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Help a Saint Louis FLL (Lego League) Team Do Research!

I received this from the coach of the FLL team:

Phil Speth, Shaw

Please send this far and wide. It isn’t just for St. Louis, but anyone who can take the survey.

Our Lego Team needs your help.
Our 4th Grade Lego Team is looking at how we dispose of medicines.
This year in FLL (Lego Robotics) we are all about our water. One BIG!! problem is the incredible amount of medicines that end up in our water system. To get to the heart of this problem our kids decided to send out a survey to help us all understand the problem and ask everyone to help us do better.

Please take 1 minute to take our survey!! Thanks
https://goo.gl/forms/jAL2v3nunsmzSDws1

Medication Disposal Survey
We are a team of 3rd and 4th graders from SMOS and LPA schools. Our FIRST Lego League team has spent the semester studying Hydrodynamics, building robots, and learning about water. For our final project, we are collecting information from our community. All of your information will be kept anonymous. Thank you for helping us!

A Legend Passes: Dick Morley Died Today

I received a note from Don Clark, who has been Dick Morley’s most steadfast friend for the last few years:

From: Donald Clark
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:02 PM
Subject: Dick Morley…

I am sorry to report that Dick Morley passed away quietly in his New Hampshire care facility earlier this evening. A legend has passed. May Dick Rest in Peace, and thanks for the memories.

Please by all means spread the word far and wide to as many folks you know about this unfortunate news. I only could think of a few of you within Schneider who might have known or known of this great man.

For any who wish, we’ve set up a memorial fund for both a fitting and simple granite memorial at his graveside as well as setting up a scholarship fund for some deserving student(s). Please go to the GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/lv6bho and make a contribution to his memory.

Thanks, and best regards,

Don

Now Dick can be back with Shirley, whose death a few years ago broke his spirit and his health.

Dick was the most important inventor of the last 50 years of the 20th century. Very few people know that, which is a shame. He never wanted fame, he only wanted to invent new things.

I remember with fondness his “Geek Pride Day” events at the Barn in New Hampshire.

I have been proud to call Dick Morley my friend, and one of my mentors.

Please help us memorialize Dick by giving to the GoFundMe that Don has set up.

I am deeply sad.

Last Year’s Winners in UniSim Design Challenge Win Again!

STUDENTS USE HONEYWELL SOFTWARE TO SIMULATE TURNING ALGAE INTO ETHYLENE

Chemical engineering students recognized with UniSim® Design Challenge award at annual customer symposium

Two students from the Izmir Institute of Technology, who used Honeywell’s simulation software to demonstrate how to produce petrochemicals from algae, have been named the winners of Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) annual UniSim® Design Challenge. They defeated 60 teams from 25 countries. The Turkish chemical engineering students, who won the competition last year with a different project, were recognized during the company’s annual customer symposium held this week in San Antonio, Texas.

Ozgun Deliismail and Okan Akin, under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr. Erol Seker, used UniSim Design and UniSim Dynamics to create a preliminary conceptual design and simulation of the production of bio-based ethylene from the marine microalgae of Nannochloropsis oculata. Ethylene produced from this renewable source can easily replace petrochemical-based ethylene in conventional production processes.
“The interest in renewable petrochemicals continues due to a combination of environmental concerns and economic uncertainties,” said John Roffel, director of Honeywell’s Simulation and Operator Competency product lines. “It is great to see that students around the world find new ways to tackle global challenges with the help of the UniSim Design Suite.”
The UniSim Design Challenge allows engineering students to propose solutions to real-world problems facing process manufacturers with Honeywell’s UniSim Design Suite software, which is used to design and model processes in production facilities around the world.
Deliismail and Akin presented the winning entry during the Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium, the company’s largest gathering of customers in the process manufacturing industries. Their preliminary design demonstrates the drastically reduced carbon-foot print of the hybrid process by anaerobic digestion and oxidative coupling versus the traditional process of ethylene production. It also shows that bio-ethylene production from bio-methane is profitable.
“To our knowledge, this is the first reported simulation of bio-based ethylene production using the UniSim Design Suite,” said Dr. Seker. “Its user friendly interface, simplicity and great extensibility provide a great simulation environment to improve the design of the hybrid process.”
UniSim Design Suite provides an interactive process model that allows engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models and is used extensively for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational improvement, business planning, and asset management around the world. UniSim Design models may be leveraged into advanced training and optimization solutions provided by the UniSim® Optimization Suite, UniSim® Competency Suite and Honeywell Connected Plant offerings.