2013 AIChE Annual Meeting

2013 AIChE Annual Meeting

CCR Session

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

CCR Event at the AIChE Annual Meeting

CCR will host a session on “Effective Industry-University Partnerships” at the 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Monday, November 4 from 12:30pm-3:30pm (Hilton Grand Ballroom A). 


The following speakers from both industry and academia with significant and sustained levels of experience in industry-university partnerships will be sharing best practices:

Shawn Feist, Dow, Senior R&D Leader
Joe Powell, Shell, Chief Scientist-Chemical Engineering
Mark Shiflett, DuPont, Senior Research Associate
Kanwal Jit Singh, Intel
Gintaras “Rex” Reklaitis, Purdue University
Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering (directs an NSF-Engineering Research Center)
Brent Shanks, Iowa State University
Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering (directs an NSF-Engineering Research Center)
John Van Zee, University of Alabama, Department Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering (directs an NSF-Industry/University Cooperative Research Center)

Specific topics that will be discussed include:  How to find academic or industry partners and forge the relationship; Various types of research and consulting interactions; Various types of industry-funded university research centers; Involvement in pre-competitive research; How to be successful in a university-industry research partnership; Keys to sustaining a university-industry partnership; Involvement with university department Industrial Advisory Boards; Types of industrial funding opportunities; Writing a research proposal targeted towards industry; IP and licensing technology; Specific university-industry educational partnership programs (e.g., the Dow Safety Program)

Speaker Bios

Shawn Feist is a Senior Research and Development Leader in Engineering and Process Science, Core R&D for The Dow Chemical Company where he is responsible for driving the process development and implementation of new products and processes across numerous Dow businesses.  He is also responsible for leading the external technology and university portfolio for Engineering and Process Science.  Prior to that, Feist was a Business Development Manager for The Dow Chemical Company’s Water and Process Solutions (W&PS) business where he was responsible for new business development activities relating to W&PS’s global application growth areas, spanning a number of water and other separation-driven markets.  Additionally Feist has held several other positions leading activities in R&D, Manufacturing and Engineering, Six Sigma, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  He has implemented several new technologies within Dow and is the author of 15 patents and patent applications.  Feist holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Joe Powell is an AIChE Fellow and Shell's Chief Scientist, Chemical Engineering. He joined the Process Development Department at what is now Shell Technology Center Houston in 1988, where he has led major R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery.  Dr. Powell has been granted more than forty-five U.S. patents and several industry awards, including the A. D. Little Award for Chemical Engineering Innovation (AIChE 1998).   He is co-editor and chapter author for the book Sustainable Development in the Process Industries:  Cases and Impact, John Wiley & Sons, New York (2010).   Dr. Powell obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984), following a B.S.in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia (1978). 
Mark Shiflett, P.E. is a Senior Research Associate at DuPont in the Central Research and Development division at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware.  He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.  He has worked on a variety of DuPont programs and most recently been leading a team of research scientists studying new applications using ionic liquids.  Dr. Shiflett is an inventor on 31 granted U.S. patents and author of 65 publications.  He has invented and commercialized three refrigerant mixtures for the DuPont Company which has generated revenues in excess of one billion dollars.  He received the prestigious DuPont Bolton Carothers Innovative Science award for these inventions in 2005.  He also received the “Heroes of Chemistry” award from the American Chemical Society in 2006 and the University of Delaware Presidential Citation in 2007 for this work.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering where he teaches courses in thermodynamics, mass transfer and kinetics. 

Kanwal Jit Singh graduated from Cornell University with a Doctorate in physical organic chemistry where his research focus was the kinetic and mechanistic understanding of organolithium solvation and aggregation. In 2006, he joined the Components Research organization at Intel Corporation in the Advanced Etch and Cleans group.   Dr. Singh’s current research at Intel straddles the multidisciplinary fields of chemistry, materials science and fluid dynamics. He investigates and develops novel cleans formulations capable of removing lithography anti-reflective coatings, resists, sacrificial materials and post-etch polymeric residues with selectivity towards various classes of low-k dielectrics, hardmasks, and interconnect metals. In 2013, Dr. Singh was awarded the prestigious Intel Achievement Award for demonstration of novel interconnect materials which enabled aggressive density scaling at the 10 nm node. Dr. Singh chairs Intel’s reliability, back-end processes and interconnects strategic research sector which is responsible for fostering world class external collaborations. He has been an active participant in University collaborations in various roles as mentor, liaison and guide.

Gintaras “Rex” Reklaitis is the Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and the Deputy Director of the NSF-Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Composites.  He is the former Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and Member of the National Academy of Engineering.  Professor Reklaitis has had significant and sustained partnerships with industry on many levels – through research interactions, industrial advisory boards, and various educational and development initiatives at Purdue.  His own research involves the application of computing, information and systems technology to support the complex decisions inherent to the design and operation of processing systems.

Brent Shanks is the Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Director of the NSF-Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) at Iowa State University.  He was a research engineer from 1988-1997 and department manager from 1997-1999 at Shell Chemical Company.  He received a B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1983; M.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1985; and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1988.  Professor Shanks’ research projects include Catalytic Conversion of Biorenewable Feedstocks; Mesoporous Metal Oxides as Nanostructured Catalytic Hosts; and Potassium-Promoted Iron Oxide Catalysts.

John Van Zee is Department Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama.  He is also the Director of the NSF-Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fuel Cells. As director, he recruited dues-paying companies to work with multiple professors and graduate students on pre-competitive research, and the Center has been a catalyst for community, state, regional, national and international collaboration.  During 2006 and 2007, Professor Van Zee served as founding director of the Future Fuels Research Initiative, establishing international research relationships for professors and students. During 2005, he helped establish the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance with state-wide participation from small businesses, non-profit organizations, other universities and state agencies.

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