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The Particle Technology Forum election will be taking place from September 13, 2016 to September 27, 2016.
You can review each candidate’s biography below. Once you have made your selection(s), go to this link, log in to AIChE, and click “Vote”.
You will be voting for two candidates from each position, Industry and Academia.
|A.-H. Alissa Park||Ah-Hyung Alissa Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute. Her research focuses on sustainable energy conversion pathways with emphasis on integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The current efforts include the fundamental studies of chemical and physical interactions of natural and engineered materials with CO2 such as the development of novel nano-scale hybrid materials for integrated CO2 capture and conversion. Founded on these new materials and reaction schemes as well as particle technology principals, Park group is also working on innovative fuel synthesis pathways using unconventional energy sources such as shale gas, biomass and municipal solid wastes, while minimizing environmental impacts. Park received a number of professional awards and honors including the NSF CAREER Award in 2009 and James Lee Young Investigator Award in 2010. Alissa has been an active Particle Technology Forum (PTF) member since 2007. Her contributions include Nominating Committee Chair (2016-present), Treasurer (2010-2016), Chair (2011-2013) and Vice-Chair (2009-2011) of Area 3 Group B: Fluidization & Fluid-Particle Systems, and Elected Executive Committee Member (2008-2012).|
|Rich Lueptow||Richard M. Lueptow is Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Research at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Co-Founder of the Master of Product Design and Development Program, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and former Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He received his BS from Michigan Technological University and his master’s degree and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has five years of product development experience in the biomedical industry and nearly three decades of academic experience on the faculty at Northwestern University. His research interests and expertise range from fundamental flow physics to water purification to acoustics. His current research focuses on granular flow dynamics, reverse osmosis, and nonlinear dynamics. He has published over 135 refereed journal papers and 6 patents. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and is a Registered Professional Engineer as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.|
|Jin Sun||Dr Jin Sun is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a PhD in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and conducted postdoctoral research in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University until 2010. He works on modelling and simulation of dense particulate flows and collaborates closely with various industry partners. He has been focusing on unifying the rheology of different particulate systems, ranging from dry to wet and colloidal to granular systems; and apply the rheological framework to guide production formulation and design of particulate processes, such as paste extrusion, granulation and powder fluidization. He is Principal Investigator of three UK EPSRC projects (total ~£2.4M) and co-investigator on three EU projects (~€11M). He is a committee member of the Particle Technology Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chemical Engineers in the UK.|
|Heather Emady||Dr. Heather Emady is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Arizona State University, with research interests in particulate process and product design. She has degrees from the University of Arizona (B.S., 2007) and Purdue University (Ph.D., 2012). Heather did postdoctoral work in P&G’s Microstructured Fluids group, as well as in Rutgers University’s Catalyst Manufacturing Science and Engineering Consortium (CMSEC) and Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (ERC-SOPS). She joined ASU in January 2015, and won the Bisgrove Scholar Award soon thereafter. Heather has been active on the executive committee of the AIChE Women’s Initiatives Committee since 2012, and currently serves as vice chair.|
|Michael J. Molnar||Michael Molnar began his career at Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation in 1995 after receiving a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2000, he also earned a M.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from The University of Michigan. For over 18 years, Michael worked in multiple process engineering and manufacturing support roles. He has specialization in chemical vapor deposition, fluidization, reaction engineering, and process research. Most notably, Michael worked on the development of size reduction and classification technologies for high purity polysilicon products and development of fluidized bed deposition process to produce silicon granules. In Michael’s current role within The Dow Chemical Company, he supports technology development of specialty silanes. Michael is a recipient of two Dow Corning Corporation technical achievement awards and a recognized inventor with seven granted patent families. He is a senior member of AIChE, having served as both treasurer and chair of the Mid-Michigan Local Section, and is a member of the Particle Technology Forum. In 2015, he was selected by the National Academy of Engineering to participate in the China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (CAFOE).|
|Oleh Baran||Oleh Baran is the Technical Specialist in Particle Flow Modeling at CD-adapco (A Siemens business). Oleh has over 15 years of experience on particle mechanics and granular flows. After obtaining PhD from McGill University he carried out postdoctoral research at the UWO and NJIT focusing on modeling and understanding the physics of dense granular flows relevant to industrial mixing processes and geological applications. Afterwards, Oleh worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering developing DEM models for rock fracture during drilling and conducted research in granular flow dynamics. Oleh is working for CAE software industry since 2007 performing engineering consulting on particle and multiphase flow modeling related projects for industry and government research organizations and advising software development team of new and improved modeling approaches. Over several recent years Oleh presented at AIChE annular meetings his papers on DEM simulations of particle flow in fluidized beds and novel numerical algorithms for coupling between particle and fluid flows that can provide new and more practical balance between accuracy and performance of the models of particle-fluid flow in industrial applications.|
Mayank Kashyap is a Lead Scientist and an SME in particle technology and fluidization, at SABIC. He is concurrently the Chair of SABIC Community of Practitioners (CoP) and Chief Editor of CoP newsletter, in particle technology and fluidization. Previously, as a Fluidization Engineer at Ascend Performance Materials, he oversaw research activities and supported the development and improvement of fluidization and reactor technology. Kashyap earned the prestigious APEX Award in 2011 and 2012, and Special Recognition Award in 2012, for making noteworthy contributions to acrylonitrile business at Ascend. Kashyap is on the Board of AIChE PTF, serving as the Chair of AIChE PTF Student Workshop. He also co-chairs the AIChE PTF Fundamentals of Fluidization I session. Kashyap was instrumental in establishing the AIChE PTF SABIC Young Professional Award. He is on the Advisory Board of 8th World Congress on Particle Technology. He was elected as a Technical Committee member at PSRI in 2014. Kashyap received Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Dimitri Gidaspow, Emeritus, at Illinois Institute of Technology. He was honored by AIChE PTF with the prestigious 2012 George Klinzing Best Ph.D. Award in Particle Technology. Additional information on Kashyap's professional background is available at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mayankkashyap.
|Brenda Remy||Dr. Brenda Remy is a Senior Research Investigator II in Pharmaceutical Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Remy has over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry spanning both research and development and commercial manufacturing. Her experience includes chemical synthesis design, particle engineering, solids mixing, process scale-up and optimization and troubleshooting of commercial manufacturing processes. Brenda holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.|
|Quan Yuan||Quan Yuan is a Sr Research Scientist with Dow Chemical, playing a technical leadership role in the fluid mechanics and mixing discipline. Prior to this, he has held various positions in UOP and Air Liquide. Quan has a Ph.D degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has done extensive work on modeling gas-solid granular flows in fluidized systems. He is a member of PTF, FPD and NAMF. Quan has been proactively participating in AICHE by presenting technical papers and chairing technical sessions in both national and regional conferences.|