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Thursday, March 07, 2019 12:20 PM - 01:10 PM
Transforming the Process Industries

Here's a speaker who has traversed careers in a non-profit research institute, for-profit industry, and now a public-private partnership between a US government office and an industry trade organization that boasts members from industry, academia, government and nonprofits. Who says careers are unidimensional? Don't miss this talk and a chance to ask questions about his career progression in cleantech, pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors.

William Grieco, CEO, RAPID Manufacturing Institute

BIO: Bill Grieco is CEO of The RAPID Institute. Prior to joining RAPID in July 2018, he was Vice President of Energy and Environment at Southern Research, a nonprofit research institute based in Alabama, where he and his team focused on developing new technologies to reduce the environmental footprint of energy generation and chemicals production. Before joining Southern Research, Grieco spent five years leading innovation and technology for Owens Corning. Earlier in his career, Grieco led technology development for firms in the cleantech, pharmaceutical, and chemicals sectors for 15 years.  He serves on the external advisory board for Florida Solar Energy Center and has been a member of AIChE for 25 years.  He earned a PhD and Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology — all in chemical engineering.

The RAPID Manufacturing Institute:  Transforming the Process Industries Through Modular Chemical Process Intensification

ABSTRACT: The Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute is the 10th of 14 U.S. Manufacturing Institutes.  It is a $150 million public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and currently has 75 industry, academia, government and nonprofit members.  RAPID members are working together to develop new process intensification (PI) and modular processing technologies.  PI design principles allow engineers to rethink processes, combine chemical and physical operations, and break the traditional unit operation paradigm to substantially increase yield, reduce energy consumption and waste generation, and lower capital and operating costs in manufacturing processes.  Combined with modular process technologies, PI offers new options for distributed manufacturing across many industries.  The talk will introduce RAPID and share details on selected development projects.

Check out the rest of this fantastic seminar series:
The Energy Engineering Seminar Series 
(CHEME 5880, ECE 5880, and MAE 5469)
Thursdays at 12:20 - 1:10 PM, 165 Olin Hall

165 Olin Hall
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