2020: Past Meetings

Following is a summary of meetings held in 2020, listed in reverse chronological order.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Topic:
Lessons Learned in Saudi Arabia
Speaker:
Mr. Joseph F. Pilaro
Biography:
Mr. Joseph F. Pilaro graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BChE and from Trinity Colleges with an MBA. In industry, he was VP Investor Relations and Corporate Planning at Quantum Chemicals; at Mobil Chemicals, he was based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as VP Chemicals, a board member of Yanpet, Mobil’s joint venture with SABIC and with Mobil Polymers in Greenwich responsible for marketing the output of Yanpet. In post-retirement consulting, he worked for BRAE Partners advising clients in basic chemicals, food processing and acquisitions. Mr. Pilaro is a member of the AIChE, the Societe de Chimie Industrielle and Science History Institute in Philadelphia. He has been on the boards and serves as a mentor to students. Abstract: Mr. Joseph F. Pilaro will present a case history of his experiences as a Chemical Engineer and about his time in Saudi Arabia as VP, Chemicals at Mobil-Saudi Arabia. He will outline the joint project with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), the structure of the marketing company, Mobil Polymers International, and will describe his experience dealing with the Saudis and a bit about the P & L that resulted. The timeframe was 1985- 1990. Lessons learned will be summarized for attendees.
Location:
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
Speaker:
Peter J. Sibilski, P.E, CEM, FAIChE, Plant Manager – Pharmetics Manufacturing Co. LLC
Biography:
With nearly 40 years of experience in project management, product development, and energy management in the process-chemical and pharmaceuticals industries, Peter has led diverse, crossfunctional teams in achieving business-driven goals for projects of significant dollar value. Peter has a proven track-record of successful and award-winning product development and project implementation providing significant cost savings, increased operational efficiencies, and enhanced competitive position. He received his BSChE from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and has an MBA – Technology Management from The University of Phoenix. Peter is a licensed P.E. in New Jersey, and is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).
Abstract: October 23, 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that killed 23 workers, and injured over 300 more, at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, TX. The explosion, which occurred at the Phillips 66 Houston Chemical Complex (HCC) on the Houston Ship Channel, helped modernize process safety management (PSM) programs in the United States. This significant incident removed any doubt that a catastrophic industrial process release could produce severe consequences in a geographic region with a mature regulatory framework. We will review what happened, why it happened, and what were the lessons learned.
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Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
Speaker:
David Morse
Biography:
Dave has spent 38 years in the specialty chemicals industry in pilot plants and production since graduating from Bucknell University with a BSChE. It was while working in the Sandoz/Clariant pilot plant that he was tapped to research and develop the process which is the topic of tonight’s talk. Dave has leveraged his interest in chemistry to enhance his career as an industrial chemical engineer with specialty chemical producers Henkel/Cognis & Sandoz/Clariant then to printing ink developer Markem-Imaje. He has been consulting in specialty chemicals for the past year. Abstract: This talk will cover the chemical research via batch extraction & calorimetry, the piloting on an extraction column, economics of the proposed production solution, and the building/installation of the production column where there is chemical reaction occurring at the same time as phase transfer. The process stream to be treated is spent sulfuric acid from a dinitration reaction. We will look at the reaction kinetics, liquid/liquid distribution equilibrium data development, and piloting parameters that were empirically determined.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Location:
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Location:
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Location:
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Location:
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Topic:
Council Meeting
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Location:
Virtual Meeting