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Sustainability in the Chemical Industry: Grand Challenges and Research Needs
Lauren G. Heine, is Director of Applied Science, at GreenBlue. As such, she guides the development of technical tools and approaches that help organizations integrate Green Chemistry and Engineering into their product and process design and development activities—eliminating toxics and the concept of waste, and moving toward economic, environmental, and community sustainability. She was previously Director of Green Chemistry and Engineering at the Portland, OR-based, Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) and a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Green Chemistry Program of the Industrial Chemicals Branch of the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. Lauren earned her doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.
Richard Helling has been focused intensely on economic and environmental life cycle analysis of products made from renewable resources for over 2 years, since his return from a 4-year manufacturing technology role for Dow AgroSciences in France. The majority of his 18 year career at Dow has been in process research, primarily in support of agricultural chemical manufacturing processes in California. He has worked on a wide range of classical chemical engineering technologies and management roles. His largest impacts at Dow have been in waste-reduction technology development and application, manufacturing process yield improvements and management of external manufacturing in Europe and Asia. He has a BS in Engineering (and History) from Harvey Mudd College, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, and a ScD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He taught at MIT prior to joining Dow. He has had continued interest and research in waste elimination technology, chemical process modeling and simulation, and supercritical fluid technology since working in these fields at MIT.
Mark T. Holtzapple is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. From 1981 to 1985, Mark served in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of captain. While in the Army, he performed research on water desalination and microclimate cooling, a method for cooling soldiers encapsulated in chemical protective clothing. Since joining the faculty Texas A&M in 1986, Mark has been well recognized for his excellent teaching and has won numerous teaching awards. Mark has authored nearly 100 technical articles and reports, plus a widely used engineering textbook. Further, he has over 22 issued patents, numerous pending patents, and over 80 disclosures. His research interests include fuels and chemical from biomass, food and feed processing, water desalination, air conditioning, high-efficiency engines, jet engines, and vertical-lift aircraft. In 1978, he received his B.S. in chemical