm
    Place   Crowne Plaza  (Directions)
    1360 Worcester Street
    Natick, MA 01760
    Phone: 508-653-8800
    Topic Info   Engineering at the Cellular Scale - November 15th Dinner meeting American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Boston Section Date: Thursday, November 15, 2007 Time: 5:30-9 PM Location: Crowne Plaza, Natick, MA From Biofuels to Designer Drugs to Global Vaccination - molecular tools are used to alter, optimize or redirect microbial metabolism to achieve a variety of applied outcomes. These specialized tools are typically used to produce a process or product. Some examples are cellular/bacterial vaccines (used to vaccinate third world countries) and small molecule drugs which may include anything from anticancer agents to antibiotics. Where traditional Chemical Engineering intersects with Biology Cellular engineering has many aspects in common with more traditional engineering. On Thursday, November 15th, Dr. Blaine Pfeiffer of Tufts University will explain how a chemical engineering mindset and approach are fundamental to engineering at the cellular scale. Engineering principles are applied towards a biological system with consideration given to process design at the molecular, cellular, and macroscopic scales. However, the biological system introduces new constraints and freedoms that uniquely shape this brand of engineering design and application. Opportunities for Chemical Engineers These nuances and other features of cellular engineering will be explored. Blaine will also highlight the opportunities available to chemical and biological engineers in this emerging field
    Speaker   Dr. Blaine Pfeifer
    Dr. Blaine Pfeifer is an Assistant Professor at the Tufts University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His areas of specialization include Molecular, Cellular, and Process Engineering. Dr. Pfeifer holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD from Stanford University, also in chemical engineering. His graduate research focused on metabolic engineering for the production of complex therapeutic natural compounds. The experience was augmented by a short internship in a local biotech company interested in licensing patents resulting from his doctoral research. Blaine obtained his PhD in 2002 and headed east for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer at MIT. While there, his research focused on targeted delivery of small molecules and genes to various mammalian cells for therapeutic applications that ranged from fighting infectious diseases to cancer. See http://ase.tufts.edu/chemical/facPfeifer.htm for additional information about Dr. Pfeifer.
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    October 12, 2007 Meeting

    The Energy Horizon

    Date/Time   Friday, October 12, 2007 at 5:30pm
    Place   Holiday Inn Select  (Directions)
    15 Middlesex Canal Park Road
    Woburn, MA
    Phone: 781-935-8760
    Topic Info   The issues of energy availability, energy security, and environmental impacts are at the center of many local, national and international concerns. The topic for this October meeting will be The Energy Horizon. We will have a panel of experts from several different energy sectors to talk about what is happening in the energy field today, as well as opportunities for Chemical Engineers in their sectors. Discussions will include an overview of the near future of energy production, as well as innovative technologies such as stationary fuel cells and advanced energy materials. The session will include a moderated panel discussion followed by an extended Q&A period. This topic was the highest-rated choice on this year's survey. It even scored higher than the very popular wine tasting and beer events! We will also take time out to honor our outstanding student sections from local universities. We expect a big turnout and hope to see you there!!
    Speakers   Dr. John Ross
    Director of Engineering, Design & Analysis Cabot Corporation. Dr. Ross is a chemical engineer with 33 years of industrial experience. He has spent his entire career with one company, Cabot Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty powders and materials. John has worked in R&D, engineering, new business development, manufacturing and technology transfer. His interest in energy derives in part from that last experience, but also from his current role in Cabot, that of Director of Process Development. Cabot has a number of new materials that may be important to improved energy use, and Dr. Ross is responsible that each of them can be produced by a viable chemical process.
    Mr. Joel D. Doyon
    Vice President, Gov't Programs Administration FuelCell Energy, Inc. Mr. Doyon has been involved in high temperature Fuel Cell development for stationary power applications for over 30 years at FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE), formerly Energy Research Corporation. His experience includes core technology cell and stack component research, manufacturing technology development, engineering management and government R&D. Mr. Doyon spent 10 years as Vice President of Engineering where he was responsible for the engineering and design of FCE’s current commercial fuel cell products. In his current position as Vice President of Government Programs, Mr. Doyon is responsible for overseeing FCE’s Coal-Based Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program, a 10-year, DOE sponsored program to engineer, design, construct and operate a multi-MW fuel cell power plant operating off coal syngas with near zero emissions.
    Mr. Kevin F. Fitzgerald, PE CMRP
    EVENT MODERATOR. Senior Program Director in the New Ventures group of Invensys Process Systems. Mr.Fitzgerald has had numerous technical management, engineering development and service delivery positions at Invensys, and has considerable experience in the chemical, oil and gas, as well as pharmaceutical and food industry, segments. Currently Mr Fitzgerald is a senior member of a corporate strategic initiative focusing on asset performance and collaborative production management solutions for industrial process operations. He has also served on the executive board of the MIMOSA standards organization and is heavily involved in the OpenO&MTM initiative. He holds a BA degree in Physics from Holy Cross College and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (Chemical) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.
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    Carbon Capture and Sequestration

