Joseph Priestley Society Lecture: A. N. Sreeram, “Adapting to the Shale Gale: Abundance Creates Shortage”

A. N. Sreeram

A. N. Sreeram

Date: September 12, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $25
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This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series will include a keynote address by A. N. Sreeram, corporate vice president of research and development, The Dow Chemical Company. Sreeram will present “Adapting to the Shale Gale: Abundance Creates Shortage.”


11:30 a.m. Networking reception
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Keynote speaker
2:00 p.m. Meeting adjourns


Shale gas is revitalizing the U.S. chemical industry. Technology, not geology, has created an abundance of ethylene, a key raw material for the industry. Unprecedented growth in ethane cracking and, with the shift to lighter feedstock, unprecedented growth in ethylene derivatives is occurring. New technologies will be required as abundance in ethylene crimps supplies of other key chemical building blocks.

A brief overview of the state of the industry and the astounding growth in shale resources will be followed by a discussion of the changes brought by the abundance of shale-derived ethane. Challenges and opportunities abound as the U.S. industry prepares for a bright future. 

About the Speaker

A. N. Sreeram is the corporate vice president of research and development for The Dow Chemical Company.

Before assuming his current role he was vice president of research and development for Dow Advanced Materials. In this role he was responsible for driving innovation across the portfolio.

Sreeram joined Dow in June 2006 as the vice president of core R&D, where he initiated innovation in the application of advanced materials to a number of areas, including automotive, infrastructure, and health.

Sreeram has extensive experience in the electronics, chemicals, and materials industries. Before joining Dow, Sreeram served as the vice president of worldwide technology for Cookson Electronics, in New Jersey, followed by a stint as the global technology director and chief technology officer for DuPont Electronic Technologies. Earlier, he led the Electronic and Flat Display Program for Sarnoff Corporation, in Princeton, New Jersey.

He holds an undergraduate degree in ceramics engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology−BHU, Varanasi, India; a master’s degree in glass science from Alfred University; and a doctorate from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sreeram holds more than 20 U.S. issued patents, with others pending, and has contributed to many publications.

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