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CAST Communications - Spring 2005

Table of Contents

Editorial Notes by Peter Rony and Karl Schnelle
  • 2004 CAST Awards Dinner by B. Wayne Bequette
  • Postcards from Austin by Ross Taylor
  • 2004 CAST Directors' Award by Richard D. Braatz
  • CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network by Michel Pons
  • Communications
  • Are Recent Graduates Prepared for the Workplace?
  • WebCAST Update - What's New for 2005
  • Many More Pictures from Austin
  • How to Contact AIChE
  • CAST10 E-Mail List
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  • 2005 Award Nomination Form
  • Editorial Notes
    by Peter Rony and Karl Schnelle

    In this issue, the editors are pleased to publish Ross Taylor's presentation at the CAST Awards dinner at the 2004 Annual Meeting. This address is in response to his winning the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award. Furthermore, the winners of the 2004 CAST Directors' Awards are announced in this issue. For the first time, we are also publishing the winning poster as well as the two Honorable Mentions.

    In addition to all the CAST awards, please read the article by Michel Pons about the CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network, a non-profit organization promoting standards for Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE).

    And don't miss the Quote of the Day by Albert Schweitzer.

    Latest News

    April fool, n. The March fool with another month added to his folly.

    Ambrose Bierce, The Devilís Dictionary

    Grid Computing
    Now that SETI@home and others have popularized the technology, a new consortium has been organized by some big names: HP, IBM, Intel, and Sun. The non-profit Globus Consortium will give the auto, aerospace, and energy industries open source tools to develop grid computing systems. Issues still to overcome are reported to be a lack of business applications that accommodate the architecture of the grid and a lack of monitoring tools to track decentralized work on the grid.
    (Karen Epper Hoffman, Technology Review, 2 Mar 2005)

    A Titan of Physics and the Conscience of Science
    "I always wanted to find out how the world is made, what it is made of, what holds it together, what makes it operate the way it does."

    Hans Bethe (1906-2005)
    See the Cornell Chronicle.


    CAST Awards Dinner
    by B. Wayne Bequette, CAST Division First Vice-Chair

    Full presentation [1070 KB]

    We would like to congratulate again all the award winners announced at the 2004 CAST dinner: 2003 Directorsí Award, 2004 W. David Smith Jr. Award, 2004 Outstanding Young Researcher, and 2004 Computing and Chemical Engineering Award. Details of these awards may be seen in Wayne's presentation [1070 KB, pdf] pdf.gif. The original announcement occurred in the Fall 2004 newsletter.

    Wayne Bequette (l) presents Vince Grassi (r) with a plaque in appreciation for excellence and service as the 2004 CAST Chair.
    ... Effendi Rusli (r) with the 2003 Directors' Award.
    ... Ross Taylor (r) with the Computing and Chemical Engineering Award.

    ... Sarette van den Heever (r) with the W. David Smith Jr. Award.
    Barton photo coming soon!
    ... Paul Barton (r) with the Outstanding Young Researcher Award.

    Postcards from Austin, Computing in Chemical Engineering Award Address
    by Ross Taylor, Clarkson University

    For his outstanding contributions to multi-component mass transfer and for developing the non-equilibrium approach to separation process modeling and design.

    pdf.gifRoss' entire address [645 KB] to the attendees of the 2004 CAST Awards dinner may be downloaded in pdf format.

    Postcards [645 KB]

    2004 CAST Directors' Award
    by Richard D. Braatz, CAST Division Director

    On behalf of CAST, I am delighted to announce the winners of the eighth annual CAST Directors' Award for the 2004 AIChE Annual Meeting in Austin.


    Elizabeth Morel (speaker), Hui Zhao, C. Russell Middaugh, and Kyle V. Camarda, University of Kansas

    "Computer Aided Molecular Design of DNA: Polymer Complexes using Solubility Correlations and Phase Diagrams" (paper 403k). The poster [315 KB, pdf.gif] is available in pdf format.

    The two students who did the work for the poster are Elizabeth Morel (on the left) and Hui Zhao (on the right).

    Two Honorable Mentions were also given:

  • "Excursion Potential in Cyclopentadiene Reactors in the Purification of Isoprene" (Paper 403af), Colin S. Howat*, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. The poster [291 KB, pdf.gif] is available from the university.
  • "A Globally Optimal, Dynamic Based, Operating Point Selection Scheme for MPC" (Paper 414t), Donald J. Chmielewski*, Jui-Kun Peng, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. The poster [343 KB, pdf.gif] is available in pdf format.

  • CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network
    by Michel Pons, CO-LaN Chief Technology Officer

    The CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network (CO-LaN) is the internationally recognised, user-driven organisation for the management of the CAPE-OPEN (CO) standards. CAPE-OPEN defines rules and interfaces that allow CAPE (Computer-Aided Process Engineering) applications or components to interoperate.


