November 28-30, 2023 | Moody Gardens | Galveston, TX

ChemE Show Agenda

Develop your skills and earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending each technical session.  You can earn up to 14 elective hours and fulfill your mandatory Ethics hour for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers

*Agenda is subject to change, for most up to date agenda please email Melissa Smith at

Tuesday November 28, 2023

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 - 10:00 AM Profitable Decarbonization: How Digital Twins increase Efficiency and Reduce Emissions
Anne Emberson, Area VP, Digital, NALCO Water
Sterling Allen, Business Development Director, Siemens Industry Software
Session 01: Green Petrochemicals/ Circular Economy
10:00 - 10:30 AM Chemical Recycling of Polyethylene by Tandem Catalytic Conversion to Propylene
Dr. Ivan Konstantinov, Sr. Research Scientist
The Dow Chemical Company
10:30 - 11:00 AM Data as a key resource to chemical recycling
Ujjal Basu, Sr. Principal Technical Sales Consultant,
11:00 - 11:30 AM Ethanol to Ethylene - A Proven Route to Green Products
Scott Neifert, Ethylene Technology Manager,
Lummus Technology
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Technical Theatre Presentations
Presentation by: Calgavin
Session 02: Ethylene and Derivatives Session 03: Decarbonization/ Sustainability
1:00 - 1:30 PM Optimization Model for Polymer Production Scheduling
Aurelio Ferrucci, Executive Vice President,
Prometheus SRL
Energy & Sustainability Research at PVAMU Center for Energy & Environmental Sustainability
Dr. Sunith Madduri, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Faryal Fatima, Research Assistant, Prairie View A&M University
1:30 - 2:00 PM Carbon Neutral Ethylene Oxide/ Ethylene Glycol (EO/EG) Technology
Saurabh Katiyar, Principal Technologist,
Scientific Design Company, Inc.
Examples & Best Practices to begin your decarbonization Efforts
Robert Swim, Chemical Industry Manager, North America,
Rockwell Automation
2:00 - 2:30 PM (K-COT) Comercially proven FCC-based technology that uses a specialized ZSM5 catalyst to convert low-value hydrocarbon feedstock into high-value
propylene and ethylene
Rian Reyneke, Chief Technical Leader, Olefins Technology,
Technologies of Choice for Mega Scale production of Low Carbon Energy Vectors
Maximilian Helmle, Solutions Development Manager, Air Liquide
2:30 - 3:00 PM Networking Break and Technical Theatre Presentations
Energy-automation-software triad to achieve sustainability in chemicals and clean energy
Yasmine McColl, Global Business Development Leader,
Chemicals Segment, Schneider Electric
Session 04: Maintenance and Reliability Session 05: AI/Machine Learning/ Digital Transformation
3:00 - 3:30 PM Vapor Nano Bubble Infusion to Mitigate Heat Exchanger Fouling and Improve its Environmental Impact
Michael Radicon, Lead Specialty Products,
How to get a head start on your digitalization journey
Alex Pfalzgraf, Senior Digitalization Consultant,
Siemens Industry Inc.
3:30 - 4:00 PM TBA AI Enables Industrial Autonomous Operations in the Chemical Industry
Elbert van der Bijl, Director of Marketing and Solutions Consulting,
Yokogawa Corporation of America

