Plenary Lectures

Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado

Dr. Kristi AnsethKristi Anseth is the Tisone Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Faculty Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine. Dr. Anseth’s research group has published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and she has trained more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2009), the National Academy of Medicine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences (2013), and the National Academy of Inventors (2016). She is also a dedicated teacher, who has received four University Awards related to her teaching, as well as the American Society for Engineering Education’s Curtis W. McGraw Award. Anseth is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Materials Research Society. She serves on the editorial boards or as associate editor of Biomacromolecules, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research — Part A, Acta Biomaterialia, Progress in Materials Science, and Biotechnology & Bioengineering.

Abstract: Engineering Precision Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine

As the demand for precision medicine continues to rise, the “one-size fits all” approach to the design of medical devices and therapies to treat specific diseases and injuries is becoming increasingly outdated.  Biomaterials have significant potential for transforming precision medicine, but individual complexity of patients often necessitates integrating multiple functions into a single biomaterial to successfully tailor personalized therapies.  With this increasing complexity, engineering principles based on unit operations can aid in the design of precision biomaterials for advanced regenerative medicine products. This talk will provide specific examples where biologically responsive and multifunctional biomaterials can be integrated into devices that precisely and adaptably react to a patient’s cells or specific disease condition.   These concepts will be placed in the broader context of next generation medical products that focus on repairing and reconstituting injured or diseased tissue structure and function. 

Max Lu, University of Surrey, UK

Professor Max Lu has been President and Vice-Chancellor of University of Surrey since April 2016. Previously he was Provost and Senior Vice-President at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the Boards of UK Research and Innovation, National Physical Laboratory, Universities UK, and serves on the Leadership Council of the National Centre for Universities and Business.  He is Deputy Lieutenant of County of Surrey. Professor Lu lectured at Nanyang Technological University from 1991 to 1994, and had held academic and leadership positions at the University of Queensland from 1994 to 2016, rising from senior lecturer to chair professor. He founded the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials and served as its inaugural director for 8 years. He was awarded the Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellowship twice, respectively, in 2003 and 2008.

As a double Highly Cited Researcher in both Materials Science and Chemistry, he has published over 500 journal papers on nanomaterials (h=111 and over 50,000 citations @Scopus). He is co-inventor of more than 20 granted international patents.  He has been honoured with numerous awards including Orica Award, RK Murphy Medal, Le Fevre Prize, ExxonMobil Award, China International Science and Technology Award, Japan Chemical Society Lecture Award, Chemeca Medal, and P.V. Danckwerts Lecture. He was also recently honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (Officer in the General Division) for his distinguished service to education and international research in the field of materials chemistry and nanotechnology, to engineering, and to Australia-China relations.

Professor Lu has served on many government committees and advisory boards including those under the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, ARC College of Experts, Australian Synchrotron, Stem Cells Australia. He is Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers, Royal Society of Chemistry, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and World Academy of Science.

Abstract: Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Materials

In the carbon constrained world today, climate change, long-term energy supply, clean water and environment are among the top ten challenges humanity is facing in the next century. Demands are growing for innovative technologies for renewable energy generation and storage as well as CO2 capture and utilisation. Sustainable energy and associated clean technologies are not only big challenges but also great business opportunities globally. Underpinning the strong development in such a “cleantech” sector are innovations in new materials and devices often enabled by advances in nanoscience and nanomaterials, as well as advanced manufacturing processes.

There have been many breakthroughs in new nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene, new photocatalytic materials and thermoelectrics. However, due to the slow progress and costs associated with scale-up production, there have been a little prospect for a killer application of nanomaterials in energy conversion and storage systems or devices. In this talk, I will give an overview of the latest energy materials being developed and enabled by nanotechnology, and show examples of their promising applications at laboratory and pilot scales.  Key issues and pathways to commercial development of energy materials will be highlighted in this paper.

Rubens Maciel FilhoState University of Campinas-UNICAMP

Rubens Maciel FilhoB.S., Chemical Engineering São Carlos Federal University-1981, Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas-1985,. Ph.D.,Chemical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK-1989.

