Executive director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
June Wispelwey, executive director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a chemical engineer and business leader with vast work experience in the chemical and bio-pharmaceutical fields. Prior to becoming AIChE executive director, June served as executive director of the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), a technical community within AIChE, overseeing its successful launch and growth. Under her leadership, SBE developed a successful consortium to advance genomic research on the Chinese hamster ovary cell lines which are important to pharmaceutical and biotechnological production.
Before joining SBE and AIChE, June served as vice president of marketing services at Aventis Behring, the leading therapeutic proteins manufacturer. As a senior executive and key member of Aventis Behring’s Operations Management team, she worked closely with global and regional business leaders to identify, design, optimize and implement business processes and systems to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of business information and led efforts in commercial finance, supply chain, market research, market services, and outcomes research.
She spent many years in the chemical industry progressing from process engineering to finance and planning to marketing and finally in business managment. Prior to working at Aventis Behring, Wispelwey served as global director of performance chemicals business development and research and development at Lyondell. She turned around the performance of a global specialty isocyanate business, as well as leading the global business development and research development organizations of a $1 billion performance chemicals business. Subsequent to this, Wispelwey worked in process engineering, strategic planning, marketing, research and development, business development and business management. These experiences provided her with an entrepreneurial approach to AIChE initiatives in new technologies and energy.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Princeton University and a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, June began her career at ARCO Chemical, now LyondellBasell. She has also completed Aventis’ executive education program at the Wharton School of Business. She is an AIChE fellow and serves on the Board of the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) and its grants committee. She has served on prior boards including Aventis Behring’s Employee Savings investment Committee and the ARCO Chemical Technology Management Corporation.
Industrial Chemistry, Environmental Technology. Technology of papermaking.
He began his research work on her doctoral thesis in the field of recovery of exhausted pickling baths in the steel industry. The dissertation was awarded the prize for best AETEPA investigation in 1994 and was presented as a keynote at the International Congress EUROCOAT’94.
Later, after a postdoctoral stay at the Dutch TNO center, he began working on various research related to the paper industry.
Currently still he is working in both fields, steel and papermaking.
Phd. Chemical Engineering (McMaster)
Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa
Jules Thibault obtained his bachelor of chemical engineering at the Royal Military College in 1973. He later obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in 1978 where he worked on the topic of heat transfer in nuclear reactors.
Following his PhD Professor Thibault spent four years in the Canadian Armed Forces, including two six-month postings to Egypt and Cyprus with the United Nations. From 1981 to 1984, he taught in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Royal military College, after which time he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of Laval University. In 2000, he moved to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are in biochemical engineering, and process simulation, control and optimization.
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California
Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Professor Luis Antonio Estévez is professor at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. He obtained his B.S. at Universidad de Santiago, Chile, M.Sc. in Procesos Petroquímicos at Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Ph.D. in Engineering, Major in Chemical Engineering, at University of California, Davis. Major awards include Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi–The Engineering Honor Society, Puerto Rico Alpha Chapter (2011). Eminent Engineer, awarded by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’s Minority Affairs Committee (2011). 2007 Distinguished Alumnus, University of Santiago, Chile, (USACh), and he has been Listed in 60th Diamond Edition of Who’s Who in America. He has been Secretary General of the Interamerican Confederation of Chemical
Engineering. Member of AIChE’s CEOC, Career and Education Operating Council, 2004-2007. Member of AIChE’s SIOC, Societal Impact Operating Council, 2001-2004. His research interests are
in reaction engineering, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, applied mathematics and supercritical fluids.