    Carbon Dioxide Air Capture Technology!

    Date/Time   Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 5:30pm
    Place   Hilton Garden Inn - Burlington  (Directions)
    5 Wheeler Road
    Burlington, MA 01803
    Phone: 781-272-8800
    Topic Info   First Successful Demonstration of Carbon Dioxide Air Capture Technology Achieved !?- The Earth Institute at Columbia University

    A recent report on global warming states that the world will need to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 11 billion tons by 2025 to maintain a concentration of the gas in the atmosphere at twice pre-industrial levels. Technologies now under development promise to make a start on this Herculean task.

    Global Research Technology’s demonstration plant could have far-reaching consequences in the battle to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. For the first time, carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles on the streets of Bangkok can be removed from the atmosphere by capture devices located anywhere in the world.

    GRT’s technique, called “air extraction?, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere regardless of where it was generated. Extraction devices can be deployed in a distributed fashion and do not need to be retrofitted into existing facilities, eliminating the current need to match sources with sinks.

    • How does it work?
    • What could it accomplish?
    • How will such a system be implemented on a larger scale?

    On September 6th our evening’s presenter Allen Wright, President of GRT, will provide the answers to some of these key questions.

    There will be an introduction and general discussion on carbon capture and sequestration led by Dr. Steve Fitzpatrick.

    Directions: I-95 Exit 32B left at exit Left on Wheeler Road
    Speakers   Allen Wright
    President of Global Research Technology. For more on GRT, go to http://www.grestech.com/who.php

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    Winery / Distillery Tour

    Winery / Distillery Tour

    Date/Time   Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 2:00pm
    Place   Nashoba Valley Winery  (Directions)
    100 Wattaquadoc Road
    Bolton, MA 01740
    Phone: 978-779-5521
    Topic Info  
    Speakers   Unspecified

    Unspecified
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    Leadership Development Conference

    2007 LDC Hosted by Boston Local Section

    Date/Time   Friday, June 8, 2007 at 5:30pm
    Place   Courtyard Boston Tremont
    Topic Info   The 2007 LDC will be held June 8-10 at the Courtyard Tremont hotel in downtown Boston. PLEASE REGISTER AT: http://www.aiche.org/leadershipconference.aspx
    Speaker   LDC Program
    Speakers from AIChE National Board of Directors Workshop Facilitators Visioning Session Facilitators Select Volunteer Leaders from Sections/Divs/Forums
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    Pharmaceutical Production and Evaluation - Integration of Microfabrication and Cell Culture

