It seems that my articles on the chemical and energy industries, focussing frequently on the chemical engineering profession and on the “renaissance” of American manufacturing, have succeeded in creating a larger audience. On the evening of March 23rd, I will be on a panel with other speakers at a TEDx seminar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. The presentations are then available on the internet.
As noted on its website, TEDx’s programs, which are given all over the world, are created in the spirit of its mission, ideas worth spreading. They are designed “to give communities, organizations and individuals to opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.”
I should note that my brief article on algae on February 20th linked to a TEDx video showing a presentation by an engineer from NASA who manages a project to grow aviation fuel from algae(!).
At the event, I will be speaking about chemical engineers who helped create the petrochemical industry after World War II, which has now seen a vigorous revitalization as the U.S. again becomes a region where abundant supplies of low cost natural gas makes America a highly competitive producer. The many developments in the clean and renewable energy area have also created many new opportunities for chemical engineers. The general theme for the evening is, in fact, sustainability and I will be making some comments on how chemical engineers help companies to improve their carbon footprint and reduce the amount of byproducts and waste in their manufacturing processes.