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American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2022 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona

Slide-Lok & Mirabel Coatings hosted dinner for 4 PhD researchers in town presenting at AiChE 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.


American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting in Phoenix Arizona

AiChE Presentations November 13-18, 2022 at Phoenix Convention Center

Phoenix was recently host city to the 2022 annual meeting for The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE). A key attraction of the week long meeting are scientific presentations by select teams of scientists who submit research papers and are selected to present their work at the conference.

Photos from AiChE 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Phoenix Arizona
  • PhD Presenters at AiChE 2022
  • PhD Researcher Jacob Strayer
  • PhD Researcher Daniel Rivera

This year, Slide-Lok and Mirabel Coatings were happy to host dinner for 4 young PhD researchers in town that were presenting their research at AiChE. One group from The Ohio State University’s college of engineering presented on use of magnetic fields to non-invasively detect blood anomalies and separate targeted (diseased) blood cells from healthy cells. An Arizona State University researcher presented on the use of palladium as a catalyst to improve efficiency of certain types of reactions. With AI in the news in recent years, of note was that the palladium research was being driven by AI assisted computational chemistry methodology exploring energy demands in complex reactions using Schrödinger’s wave equation analysis to investigate energy required to rip electrons away from certain orbits. Research is done via computer simulation to hone in on the most desired results that then get culled out for further examination, enabling vast amounts of research to be conducted in much shorter time frames.

AiChE 2022 PhD Presentation Dinner

Also sharing dinner with the group was Bill Schmitt. Bill is working on finishing a book that details his 5 decades of research into what drives young people into and away from careers in science and engineering. Bill is noteworthy for helping create COSI, the center of science and industry in Columbus, Ohio and a similar institution in Seattle, Washington. Bill’s career has pursued answers to what has quietly become one of our nation’s single largest national security issues, increasing the number of young persons entering science and engineering fields. Lastly, we were joined at dinner by a world class sailplane pilot, Bob Hurni, who can legitimately lay claim to having crashed more airplanes on more continents than most pilots alive and flying today. Bob is still active in the EAA, the experimental aircraft association and works with different programs to introduce young people to aviation.

We are always excited to share dinner with bright and inspiring minds, in the field we are most passionate about, science and exploration. Listening to these young researchers discuss their work was another timely reminder that the next generation is unbelievably smart and capable and will help solve some of the most complex problems facing society. We wish our science friends much success in their budding careers and thank them for taking the time to share dinner with us.

Slide-Lok / Mirabel Coatings, Since 1977. Engineers and scientists dedicated to delivering solid, dependable coatings solutions for decorative, corrosion control, industrial containment, and consumer products applications, ranging from concrete and metal substrates to coatings for protecting carbon fiber structures using cutting edge ultra-violet curable resins. We proudly support engineering and science research at a number of institutions, including The Ohio State University. And known to a few at our dinner, 7 of the attendees share a connection to the man whose name is attached to one of the most expensive scientific research platforms ever built and which is now sitting one million miles off planet near the second Lagrange point, sending back data daily that is changing our fundamental understanding of the universe, James Webb, and his namesake the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

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About The Author

About the author

Brian Strayer is an engineer, lawyer, and business leader. Brian’s past adventures include many years advising the top leaders of a NYSE listed multi-national on a wide variety of matters, from intellectual property to M&A, including serving as head of the legal department, before transitioning into running industrial operations. Today, Brian uses his science, engineering and law background to solve practical problems standing in the way of reducing expenses and growing sales. When not working, Brian enjoys sailing, playing chess, fishing and hunting.

Keywords: AiChE, 2022, Arizona, Phoenix, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, PhD, Research

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