ICOSSE '18: Industry, Innovation and Sustainability

7th International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering
August 12-15, 2018

ICOSSE '18: Industry, Innovation and Sustainability

The 7th International Congress on Sustainability Science & Engineering serves as the international platform for innovation in sustainability science and engineering. Focuses include industrial and environmental sustainability areas such as manufacturing, bioproducts, & resilient socio-environmental systems. Download Brochure

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ICOSSE '18 is chaired by:

  • Raymond Smith, U.S. EPA
  • David Shonnard, Michigan Technological University
  • Wendy Young, Chemstations, Inc.

Featured Speakers

  • Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State University
  • Heriberto Cabezas, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Pazmany Peter Catholic University
  • Mike Gromacki, Dixie Chemical
  • Oliver Kroner, City of Cincinnati
  • Haresh Malkani, CESMII
  • Andrew Mangan, Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Nabil Nasr, REMADE
  • Ignasi Palou-Rivera, RAPID 
  • Subhas Sikdar, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (retired)
  • Emily Tipaldo, American Chemistry Council
  • Tracy Young, The Dow Chemical Company

The Congress will focus on the following themes in sustainability:

Food, Energy, Water, and the FEW Nexus: 

Food, energy, water, and their intersections offer fertile ground for breakthrough advances toward sustainability, while simultaneously older technologies and focus areas (fracking, water systems, etc.) reemerge to prominence. 

Industrial Innovation: 

Sustainable manufacturing, circular economy, environmental product declarations, and life cycle assessment highlight the broad area of industrial innovation, where product, process, and system areas are the focus of efforts on the economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability.

Bioenergy Sustainability:

A multi-disciplinary systems approach is essential for development of a sustainable biofuels and bioenergy sector. This track within ICOSSE '18 will explore innovative solutions to socioeconomic and environmental challenges and opportunities for commercialization of emerging advanced biofuels and bioenergy.  

Modeling and Simulation:

Evaluating the sustainability of new or existing systems, processes, or products involves modeling methods and simulation tools that vary widely in levels of scale and detail.  Examples in this area include high-level ecosystem health and community resilience down to process life cycle assessments and even individual product design.

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Select presenting authors will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript to be considered for publication in a special issue of Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy.

Featured Speakers

Bhavik Bakshi

Bhavik Bakshi is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University.  He also holds appointments in Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at OSU and as a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India.  His research is developing methods and applications for assessing and designing sustainable systems that respect nature's limits and reduce the chance of unintended harm.  He received his chemical engineering degrees from the University of Bombay and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor...Read more

Heriberto Cabezas

Heriberto Cabezas serves as Senior Science Advisor to the Land and material Management Division in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), and Research Professor at the Institute for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability at the Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Hungary. His wards include: 1998 U.S. EPA Science Achievement Award in Engineering, 2007 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2011 Research Excellence Award in Sustainable Engineering from the AIChE, ORD Sustainability Award (team) from the U.S. EPA, 2013...Read more

Michael Gromacki

Mr. Michael Gromacki serves as President of Dixie Chemical. He has over 25 years of experience in the chemical industry. He started his career in engineering consulting practice and joined TOTAL S.A. subsidiary Cook Composites & Polymers (CCP) in 1997 where he served for twelve years in a progression of roles leading to Vice President. He joined Dixie Chemical in March of 2009 as Vice President of Operations and added the role of Chief Technology Officer in 2010. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in July 2014 and in June 2015, he assumed the leadership of Dixie. He was appointed...Read more

Oliver Kroner

Oliver Kroner is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cincinnati, where he works with city government and community members to identify and implement strategies to prepare the City for the future.  He is responsible for advancing and tracking the sustainability and resiliency recommendations of the Green Cincinnati Plan, including greenhouse gas modeling.  Prior to this role, he worked as an Environmental Scientist with the University of Cincinnati’s Risk Science Center, modeling the human health impacts of chemicals in...Read more

Haresh Malkani

Haresh was appointed CTO of CESMII starting March 1, 2018. He brings over 29 years of experience in an industrial RD&E environment covering development and deployment of Smart Manufacturing technologies including sensing, automation, control, modeling, simulation and analytics for applications in continuous, hybrid and discrete manufacturing operations.

In his role as CTO for CESMII, Haresh oversees the technology mission, road map and objectives of CESMII. He will spearhead development of technologies spanning advanced sensors, controls, platforms, data analytics, modeling...Read more

Andrew Mangan

Andrew Mangan is founder and president of Pathway21, a company that enables business-to-business industrial reuse through the award-winning Materials Marketplace software platform, supporting a culture shift to a circular, closed-loop economy.

Mr. Mangan is also founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development, a non-profit association of businesses launched in 1993. The Council combines the capabilities of its members to develop, test and scale sustainability solutions.

The Materials Marketplace is scaling after more than 20...Read more

Nabil Nasr

Dr. Nabil Nasr is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the REMADE Institute, where he oversees everything from node-level research roadmap development to corporate engagement of the Institute’s largest industrial partnersRead more

Ignasi Palou-Rivera

Ignasi Palou-Rivera is the Technical Program Manager of the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, a part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The RAPID Institute focuses in the promotion of modular chemical process intensification (MCPI) with the goal of reducing the capital and energy intensity of the US process industries.Read more

Subhas K Sikdar

Dr. Subhas K. Sikdar, now retired, was the Associate Director for Science for the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, Ohio until 2015.Read more

Emily Tipaldo

Emily Tipaldo is Director of Packaging & Consumer Products, at the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division.

Emily leads the Plastics Division’s Packaging Team, representing major U.S. resin suppliers. She directs advocacy and develops strategies for policies and initiatives that recognize plastic packaging and plastic products as valuable resources. Emily leads the Packaging Team in the quest for sustainable solutions for creating and recovering plastics, keeping molecules in play, and, preventing marine debris. As Director, she executed the first natural capital...Read more

Tracy Young

Tracy Young is the Core R&D Program Director for the Consumer and Infrastructure Solutions Division at The Dow Chemical Company. In this role, she is responsible for leading the innovation portfolio for Energy & Water, Electronic Materials, Building & Construction, Coatings, and Consumer Care. Prior to this role, she was the Growth Technologies R&D Director for the Dow Water and Process Solutions business unit. She is a member of the Dow Corporate Water Strategy Team, and has been actively involved in leading technology programs to address the water-energy nexus and advance Dow’s 2025 sustainability goal to advance a circular economy through breakthrough water reuse partnerships. She is currently the co-chair for AIChE’s International Society for Water Solutions and past advisory board member for several water industry and research organizations.Read more