Choi, Burka to Represent U.S. in World Congress of Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) professor Kyu Yong Choi and ChBE visiting professor Dr. Maria Burka (National Science Foundation and past president, American Institute of Chemical Engineers [AIChE]) will represent the United States on the International Advisory Committee of the 9th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE). WCCE, the largest international conference on chemical engineering, will be held in Seoul, Korea from Aug.18-23, 2013.

The Congress draws participants from countries around the world, including the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Activities and presentations will reflect the theme "Chemical Engineering: Key to the Future" by emphasizing chemical engineering's role in areas including sustainability, energy, biotechnology, and information technology. Guests will also discuss current trends in and issues affecting chemical engineering in academia and industry.

The Congress' International Advisory Committee is responsible for building a high quality technical program designed to encourage networking, presentation of state-of-the-at research, the exchange of ideas, and new collaborations.

In addition to his duties on the committee, Choi will be chairing sessions on advanced applications in chemical reaction engineering. He says he looks forward to using the professional connections he has built over the past 28 years of his career to make the conference a success and great value for everyone attending.

Choi and Burka will be joined on the committee by fellow U.S. representatives Dr. Phillip Westmoreland (North Carolina State University and 2013 AIChE President) and Professor Arvind Varma (Purdue).

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Published September 14, 2012