2013 Speakers

2014 Speaker information coming soon!

Name Company/Organization Role Time
Ed Sawicki Director, Global Business Development for Proctor and Gamble, P&G Global Phoenix Award Recipient Opening Plenary Wednesday, May 15th at 1:00 PM
Ed Sawicki is an Associate Director in Global Business Development at P&G. He has
responsibility for Corporate R&D Transactions and leadership for research agreements,
sustainability and all global academic agreements.Mr. Sawicki joined P&G in 1981 in the Health Care R&D area, conducting research
on Rx and Oral Care projects. In 1985, Mr. Sawicki transferred to Laundry. Over the
next 12 years, he was responsible for white space market development, and started up
P&G’s laundry business in Egypt, Turkey, India and Central & Eastern EuropeAfter returning to the US in 1997, Ed transferred to Fabric and Home Care Purchasing
with responsibilities for Line Purchasing of ~$700 Million of chemicals and Chemical
Innovation Purchases for F&HC.In early 2005, Mr. Sawicki assumed the responsibility for Chemical Innovation
Purchases for Beauty Care, Personal Health Care, Oral Care, Pharma, Baby Care and
Tissue / Towel. He was the global leader for P&G’s corporate Community of Practice
on Innovation Purchases. In 2006, Mr. Sawicki was awarded the Phoenix Award, P&G
Purchasing highest honor, for Purchasing Excellence and contributions to the global
purchasing capability.In 2008, Mr. Sawicki transferred to Global Business Development and assumed his
current responsibilities.Mr. Sawicki received his degree in Chemical Engineering from the State University
of New York at Buffalo. Prior to joining P&G, he did cancer research Roswell Park
Memorial Institute for 3-1/2 years. He and his wife reside in Cincinnati.
Paul Anastas Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering
Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Member of Yale faculty
Closing Plenary Coming soon
Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.
Dave Allen U Texas Austin,Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Editor in Roundtable Thursday, May 16th in the afternoon
Dr. David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director
of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin.
He is the author of seven books and over 200 papers in areas ranging from coal liquefaction
and heavy oil chemistry to the chemistry of urban atmospheres. His recent work has focused
primarily on urban air quality, the engineering of sustainable systems, and the development of
materials for environmental and engineering education. Dr. Allen has been a lead investigator
for multiple air quality measurement studies, which have had a substantial impact on the
direction of air quality policies in Texas. He has developed environmental educational materials
for engineering curricula and for the University’s core curriculum, as well as engineering
education materials for high school students. The quality of his work has been recognized by the
National Science Foundation (through the Presidential Young Investigator Award), the AT&T
Foundation (through an Industrial Ecology Fellowship), the American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (through the Cecil Award for contributions to environmental engineering and through
the Research Excellence Award of the Sustainable Engineering Forum), the Association of
Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (through their Distinguished Lecturer
Award), and the State of Texas (through the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award). He
has served on a variety of governmental advisory panels and currently chairs the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He has won teaching awards at the University of
Texas and UCLA and the Lewis Award in Chemical Engineering Education from the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers.Dr. Allen received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from
Cornell University in 1979. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering were awarded
by the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and 1983. He has held visiting faculty
appointments at the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa
Barbara, and the Department of Energy.
Mary Ann Curran LCA and & Sustainability Consultant and BAMAC Ltd. Editor in Roundtable Thursday, May 16th in the afternoon
Dr. Mary Ann Curran is an internationally-recognized expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1980, Dr. Curran began working for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working in waste management research for several years, her research turned to industrial pollution prevention. In 1989, this work introduced her to a new environmental management approach, LCA. Through years of research, networking, and publishing, she developed an in-depth knowledge of the field and created an extensive network of LCA researchers and practitioners world-wide. Steadily working toward building awareness both within and outside the Agency regarding the important implications that LCA has regarding the protection of human health and the environment, her activities have contributed to the Laboratory’s growing reputation as a leader in LCA research and development. Dr. Curran’s research activities include the development of LCA methodology, the performance and review of life-cycle case studies, planning life-cycle workshops and conferences, and the development of a life cycle data and resources. Curran serves as on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, and Management of Environmental Quality, and the on-line journal Sustainability. Dr. Curran has authored and co-authored numerous papers and book chapters which address the LCA concept and its applications. She has presented EPA’s activities in LCA-related research at technical meetings across the US and in Europe, South America, South Africa, Asia, and Australia. Dr. Curran studied Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University, Lund, Sweden (MSc 1996); and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Erasmus University’s International PhD program on “Cleaner Products, Cleaner Production, Industrial Ecology and Sustainability” for her thesis entitled “Development of Life Cycle Methodology: A Focus on Co-Product Allocation” (2008). Dr. Curran is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
