The Mixing XXVI biannual conference was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in June 2018. I couldn’t be happier with how everything went. Serving as Chairman has been the highlight of my professional career – and I was especially proud to represent the association during this event.
One highlight of the conference were our panel discussions, with legends in the chemical engineering profession sharing their thoughts on mixing and education, industry challenges and future directions.
Another highlight, our plenary sessions were given by a strong international palette of speakers:
- Dr. Alvin Nienow, University of Birmingham, Scale-Down Studies Related to Agitation Intensity For The Scale-Up Of Trichoderma Reesei Fermentations Producing Cellulases In Stirred Bioreactors.
- Dr. Aaron Cote, Merck, Old Problems and Emerging Opportunities…Why Mixing in Pharma Continues to Challenge.
- Dr. Harry Van den Akker, University of Limerick, Simulating Emulsions and Emulsification by Means of a Pseudo-Potential Lattice Boltzmann Model.
- Dr. Jerzy Baldyga, Warsaw University of Technology, Mechanism and models of drop breakup and mass transfer in liquid-liquid systems.
It was great to see so many friends from across the US and around the world. The entire week had a great impact and made great memories! I learned, laughed, saw some old friends, made some new ones, engaged in fantastic conversations, had great meals, shared a few (OK, more than a few! Shhh!) stellar rums, and in essence got back to what in my humble opinion has always been the greatest aspect of this organization: it’s members!
I just don’t know what else you can hope for from a conference! My friends, this is without question, the greatest association out there combining Academics and Industrialist in the areas of fluid mechanics and mixing.
With that…ladies and gentlemen…Elvis has left the building! See you in Canada in 2020!
Chairman of the NAMF’s 2018 Biennial Conference, MIXING XXVI
Venue: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
We were very pleased with the Condado Vanderbilt as our conference site, the many amenities that it offers, and its vicinity to historic old San Juan. We urge you to visit the hotel website to fully appreciate its many features, such as conference rooms, pools, beaches, restaurants, lounges, fitness rooms, spa’s and others (Condado Vanderbilt Hotel).
We were also very impressed with the speed at which the entire San Juan area has recovered following not one but two consecutive massive hurricanes. Actually, the San Juan area was not in the main path of the hurricanes, unlike some of the Southern and Western regions of the island, which were invested in full-force and suffered significantly. This was an additional reason for us to move the conference site to the new location in Puerto Rico.