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May 20 2010

AIChE Hosts Biomass Conference at NYIT


Keynote speaker Dr. Oliver Peoples, Chief Scientific Officer &
Vice President of Research at Metabolix

 

New York, N.Y. (May 20, 2010) – The Metro New York Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the “Biomass as a Feedstock” conference on Monday, May 17at New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) Manhattan campus.

The conference was organized in recognition of the growing importance of producing fuels, chemicals, plastics, and polymers from renewable resources rather than the traditional fossil-based resources, which include oil, coal, and natural gas. Attendees discussed the extent to which this change is occurring and the challenges that need to be overcome before these nascent technologies are fully mature.

“Conserving our natural resources and finding alternative pathways to manufacture chemicals is what we teach on a daily basis in the classroom,” said Nada Anid, Ph,D., dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “This makes NYIT a perfect venue for conferences of this nature as they open up opportunities for intellectual discourse, networking, and knowledge sharing among faculty, professionals, and students.”

The conference included keynote speakers and networking opportunities. Topics included "Biomass: Alternative Feedstocks for Fuels, Chemicals, and Polymers" by Howard Blum, industry consultant; "Distributed Production of Advanced Biofuels from Biomass Waste" by Professor Niyi Lawal, Stevens Institute of Technology; "Biomass-Derived Materials, Chemicals, and Fuels Based on the PHA Platform," by Oliver Peoples, Metabolix; "Polymers from Biomass," by Bob Williams, Cereplast Inc.; and "Intellectual Property Issues," by Barry Schindler, Greenberg Traurig.

“Our goals were met and we were very pleased with the quality of, and interest in the presentations,” said Joe Porcelli from JVP International, Inc., and chair of the AIChE Metro New York Section Program Committee. “The large number of questions to all speakers spoke to the interest generated in our audience of practicing engineers, scientists, and students.”

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), founded in 1955, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 81,500 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

About AIChE
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the global professional community for more than 40,000 engineers in 93 countries. The Metro New York section of AIChE serves members in the five boroughs of New York City and in Suffolk and Nassau counties. The group’s mission is to help advance the profession of chemical engineering by disseminating technical, regulatory, business, and educational information related to the profession and practice of chemical engineering. AIChE helps its members attain their professional goals throughout their careers and represents its members’ interests through cooperative efforts with other professional societies, governmental entities, and society-at-large. For more information about the AIChE, visit http://tinyurl.com/nyaiche.


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