AIChE Hosts Spring National Meeting and 3rd Global Congress on Process Safety

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Highlights of April 22-27 national meeting in Houston will include many topics critical to the chemical engineering industry today along with national speakers.

Chief among those topics is meeting the world’s growing energy needs and the safety of refineries and chemical plants.

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Energy needs, a continuing topic of critical interest among the members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, will be a dominant theme running through the organization’s Spring National Meeting this year.

Thousands of chemical engineers will gather from April 22-27 at the Houston Hilton-Americas for the 2007 AIChE Spring National Meeting, in the city that has been an oil production hub for decades. The AIChE sessions and co-located workshops will provide participants with the most up-to-date information available to chemical engineers on the issues of the day.

In addition, the Third Global Congress on Process Safety will meet, the largest gathering of process safety professionals in the world. Participants will look at critical issues such as preparing for hurricanes, security standards and lessons learned from the BP Texas City accident. The event will include the 22nd Center for Chemical Process Safety International Conference; 41st Loss Prevention Symposium and 9th Process Plant Safety Symposium.

“The scope of important societal issues that chemical engineers are engaged in today has never been greater,” said John Sofranko, executive director of AIChE. “Chief among those topics is meeting the world’s growing energy needs and the safety of refineries and chemical plants.”

Topics of the conference include advances in petrochemicals; natural gas utilization; and energy processes, among others.

The conference will include well-respected speakers such as Dr. Dan Arvizu, who is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, is the government’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.

Carl Bauer, Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a national laboratory owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, also will speak. In his
position Bauer oversees the implementation of major science and technology development programs to resolve the environmental, supply, and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil resources.

Other highlights of the conference include:

  • The 10th Topical Conference on Refinery Processing, which will focus on the challenges and potential solutions of issues facing the refining industry.
  • 19th Ethylene Producers Conference.

In addition, two other areas will be focused on during the week.

  • AIChE and the Society of Petroleum Engineers will hold a joint workshop on Exploiting the Value of Heavy Oil. The Workshop builds on an earlier joint workshop and addresses topics of great relevance as attention to developing ways to use heavy oil to help meet the world’s growing energy needs increases.
  • AIChE and the American Chemical Society are holding a joint Management Conference focusing on Managing CPI (Chemical Process Industry) Energy and Raw Materials Uncertainties in a Global Context. This conference, designed for more senior managers in the chemical enterprise, will address the challenges of uncertain market conditions and strategies for dealing wit them.

Both the Joint Workshop and the Management Conference take place at the Houston Hilton-Americas on April 26-27.

This year AIChE also has scheduled one-day focused programming aimed at professionals in the Houston and Freeport areas. The topics include fossil fuels and CO2 on April 23; a safe reliable energy supply on April 24; operations and reliability and project management on April 25 and sustainable development and the environment on April 26.

There also will be a special track of programming to support younger professionals who are in the first decade of their careers. The goal is to help them do their jobs better and to more quickly become productive employees.

AIChE also will be sponsoring a career fair on Sunday, April 22 for professionals interested in advancing their careers, with opportunities to meet with employers representing educational institutions, business and industry.

For more information about the conference or related workshops and meetings please go to

About AIChE
AIChE, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008, is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society.

Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at

Jeanette Krebs
Phone: 717-214-2200
Cell: 717-418-6106


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