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Hosts and Organizing Committee

The Texas Technology Showcase 2006 is brought to you by the following organizations, which have provided funding or significant in-kind support for the event.


Texas Industries of the Future
The Texas Industries of the Future program is a state program that leverages the tools of the US Department of Energy's Industrial Technology Program. The purpose of the Texas Industries of the Future program is to facilitate the development, demonstration, and adoption of advanced technologies that reduce industrial energy usage, emissions, and associated costs, resulting in improved competitive performance. Since its inception in 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin, the program has offered Energy Management Forums and Best Practices trainings to over 1,200 engineers working in process industries, institutions and manufacturing sites.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The DOE is a partner with the chemical and petroleum refining industries in advancing technologies and business practices. Part of DOE's overarching mission is sponsoring cutting-edge science and technology research and development that revolutionizes how U.S. industry finds, produces, and delivers energy. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) leads the nation in the research, development, and deployment (RD&D) of advanced energy-efficiency and clean power technologies and practices to provide Americans with a stronger economy, healthier environment, and more secure future. The DOE's mission is advanced through a strong and balanced RD&D portfolio of clean energy technologies and practices, along with support for critical policies and markets.

Texas State Energy Conservation Office
SECO administers and delivers a variety of energy efficiency and renewable programs which significantly impact energy cost and consumption in the institutional, industrial, transportation and residential sectors.   Beneficiaries of SECO's services include state agencies, public schools, city and county governments, institutions of higher education, private industries, and residential energy consumers.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The TCEQ strives to protect Texas' human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development.  The agency's goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

Showcase Organizing Committee

The Showcase Organizing Committee includes the following individuals:

Committee Chair
Dow Chemical Company
Terry Welch, Global Technology Director

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Dennis Griffith

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
Bruce Marantis, Process Engineering Superintendent

Doug Deason, Senior Staff Engineer

Industrial Assessment Center at Texas A&M University
Warren Heffington, Ph. D

Rohm and Haas Texas
Jeff Hackworth, Procurement Strategist

Sterling Chemicals Inc., Texas City Plant
Dennis Kos, Manager, Engineering

Gary Faagau

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Paul Judice and Atiq Sediqi

Texas Petrochemicals LP
Sean Diamond, Manufacturing Optimization Manager

University of Texas at Austin
David Allen, Ph. D

Valero Energy Corporation
Ken Brown


American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
The AIChE is a professional association of more than 50,000 members providing leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession and sharing the knowledge of its members with chemical engineering professionals around the world.

Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas (CEER at UT)
The CEER serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. The center focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources.

East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA)
The EHCMA is a non-profit professional association of approximately 125 chemical manufacturers, refiners, and supporting distribution/terminal facility managers in East Harris County, Texas. The association seeks to promote the health, safety, environmental, and economic well-being of the chemical industry and the communities around its members' plants.

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.  ENERGY STAR for Industry can help your company develop and refine your corporate energy management program. Find out how you can manage energy with the same expertise used to manage other parts of your business.  You can find tools and resources on corporate energy management at

Engineering, Science and Technology Council of Houston
The purpose of ECH is to promote math and science education, enhance opportunities for professional development and discussion, and to serve as a focal point for informing the public on engineering, science, and technical matters.

Houston Business Roundtable (HBR)
The Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) is a non-profit association whose membership consists primarily of refining, chemical and energy companies.  Many of the issues addressed, forums held and best practices shared at HBR focus on the interface and interaction between the owner companies and their contractors and suppliers.  HBR’s purpose is to inform its membership regarding industry trends, new technology and best work practices and to facilitate industry improvements.

Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC)
The ISTC is a 501(c)3 non-profit training and education organization located in Southeast Texas. With a location in Baytown, Texas and corporate offices in Nederland, Texas, (just south of Beaumont, Texas) ISTC delivers safety training and site specific job safety orientations to contractors, as well as the employees of 42 local Refining and Chemical plants

South Texas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The South Texas Section of the AIChE is a non-profit scientific, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing the goals of the AIChE in southern Texas.

Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center
The Texas A&M University IAC is an active group of representatives from industry that meets twice a year to discuss Texas A&M curricula and help the university develop a program that prepares graduates for service in industry.

Texas Chemical Council (TCC)
The TCC is a state trade association of 88 chemical manufacturing facilities throughout Texas representing the Texas chemical industry's common interests at the state level in areas such as environmental protection, health and safety issues, and energy policy.

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