Wednesday November 29, 2023

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
Session 06: Cutting-Edge Technologies Revolutionizing the Process Industry Session 07: Chemical / Plastics Circularity
10:00 - 10:30 AM Commercialization of Innovation from ideation
Dr. Ida Chen, R&D Fellow,
The Dow Chemical Company
Advanced Recycling - Overcoming the Challenges in Feeding Plastic Waste into the Recator
Dr. Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant,
Jenike & Johanson
10:30 - 11:00 AM Accelerating Chemical Reactions through Programmable Catalysis
Omar Abdelrahman, Assistant Professor,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Leveraging Life Cycle Assessment to Compare Linear and Circular Ecosystems
Dr. Mahesh Sawant Senior Research Scientist,
The Dow Chemical Company
11:00 - 11:30 AM What crystal engineering can teach us about water treatment
Mike Reynolds, Senior Principal Scientist,
Shell Catalysts and Technologies
Feedstock Options for a Circular Economy in NetZero World
Dr. Joseph B. Powell, Aspire Endowed Executive Director,
University of Houston
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch
Session 08: Energy Efficiency &Decarbonization - Success Stories I Session 09: Plant Operations
1:00 - 1:30 PM Energy Management Principles for Carbon Reduction
Frank Roberto
ExxonMobil (Retired)
Using Applied AI for Operations Excellence
Ayush Pathak, Project Manager
Sameer Thorat, Director - Process Analytics and Engineering, Americas,
1:30 - 2:00 PM Accelerate Your Sustainability Program
Dr. Douglas White, Principal Consultant,
Emerson Automation Solutions
Using Dynamic Process Simulators as a Virtual Plant
Steve Brown, President, and
David Hill, Head of Partners
2:00 - 2:30 PM Path to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions: Opportunities, Technologies, and Strategies for Dow
Dr. Michael (Mike) Curtis, Carbon and Energy Technology Principal,
The Dow Chemical Company
The Cost of Incomplete Cleaning
Byron Kieser, Chief Scientific Officers
Roberto Tomotaki, Heat Transfer Specialist,
Clean as New
2:30 - 3:00 PM Networking Break
Session 10: Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization - Projects and Programs Session 11: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
3:00 - 3:30 PM Enterprise-wide Energy Efficiency Fleet Monitoring Tool
Bill Hicks, Principal Sustainability Engineer,
Scale-up Methodologies for Developing Novel Polymers
Hsu Chiang, Polymer Process Development and Scale-up Team Lead,
3:30 - 4:00 PM Continuous Energy Improvement at Chevron Phillips Chemical Orange Plant
Denyse Howard, Process Engineer,
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Nitric Oxide Resistant Diesel Oxidation Catalysts
Gary R. Gildert, Ph.D. Candidate,
University Of Houston
4:00 - 4:30 PM Decarbonized Olefin Production
Chris Scharf, Vice President, Petrochemicals,
Hybrid Modeling Approach for Catalyst Monitoring and Lifetime Prediction
Linh Bui, Associate Research Scientist,
The Dow Chemical Company
4:30 - 6:30 PM Networking Mixer Sponsored by the South Texas Section of AIChE and TIEEP

Thursday November 30, 2023

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
Session 12: Renewable and Sustainable Technologies Session 13: Distillation and Separation I
10:00 - 10:30 AM Presentation title TBD
Hassan Qureshi, Business Development Manager,
Honeywell UOP
Elevating Ultra-Low Liquid Load Separation System to Peak Performance
Shwu Tyng Goh, Global Product Manager for Packing,
Sulzer Chemtech Ltd.
10:30 - 11:00 AM Preventing Unplanned Shutdowns: Critical Specifications of Reactor Thermometry for Renewable Fuel Production
Justin Becker, Regional Technology Manager,
Daily Thermetrics Corporation
Life and Legacy of Professor Kenneth Edwin Porter - Shinig the way for distillation engineers
Simon Chambers, Independent Consultant
11:00 - 11:30 AM Renewable Feedstocks Processing challenges & Solutions
Sankaran Murugesan, Project Manager,
Baker Hughes
Assessing Weepage conditions in Large Trayed Industrial Columns
Dr. J. Antonio Garcia, President,
Global Mass Transfer Equipment Solutions, LLC
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch
Session14: AI / IIoT Session 15: Distillation and Separation II
1:00 - 1:30 PM AI-infused chemical plant monitoring: different approaches and use cases for improved efficiency and sustainability
Ryan Muir, Principal Architect,
Commercializing Decarbonization Technologies Involving Novel Distillation & Separations - De-risking Project Techno-Economic Challenges
Mauricio Villegas, Manager of Business Development
Koch Modular Process Systems
1:30 - 2:00 PM Timeseries Analytics and AI Empowering SMEs to Deliver Business Value: Morgan Bowling, Industry Principal - Oil & Gas, Seeq The Role and Challenges of Industral Scale Distillation Research
Tony Cai, Chief Scientist,
Fractionation Research, Inc.
2:00 - 2:30 PM Examples of Machine Learning Applications in the Chemical Industry and What We Need to Move to Scale: Dr. Xingyu Zhou, Senior Research Statistician and Data Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company Toward Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing via Systems Engineering Approaches
Dr. Zheyu Jiang, Assistant Professor,
Oklahoma State University
2:30 - 3:00 PM Networking Break
Session 16: Engineering Ethics
3:00 - 4:00 PM Engineering Ethics 2023 - Speaking to Power
Alan Rossiter, Executive Director, External Relations and Educational Program Development
UH Energy, University of Houston