I am a very happy camper. On Thursday night I received my Professional Development award from the Northern California section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. My lecture was an off the cuff talk and there were many questions afterwards. The topic was how chemical engineers must continue to make furniture out of wood and not be led by the promise of VCs, academic fakes, and our government policy to make wood out of furniture. In fact I remarked that Calera is making saw dust out of furniture with their carbon sequestration technology that now needs sodium hydroxide to make table salt. I am tired after a long week so my blog is short today but I did answer one question from one of the attendees at the dinner on whether there are things we can do to affect government policy to get the government to think through what we should do with the newly discovered and abundant shale gas. I responded that I had written a short article back in 2005 for Hydrocarbon Processing that was titled “what to do if you have gas?” A Google search on this title and my name shows that the national library in Iran has cataloged the article. I am certain I do not want mister I am a dinner jacket for my governor or president but it may be worthwhile reading for some in our government to read that article I wrote as I am sure the Iranians and Chinese know what to do with their gas while our department of entropy is in its highest sate of disorder. The photo captioned above is the hand-over of the award to last Thursday night. The following was the biography the Institute used to describe me.
About the speaker: With almost 40 years of experience in chemical engineering and executive management in high value added process industries such as pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, and specialty chemicals, Mr. Lindsay Leveen brings much wisdom to organizations that are in the business of extracting value out of processes that transform chemicals, energy, labor, and capital into products that society needs and consumers will buy.
His knowledge of energy systems is broad and began with his graduate work in Thermodynamics and the publication of his thesis on the direct integration of the Gibbs Duhem equation in the Oxford University Press. He continued to apply his education of chemical engineering and finance through many years of work. He was an expert witness in perhaps the largest insurance claim for property loss in a semiconductor fabrication facility. He has consulted and worked in the areas of energy deregulation, alternative energy generation, traditional energy generation, power transmission and distribution, power quality and reliability systems, and on hydrogen and sustainability
Lindsay received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from University of Witwatersrand, S. Africa and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State. His book on the hope and hype of hydrogen is translated into Japanese and is used in Japan as a university text for students of energy policy and sustainability. Lindsay has given outside expert testimony to the US Senate on advanced batteries and fuel cells. He also has given keynote addresses at numerous conferences on sustainability. Lindsay blogs each week on energy and sustainability at www.greenexplored.com where he is called “Lindsay Leveen The Green Machine”. He has lectured at UC Berkeley, Stanford and many other leading universities on numerous occasions. He has worked with the think tanks in the Bay Area such as CIFE, SRI International and EPRI. Lindsay says he is fortunate to have studied chemical engineering and to have applied this wonderful profession to enterprises that exemplify what we can achieve.