Full Professor at Chemical Engineering School- Department of Chemical Process and Coordinator of the Laboratory of Optimization, Design and Advanced Process Control (LOPCA), Head of the Laboratory of Innovation in Biofuels- UNICAMP (LIB), and from 2010, Coordinator of the Brazilian Institute of Biofrabication (BIOFABRIS). . He is coordinator of the Engineering at Bioenergy Program of FAPESP (BIOEN/FAPESP), an from October 2015 He is full member of the Academy of Sciences of State of São Paulo.

The main research areas covers Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Process: Computer Aided Design, operation and control and off/on line optimization, with special focus in Green Process Development and Biorefinery, specifically with bio-ethanol and byproducts from fermentation, thermochemical and hybrid routes. 

Abstract: Towards a New Vision for Chemical Engineering: Biofuels and Biorefinery as base for Bioeconomy 

Chemical Engineers play an important role in the development worldwide, bringing quality of life and development for the population whereas taking care of the planet resources. Nowadays with the environmental concern and the need to spread development all around the word new emphasis has to be given for different feedstock besides conventional sources as oil and coal. In this context, biomass may be a valuable feedstock for fuels, chemicals and energy.  As it is strongly recognized that environmental changes imply in the reduction of Green House Gas emissions, there are enormous incentives to have new paradigms and process that are not only  friendly to human being, but are very attractive economically. Perspectives and new processes based on renewable feedstock will be presented and discussed.   

Robert Magee, The Woodbridge Group

Robert Magee

Robert B. Magee is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the University of Waterloo with a BASc in chemical engineering. He worked at Monsanto Canada Ltd. as a process engineer and transferred to Woodbridge Foam Corporation through an acquisition, and was the company’s first co-op student. After several years each in Process, Production and Technology Management, Magee was appointed vice-president of the Moulded Foam Division in 1988. He was president and CEO of The Woodbridge Group from 1999 to 2014.   He remains as chairman of The Woodbridge Group.

The Woodbridge Group is a proudly Canadian owned multinational manufacturing company with 61 facilities in 17 countries. Outside of work Magee has demonstrated a passion for the enhancement of technical education in Canada. Volunteering on countless committees and councils, he reinforces the value of Innovation, Technology, Co-op programs and partnerships between business and education.He was a founding director of the Yves Landry Technological Education Foundation and is currently a director of Exco Technologies Limited, The WB Family Foundation and is vice chair of Canada's Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster.

Magee is presently a member of the University of Waterloo’s Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council and Canada's Automotive Partnership Council. In 2004 Magree received the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal, and in 2009 the McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award. He was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and was most recently named a Canadian Engineering Fellow.

Abstract: Funny thing about experience, it takes time. What the next generation of Chem. Eng. need to know

As a young person there was a lot I didn't know – more than I could imagine – and leading a multinational company was NOT a goal, or even a dream. Only today do I have the desire to wonder why it happened the way it did.I must have learned from mistakes, because I do feel I made a lot of them. My boss wisely gave me the advice “try to win on average.” This advice was surprisingly generous, and I took it to heart.Somewhere along the road I overcame my strong pre-grad belief that “the generation gap” was more like a canyon, because I too began to ask questions of those that had already traveled the road.  

Our business revolved around making auto parts from chemicals. Yes, auto parts. Sounds extremely boring, right? Think the exact opposite.Automotive is the fastest moving, most competitive industry in the world. Automotive OEMs are purchasing machines that are insatiable! Not only do you have to compete and win “the most innovative award” annually, you have to make them for almost nothing, sell them for almost nothing, and in the fine print? Sell them everywhere! So yes, big business is a giant complex puzzle, really difficult to solve, resembling a four dimensional Rubix cube. The purpose of its design was to “solve the structural problem of moving parts independently, without the entire mechanism falling apart” – each part with its purpose, combining to ultimately solve a problem, same as the inherent power of each member of a team. As our company expanded, which normally means complexity and potentially disconnection, we fought that slippery slope with Lean – a valuable process on its own, but exponentially more so when you foster respect and engagement. In today’s world understanding the power of people is an advantage, leveraging that power is success. My journey will be shared – you take from it what will help you leverage your future.


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