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Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources: A National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center
CISTAR started in 2017 and is one of 18 current Engineering Research Centers at U.S. universities that perform convergent research, education, and technology translation resulting in strong societal impact. CISTAR is a partnership among Purdue University (lead), University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Texas at Austin. CISTAR is organized around four pillars that work complementarily to achieve the Center goals. Engineering and Research: The CISTAR team develops innovative process designs for economic production of chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons. The fundamental breakthroughs emerge from new concepts in catalysis, separations science and process design. Modularization and minimization of greenhouse gas emissions through electrification are major goals. CISTAR is creating a technically excellent and inclusive community of hydrocarbon systems researchers, learners, and teachers through competency-based education, best-practice mentoring, and growth in key professional skills. Industry and Innovation: CISTAR leverages NSF funding through an industrial membership program that enables strategic advice and accelerates R&D progress and technology transfer to industry. Over 30 major players across the entire oil and gas value chain support CISTAR in research, educational and diversity activities. CISTAR is dedicated to creating an inclusive center where people from all backgrounds are ready to participate and lead in a global energy economy. CISTAR works to broaden the participation of groups underrepresented in the petrochemical and fuels industry; to create a warm workplace environment that supports, values, and rewards all its members; and to prepare culturally intelligent and globally dexterous citizens.
In this presentation we will discuss the current and future activities of CISTAR and the past steps that contributed to the formation of the center.

Jan 22, 2021 11:30 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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