Development (CR&D) at The Dow Chemical Company (TDCC). Prior to his transfer to CR&D in 1997, Atiemo-Obeng spent 14 years in Global Process Engineering. He was lead process engineer for several multimillion-dollar capital projects that were recognized with Global Engineering Excellence Awards. He previously conducted process scale-up and modeling studies as a research engineer on various projects in the Applied Process Research and Process Development Departments in the Michigan Operations of the TDCC. Atiemo-Obeng is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and currently serves as the Dow Director for the AIChE Mid-Michigan Section. He was the 2003 recipient of NOBCChE’s prestigious Percy Julian Award for significant contributions in applied engineering science, the Dow Michigan Consultants Award in 1997, the 1995 Chemical Engineer of the Year for the Mid-Michigan AIChE section, and TDCC President’s Community Service Award in 1993. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1975, and a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC.
Michael D. Bertolucci is the president of Interface Research Corporation (IRC), chairman of the Envirosense® Consortium, Inc.—a not-for-profit organization concerned with Indoor Air Quality—and Senior Vice President of Interface, Inc. He serves on the board of the CEO Coalition to Advance Sustainable Technology (CAST). He spent six years as Vice President of Technology for Highland Industries, an industrial fabrics company, fifteen years in numerous research and development management posts with the General Electric Plastics Business Group, and four years in chemical research at Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and his BS degree in Chemistry from San Jose State.
Joan F. Brennecke is the Keating-Crawford Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She joined the faculty at Notre Dame after completing her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has focused on studies of supercritical fluids, including supercritical CO2 and supercritical water. Brennecke was awarded the 2001 Ipatieff Prize from the American Chemical Society in recognition of her pioneering high-pressure studies of the local structure of supercritical fluid solutions and the effect of this local structure on the rates of homogeneous reactions. Much of her current research involves ionic liquids, which are organic salts that are liquid at temperatures around ambient. These salts have received tremendous recent attention as potential substitutes for volatile organic solvents