Invited Speakers

Prof. Kevin M. Van Geem

Ghent University, Belgium

Biography: Kevin Van Geem (full professor) is member of the Laboratory for Chemical Technology of Ghent University. Thermochemical reaction engineering in general and in particular the transition from fossil to renewable resources are his main research interests. He is a former Fulbright Research Scholar of MIT and directs the Pilot plant for steam cracking and pyrolysis. He is the author of more than hundred scientific publications and has recently started his own spin-off company. He is involved in on-line and off-line analysis of complex petrochemical and biochemical samples using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography. Pyrolysis, detailed kinetic modeling, process, scale-up, modeling, and ant-fouling technology belong to his main expertise.

Prof. Shahab D. Mohaghegh

West Virginia University & Intelligent Solutions, Inc.

Biography: Shahab D. Mohaghegh, a pioneer in the application of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Mining in the Exploration and Production industry, is Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University and the president and CEO of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI). He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering.
Including more than 30 years of research and development in the petroleum engineering application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, he has authored three books (Shale Analytics – Data Driven Reservoir Modeling – Application of Data-Driven Analytics for the Geological Storage of CO2), more than 200 technical papers and carried out more than 60 projects for independents, NOCs and IOCs. He is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2007 and 2020) and has been featured four times as the Distinguished Author in SPE’s Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT 2000 and 2005). He is the founder of Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics, SPE’s Technical Section dedicated to AI, machine learning and data mining (2011). He has been honored by the U.S. Secretary of Energy for his technical contribution in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (Macondo) incident in the Gulf of Mexico (2011) and was a member of U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Technical Advisory Committee on Unconventional Resources in two administrations (2008-2014). He represented the United States in the International Standard Organization (ISO) on Carbon Capture and Storage technical committee (2014-2016).

Dr. Suresh S. Agrawal

Offsite Management Systems LLC (OMS), Houston, Texas, USA

Biography: Dr. Suresh S. Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Offsite Management Systems LLC (OMS), Houston, Texas, USA. OMS specializes in advanced process control systems and has developed, installed and managed many innovative and technologically advanced automation software products, and integrated solutions for the automation of offsite operations of Chemical, Oil and Gas (COG) industries in countries like India, Mexico, Columbia, USA and Eastern and Western European countries.
He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. He then obtained master’s and PH.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.
Dr. Suresh S. Agrawal has 30+ years of experience at senior technical / management positions with international companies and he has successfully managed many advanced refinery process control projects in numerous countries. Dr. Agrawal is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois, USA and is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Instrumentation Society of America. He has published and presented 30+ papers in international publications and conferences in the areas of advanced process control. He also offers consultancy to a number of refining and process industries worldwide and delivers training seminars in the areas of his expertise.
He was also co-editor and sole author of two chapters in the 811 pages ASTM manual “MNL58- Petroleum Refining and Natural Gas Processing” published in 2013.
He has recently launched eLearning online Academy which offers 200+ audio-video topics with English/Spanish sub-titles for the downstream refining professionals. The academy offers “Pick-N-Choose”, advanced special, Free courses, and structured curriculum for MCOR (manage, Control, Optimize and Reconcile) strategy of the refining operations.

Prof. J. Richard Elliott Jr

The University of Akron, USA

Biography: J. Richard Elliott is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron in Ohio. He has taught courses ranging from freshman tools to senior process design as well as thermodynamics at every level. He has worked with the NIST lab in Boulder and ChemStations in Houston. He holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Prof. Nuno Lapa

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa , Portugal

Biography: NUNO LAPA is Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) since 2004. Since January 2014, he is an Integrated Researcher of the Associated Laboratory for Green Chemistry - Clean Technologies and Processes (LAQV) of REQUIMTE research network, which is the largest Portuguese Chemistry & Chemical Engineering network funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology. He develops is research activities within the “Materials for Adsorption and Catalysis Group” (MAC) of LAQV-REQUIMTE.
NUNO LAPA got his PhD in Environmental Engineering from UNL-FCT in the field of ecocompatibility studies of new materials for civil engineering works. His PhD was developed in the framework of the European project named VALOMAT which was funded by the European Commission (EC) under FP6.
Currently, NUNO LAPA works at the Department of Sciences and Technology of Biomass (DCTB), being responsible for different courses in the Master Programme of Bioenergy, Master Programme in Engineering of Renewable Energies, Doctoral Program in Bioenergy, and Doctoral Programme of Sustainable Chemistry. His mais research topics are carbon materials for energy and environmental applications, biogas and bioH2 and Life Cycle Analysis.

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