    BioProcessing-on-a-Chip

    Date/Time   Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 5:30pm
    Place   Crowne Plaza  (Directions)
    1360 Worcester Street
    Natick, MA 01760
    Phone: 508-653-8800
    Topic Info   Pharmaceutical Production and Evaluation - Integration of Microfabrication and Cell Culture American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Boston Section Date: Thursday, May 17, 2007 Time: 5:30-9 PM Location: Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Natick, MA Of the roughly $800 million average cost of developing a new drug, the consequences of improved predictive accuracy may be on the order of $100 million for each drug that ultimately wins FDA marketing approval. The integration of microfabrication, microfluidics, and cell culture provides a large array of applications relevant to pharmaceutical discovery, evaluation, and production. Dr. Michael Shuler will discuss his work, which encompasses systems such as “Body-on-a-Chip?, “Animal-on-a-Chip? and “Bioprocess-on-a-Chip?. The “Body-on-a-Chip? and “Animal-on-a-Chip? systems can be used to evaluate preclinical pharmaceuticals or mixtures of pharmaceuticals for potential safety and efficacy. The “Bioprocess-on-a-Chip? technology should facilitate the early optimization of biomanufacturing parameters for production of therapeutic proteins from animal cell cultures in suspension. The “Body-on-the-Chip? system is being developed commercially by HµRel, Inc. for use by pharmaceutical and cosmetic firms. Directions: Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Natick From Boston Tnpk (I-90) West take Exit 13. Follow Shoppers World signs, left at light, left at next light to Rte. 9 East. From I-90 Eastbound, Exit 12 to Rte. 9 Eastbound.
    Speaker   Dr. Michael L. Shuler

    Professor Michael L. Shuler was the first scientist to envision the possibility, and pioneer the practice, of quantitatively simulating molecular and cellular biological systems with in vitro devices such as bioreactors and dynamic cell culture analog systems. The patented HµREL® technology, co-invented by Dr. Shuler embodies his research at the micro-device scale. Dr. Shuler is the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the McCormick Chair of Biomedical engineering at Cornell University. Michael has been the director of both the Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering programs at Cornell. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He holds a BS in Chemical engineering from Notre Dame University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Michael is also the co-author of the book BioProcess Engineering: Basic Concepts – (Prentice Hall) as well as more than 25 published articles.

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    January 12, 2006 Meeting

    Genzyme - Chemical Engineers in BioPharma Development

    Date/Time   Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 5:30pm
    Place   DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel
    550 Winter Street
    Waltham, MA 02451
    Phone: 781-890-6767
    Topic Info   Genzyme is one of the world's leading biotechnology companies, with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion and nearly 7,000 employees. W. Blair Okita, Senior VP Therapeutics Manufacturing and Development, will discuss the Role of Chemical Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Development. Genzyme is dedicated to making a major positive impact on the lives of people with serious disease. The translation of ideas into products requires the integration of the talents and experience of individuals with diverse backgrounds. Chemical engineers play a vital part in the development, design, analysis and manufacture of these products. Following a brief description of Genzyme, he will explore the areas in which chemical engineers make a difference in the lives of patients served.
    Speaker   Dr. Blair Okita
    Dr. Blair Okita is Senior Vice President, Therapeutics Manufacturing and Development, at Genzyme Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the development, scale-up and manufacturing of biologicals, polymers and small molecules, at sites in the U.S.A. and Europe. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Okita spent five years at Merck & Co., Inc. where his last position was Director of Vaccine Technology. In this role, he led a group that provided technical support to Biological Manufacturing. Before Merck, Mr. Okita was Assistant Director in the Department of Biological Process Sciences at SmithKline Beecham, plc where he led a Bioreactor Scale-up group responsible for the development and scale-up of microbial as well as cell culture based processes. Dr. Okita received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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    December 1, 2005 Meeting

    Chemical Engineering: The Next Twenty Years

    Date/Time   Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 5:30pm
    Place   Sheraton Lexington Hotel  (Directions)
    Lexington, MA
    Topic Info   What will tomorrow bring for New England's Chemical Engineering Careers? Across New England, major changes are taking place that will dramatically impact your career. Chemical Engineers from a variety of job categories, such as R&D, Process Engineers, Plant Engineers, Managers, Consultants, and Academia will be affected.
    Speaker   Dr. Albert J. Sacco
    Dr. Albert J. Sacco is the Director of the Center for Microgravity Materials Processing (CAMMP), a NASA Space Partnership Development Center at Northeastern University, Boston, MA and George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Department Chair at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern and his Ph.D at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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