May 2018 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, May 18, 2018 

11:15 am – 12:00 pm    Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch & Program
   1:00 pm – 1:45 pm     Networking


“Can the US Remain Competitive in Chemicals”

The law of comparative advantage demonstrated: Low N. American Feedstock and Energy Cost Versus low Chinese Capital Costs—who really has the advantage on the trade-off between capital costs in the US, but low feedstock cost versus building in China?

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Russell Heinen
Senior Executive Director Chemical Consulting, IHS Markit OMDC Consulting

Russell Heinen now serves as Executive Director Consulting focused on issues impacting company competitiveness.  Prior to 2015, Senior Director of Technology and Analytics Group, responsible for IHS Chemical’s Process Economics Program (PEP), Competitive Cost and Margin Analytics program, and IHS Downstream Capital Cost Service. In addition to managing these programs he was also managed platform development initiatives such as our Global Price System and Scenario Forecasting System. Responsibilities included management of existing programs and development of new services that integrate the upstream and downstream expertise that resides in the other parts of IHS.  Continued involvement in consulting activities, especially related to process technology evaluation and operations.

Mr. Heinen has more than 35 years of experience in energy and chemical consulting. His expertise ranges from energy and chemical market analysis, forecasting, and investment analysis.

He is a registered engineer in the state of Texas, and is currently serving as a judge for the Carbon XPrize competition that is awarding $25 million in prizes to the two top teams who develop processed for converting CO2 into useable products.

Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center Detailed campus maps are available on the web at The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the left of the Ley Student Center across the street.

Rice University is a popular meeting location. In the remote possibly the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. Cross the street and the gate will be on the left. Be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather seems inclement.

The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus. Look for the bus stop signs to use or enjoy a short brisk walk!


$25 per person for online registration and $35 per person for on-site registration – a boxed lunch will be served. $ 0 for Rice Students and $15 for Rice Faculty – registration required in advance. Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, May 17, 2018. On-site registration is available on the day of the event for $35 per person.

Payment accepted online by credit card at time of registration.

In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.