November 3, 2011
The main theme of the conference is “Energy is Everything” so the goal of the various sessions listed below is to highlight how the various topics relate to Energy. The sessions are focused first on what is happening now with take-home examples as well as a look over the horizon at oncoming process energy developments. View the Conference Program
Nick Spencer’s Bio: Nick Spencer serves as the Whiting Refinery Business Unit Leader since October 2009 coming to BP from ConocoPhillips. Previous to this, Nick held the position of General Man-ager Middle East and North Africa Refinery Marketing and Transportation. In 1980, he joined the Humber refinery in England and worked in process engineering and projects before taking on a series of supervisor roles at the refinery. In 1995, he transferred to Conoco headquarters in Houston to lead the operations optimization team for the company’s refining and marketing activities in Gulf Coast region. He moved to Lake Charles, LA the following year to serve as operations manager at Conoco's refinery in Westlake. After a term at Harvard business School, he moved to Ponca City refinery, Oklahoma, in 1999 as refinery manager. In 2002, he transferred back to the UK as general manager of the Humber refinery. Following this assignment, he relocated to London as general manager of European Refining and in September 2006 he moved to Abu Dhabi to lead two new Refinery development projects, one in Saudi Arabia and one in Fujairah. A native of England, Nick earned a first-class honors degree in chemical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He also successfully completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Nick and his wife, Angela, reside in Chicago, IL.
• Friday, November 11th - Narasimha Rao, Division Vice President of R & D, Innovation Marketing for the Nalco Company, will talk about Improving Energy Efficiency in Industrial Use: Why Water Matters.
Summary - Water is the heat transfer medium of choice in industry, thanks to its plentiful availability and excellent thermal properties. Whether through process heating and cooling, or waste water treatment, water is associated with nearly 70% of the energy in an industrial plant. In the industrial world, the parameter of interest is water quality more than quantity. Water quality directly impacts corrosion, scaling and microbial activity which in turn impact energy efficiency, asset integrity, product quality and therefore, capital and operating expenses. Managing water effectively, is therefore of great importance in managing energy. Doing this involves a holistic approach involving understanding of the water and energy balance at the plant level, a fundamental understanding of process and how water chemistry impacts the process, and modeling tools to predict how the water and energy balance can be impacted through chemical, operational or mechanical means. While a lot of attention has been paid lately to energy efficiency in non-industrial sectors, there is a significant need and demand for innovations and investments to improve energy efficiency in the industrial space.
Narasimha Rao’s Bio: Dr. NM Rao joined Nalco in 1990 after finishing his PhD in chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Madras University, India and a MS in Chemical Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has been involved in innovation related to Water and Energy Optimization throughout his career and has led the development and commercialization of several industry leading offerings including the TRASAR 3000, 3D TRASAR®, and Nalco 360™ Service. Over the years, he has held various R & D and Innovation related positions, including a stint in Asia Pacific and currently serves a multi-faceted role as Division Vice President of R & D, Innovation Marketing, and Automation. His inventions have resulted in 7 patents and he has been widely recognized including the R&D 100 award, the 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Award, and the 2010 Global Water Award.
Planned Energy-Based Technical Sessions are the following topical areas:
Back to Basics Tutorials
University Process Research
In addition to the technical sessions, there will be a poster session featuring topics that graduate and undergraduate students from these universities are currently addressing in their research.
As a part of the registration fee for the conference breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided. Following the poster session the Local Chicago Section will be hold their monthly dinner meeting. This is separate event from the conference and all are welcome to attend. See the registration for more details.
For Young Professionals (AIChE-YPAB)