No Picture Available Subhas Sikdar Assoc Lab Director at US EPA Editor in Roundtable Thursday, May 16th in the afternoon
Subhas K. Sikdar, Ph.D. Associate Director for Science National Risk Management Research Laboratory US Environmental Protection Agency Cincinnati, OH 45268 E-mail: sikdar.subhas@epa.gov Short Biodata Dr. Subhas K. Sikdar is the Associate Director for Science for the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before joining EPA in 1990, Dr. Sikdar held managerial positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, and General Electric Corporate Research & Development Center in Schenectady, New York. He began his professional career as a Senior Research Engineer with Occidental Research Corporation in Irvine, California in 1975. Dr. Sikdar received his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. Dr. Sikdar is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, winner of five EPA bronze medals, two R&D 100 awards , AIChE’s Larry Cecil Award for Environmental Chemical Engineering, AIChE’s Sustainability Achievement Award, and Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from both University of Arizona and University of Calcutta. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) and of the Green Chemistry Institute. He served as the Founder/Chair of Sustainable Engineering Forum, Chair of Institute of Sustainability, and currently chairs the Engineers’ Forum for Sustainability. For 22 years he championed the concepts and methods for clean products and processes for the Agency and in NATO projects and engineering workshops. He is a current member of the Industrial Advisory Board of University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan, and University of Kentucky. He is the founder and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, published bimonthly by Springer Verlag of Germany. Dr. Sikdar has published more than 80 technical papers in reputed journals, has 27 U.S. patents, and has edited 15 books.
Martin Abraham Founding Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Youngstown State University Editor in Roundtable Thursday, May 16th in the afternoon
Martin A. Abraham, P.E., received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Dr. Abraham joined Youngstown State University as Professor of Chemical Engineering and Founding Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in July 2007, after serving as Professor and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Toledo. The STEM College, with ten departments and over 100 faculty, seeks to deliver integrated programs of excellence to an engaged learning community, through outstanding academic programs, the expansion of graduate education, economic development in the community, and K-12 outreach in support of science and math education.In addition to his duties as Dean, Dr. Abraham maintains an active research program in reaction engineering and catalysis. He has over 70 refereed publications and over 100 technical presentations in the area of green engineering and sustainability. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, working with the symposium and education committees, and is also a member of the Board for the Youngstown Business Incubator and the Children’s Center for Science and Technology of the Mahoning Valley. He serves as editor for the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s quarterly, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, a Councilor for the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division, and Chair for the Committee on Environmental Improvement.
Melissa Bilec University of Pittsburgh Editor’s Roundtable Thursday, May 16th in the afternoon
Melissa Bilec recieved her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2007. Professional Interests From a broad perspective, Dr. Bilec’s research and teaching interests encompass engineering issues related to sustainability, green design, and construction. Her recent research efforts include not only creating a practical framework for hybrid life cycle assessment modeling, including uncertainty and visualizations, but also modeling on-site construction processes and support services. She is conducting research related to green building metrics to understand and evaluate high-performance buildings. Dr. Bilec has experience in funding and managing sustainable transportation projects, including the Hot Metal Pedestrian Bridge project. Several of Dr. Bilec’s specific research topics include: Dynamic and hybrid life cycle assessment modeling Sustainable healthcare Modeling environmental impacts of building construction, including support sectors Project delivery methods and green buildings Green building metrics Greening government initiatives and strategiesSee Dr. Bilec’s personal webpage: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Melissa_Bilec/
Eric Beckman University of Pittsburgh Speaker  Thursday, May 16th, Midday
Eric Beckman received his Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1988. After postdoctoral research at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory in 1987-88 on emulsion polymerization in supercritical fluids, Dr. Beckman assumed his faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh (1989). Dr. Beckman was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and full professor in 1997. Dr. Beckman received a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1992, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002. Dr. Beckman’s research group examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green engineering and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering. In 2003, with support from the Heinz Endowments, the Bevier estate, and John Mascaro, Dr. Beckman created the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, a school of engineering institute that examines the design of more sustainable infrastructure. In 2006, following several years of collaborative research on the use of lysine-based polyurethanes in tissue engineering, Drs. Beckman and Michael Buckley co-founded Cohera Medical. The company currently has 35 employees and is commercializing an internal surgical adhesive.



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