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2023 FOCAPO/CPC Conference
The Foundations of Computer-Aided Process Operations (FOCAPO) and Chemical
Process Control (CPC) have been the premier conferences in their respective
areas of process operations and process control. Recognizing that,
particularly from an industrial perspective, these areas have a tremendous
overlap and synergy, the motivation of holding joint FOCAPO/CPC meetings
has been to bring the process operations and process control research and
practitioner communities together, thereby fostering interesting
interactions and collaborations. FOCAPO/CPC 2023
was held during January 8-12, 2023 in San Antonio, TX to further strengthen
collaboration between the communities.

The conference was very well attended with 181 participants from  industry,
government, and academia who shared their perspective for synergizing
academic research and industrial development to tackle pressing challenges.
It was extremely well supported by sponsors (AIChE, CACHE, Corning, Dow,
Eastman, Emerson, ExxonMobil, Gurobi Optimization, Hitachi Energy, Johnson
Controls, NSF, Procter & Gamble, Siemens) to enable participation for both
practitioners and students in the field of process systems engineering
(PSE). There were plenary talks, keynote addresses and complementary
presentations from leaders in the field at the conference around the grand
challenges of Digitalization, Sustainability & Globalization, Innovation
Speed and PSE in 2050. The conference agenda also included evening
receptions, banquet dinner with informal funny awards and an outdoor
excursion to facilitate community building and interactions.
2023 FOPAM Conference
AI and analytics-aided decision-making are becoming well established in the
process industries, new tools and applications are appearing, and savvy
users are a key to advancing them. Those were themes of the keynote message
from Cenk Undey of Roche/Genentech, as well as the broad message of CACHE's
second FOPAM conference on Foundations of Process/product Analytics and
Machine learning
The conference was held July 30 to August 3, 2023, at the University of
California Davis.

Building on the successful FOPAM 2019 in Raleigh, NC, 85 participants heard
talks and panel discussions from science/technology leaders, studied
posters from other community members, and enjoyed many chances for
one-to-one discussions with each other. A focused workshop preceded the
conference, and a culminating session addressed education of students,
educators, and the workforce on these topics. The participants were from
process industries and software companies, plus university faculty members,
post-docs, and graduate students. Partial financial aid for junior
participants and general support was provided by the National Science
Foundation, Aspen Technology, AVEVA, Dow, and Genentech. AIChE's CAST and
CoMSEF divisions were also co-sponsors. Organized lunchtime discussions
allowed examination of companies' and organizations' commitments to
professional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Employer expectations
of new graduates was another lunch-table topic.
2023 CAST Division Awards
We congratulate the recipients of the 2023 CAST Division Awards!

   - Computing in Chemical Engineering Award: *Bhavik R. Bakshi*
   The Ohio State University
   - Computing Practice Award: *Jose M. Pinto*
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   - David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical
   Engineering Education: *Daniel Anastasio*
   Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; *Cheryl Bodnar*
   Rowan University; *Daniel Burkey*
   University of Connecticut; *Matthew Cooper*
   North Carolina State University
   - Distinguished Service Award: *Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos*
   Texas A&M University
   - Outstanding Young Researcher Award: *Fani Boukouvala*
   Georgia Institute of Technology
   - W. David Smith, Jr. Graduate Publication Award: *Sungho Shin*
   Argonne National Laboratory

The awardees will be recognized at the CAST Awards Banquet during the
upcoming AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando.
2023 AIChE Annual Meeting
The 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting will take place Nov 5-10 in Orlando, Florida.
As usual, attendees can look forward to a strong line-up of technical
sessions from the CAST Division
In addition, CAST is organizing the following special sessions and events.

*Special Technical Sessions*

   - *CAST Division Plenary
   *Monday, Nov 6, 8:00-10:30 AM
   - *CAST Director's Student Presentation Award Finalists
   Monday, Nov 6, 12:30-3:00 PM
   - *Invited Session In Honor of Prof. Babatunde A. Ogunnaike
   Monday, Nov 6, 3:30-6:00 PM

*Meet the Industry Candidates Poster Session*
For the first time, CAST is hosting a Meet the Industry Candidates Poster
An analog to the Meet the Faculty Candidates Poster Session, the Meet the
Industry Candidates Poster Session and Reception will provide an excellent
opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research to industrial
attendees, talent scouts, and recruiters who regularly attend the AIChE
Annual Meeting.
There has been a lot of interest in this new opportunity, with *~40
abstracts* submitted to the session and *11 companies and national labs *that
have already confirmed their attendance.

*Other CAST Young Professionals Activities*

   - *Undergraduate Student Poster Competition
   *CAST is hosting contributions in the Computing and Process Control
   topic area.
   - *Young Professionals Networking Lunch:* Look out for an announcement
   via the CAST10 mailing list shortly before the AIChE Meeting. You can then
   RSVP if you're interested in participating.

Other Upcoming Conferences

   - *ESCAPE34-PSE24
   June 2-6, 2024; Florence, Italy
   - *2024 American Control Conference (ACC)
   *July 8-12, 2024; Toronto, Canada
   - *12th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes
   *July 14-17, 2024; Toronto, Canada
   - *2024 Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD)
   July 14-18, 2024; Breckenridge, CO

Process Systems Engineering Webinars
Visit this website
to find many great webinars on topics in the broad area of process systems
engineering, including modeling, control, optimization, machine learning,
and more. Recent entries include talks from last year's CAST Award winners.
You can also find a link for future speaker nominations.