April 13, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jeffrey Siirola will give the talk, "Sustainability in the Chemical and Energy Industries," Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' 2007 Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference, being held at Bucknell April 20-22.

Siirola's talk also is part of the annual Ralph B. Derr Lecture series, sponsored by the chemical engineering department at Bucknell.

Sustainability in chemical, energy industries

Siirola will examine sustainability in the context of long-term raw material and energy availability, energy intensity, global warming threats and the desire for strong economic growth.

A technology fellow in the Eastman Research Division of Eastman Chemical Company, Siirola holds his chemical engineering degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His areas of interest include chemical process synthesis, computer-aided conceptual process engineering, engineering design theory and methodology, chemical process development and technology assessment, resource conservation and recovery, sustainable development and growth, and chemical engineering education.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering and past president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Siirola is widely known and respected for his contributions in the area of chemical process synthesis and computer-aided process engineering.

Annual Derr Lecture

The Ralph B. Derr Memorial Lectureships are given annually in the department of chemical engineering at Bucknell by a person in the profession who is aware of the need for and the benefits to be derived from the close cooperation between industry/government and the university.

Established in 1970, the lectureship honors Ralph Derr, a 1950 graduate of Bucknell and former chief chemical engineer in the refining division of Alcoa in Pittsburgh.

Posted April 13, 2007