That’s a wrap! The North American Mixing Forum, Mixing XXVI biannual conference ended almost two weeks ago in San Juan, Puerto Rico and 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 was very impactful and memorable for me!
I learned, I laughed, saw some old friends, made some new ones, engaged in some 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