    The primary purpose of CO-LaN is to promote the use and the development of the CAPE-OPEN standards in Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) software, and more generally to encourage all actions aimed at facilitating the use of CAPE software tools in industry, government agencies and academia. CO-LaN also helps to facilitate implementation of CO standard interfaces in commercial software to make open simulation a practical reality. CO-LaN main activities are:

    1. User priorities definition for CAPE-OPEN standards: work with software vendors to clarify user priorities for process modelling software component/environment interoperability and promote use of the CAPE-OPEN standards to create commercially-valuable interoperability;
    2. Exploitation and dissemination: promote the CAPE-OPEN standards to end-users and distribute CAPE-OPEN information and technology internationally;
    3. CAPE-OPEN specifications life cycle management: organise the maintenance, evolution, and expansion of the specifications following user priorities;
    4. Testing, interoperability facilitation: supply compliance testers to support development of components, organise interoperability tests between suppliers of Process Modelling Components and Process Modelling Environments;
    5. Training/Migration facilitation: ensure that training modules, guidelines and tools to facilitate component wrapping are developed and available.

    CO-LaN is a not-for-profit membership corporation. The basis of membership is a Memberís interest in the goals and values of the Society. Membership is organised in two categories: Full Members and Associate Members. Full Members are industrial users of CAPE software. Associate Members are providers of CAPE software, government agencies, academic institutions carrying out research activities in the field of CAPE, and other interested parties.

    Currently CO-LaN has seven Full Members (Air Liquide, BASF, BP, DOW, Shell, IFP, TOTAL) and thirty two Associate Members including AspenTech, Process Systems Enterprise, ProSim SA, SimSci-Esscor, HTRI, Cosmologic, InfoChem, RSI, Virtual Materials Group and many others including academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, RWTH-Aachen and Denmark Technical University or government agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Energy Technology Laboratory from the US Department Of Energy. Members are currently active through three Special Interest Groups targeted at parts of the CAPE-OPEN standards: Interoperability, Unit and Thermo. These SIGs respectively: insure that software component interoperability issues are resolved (through updating the standards or identifying component design/operation issues); support the ongoing development and expansion of the Unit (operations) standard; support the ongoing development and expansion of the Thermo(dynamics) standard.

    To be included in the CO-LaN mailing list, just email a subscribe message to Michel Pons, CO-LaN Chief Technology Officer.


    Are Recent Graduates Prepared for the Workplace?
    by Karl Schnelle, CAST Director

    The World Chemical Engineering Council (WCEC) published in September of last year the results of their survey of over 2000 Chemical Engineers. They focused on recent graduates from around the world who entered employment less than five years ago. Questions were asked about general skills and abilities leading to professional employment.

    Two results are striking. The first finding is that most recent graduates do not find their first job predominantly in the chemical or petrochemical sectors but in over 27 different industries. Secondly, a disconnect exists between skills needed for employment and those attained in school. These skills are listed as missing from the educational experience: business and management skills, project management, methods for quality assurance, ability to communicate effectively, knowledge of marketing principles, and ethics and professional responsibilities.

    The most recent issue of CEP (March 2005, pp 4-6) reports on their findings. Both a summary and full report of the results are also published by WCEC.

    WebCAST Update
    by Karl Schnelle, CAST Director

    The term groupware was coined around 1980 to represent computer technology used for group collaboration, such as software for newsgroups and email listservs, email, videoconferencing, or chat. This collaborative work group technology can be clasified by time: in realtime (synchronous) or at different times (asynchronous), and by location: in the same place (face-to-face) or in different places (distance) (Groupware: Introduction, 11 Mar 2005). Many of you may already use groupware, but CAST has not been an active participant until now. We do actively use mailing lists but only for one-way communication to members.

    Now, CAST has taken the plunge into groupware. Last year, we introduced the webCAST as a means to communicate interactively with the membership on specific technical topics. WebCAST is a synchronous, distance-based collaborative conferencing tool. Our implementation uses a regular teleconference phone line for voice and an external internet website for PowerPoint slides or other presentation material. To roll out the webCAST concept took a group effort: Frank Doyle (WebCAST Chair), Vince Grassi (Past CAST Chair), Dan Sliva (AICHE CCPS consultant), and myself.

    More details of the 2004 webCASTS are here. We have invited four more speakers for webCASTs in 2005:

    If you have other ideas for this year, please let any member of the Executive Committee know.

    More Pictures from Austin
    by B. Wayne Bequette, CAST Division First Vice-Chair

    Vipin Gopal, Wayne Bequette, unknown, Paul Barton
    Juergen Hahn, Eric Hazeltine
    Babu Joseph, Jhuma Sadhukhan

    Angelo Lucia, Ross Taylor
    Tom Marlin, Jim Rawlings
    Rakesh Agarwal, Martha Gallivan
    Lealon Martin, Raghunathan Rengaswamy

    Vipin Gopal, Wayne Bequette, Nazmul Karim, Paul Barton
    Sarette van den Heever, Vince Grassi
    Jeff Siirola, Mike Cutlip, Ms. Siirola

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    The Philosophy of Civilization
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    CAST Communications - Spring 2005
    The Semi-Annual Publication of the Computers and Systems Technology Division of AIChE
    Editor: Peter R. Rony, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    Associate Editor: Karl D. Schnelle, Dow AgroSciences LLC

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