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2021 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit

August 3 – 26, 2021 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

8-part webinar series

(part of the CGAConnect 2021 family of online events)

Registration fee: FREE*

Summit registration is also available at $25 per session for ISBT members

Registration for All Sessions Closes 11:59PM Friday, July 30, 2021

The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) will once again co-host the 2021 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit. Registration is complimentary for all qualifying participants.*

The 2021 Summit will feature one industry topic per week. The topics will include acetylene, liquefied petroleum gas, inert gases, hydrogen, and oxygen. The first session of each week will provide a high-level overview followed by a panel discussion, and the second session will feature a technical deep dive reviewing an incident or technical issue and the resulting effect on industry best practices. This format will accommodate attendees at all experience levels, allowing each participant to select the level of technical content that best meets their needs.

Our presenters and panelists are leading subject matter experts in their fields who will share their experiences, industry history, and more. They come from a wide range of industry backgrounds, including gas producers, distributors, equipment suppliers, and industry association representatives in order to bring varied perspectives to the discussion.

See the detailed Summit schedule provided below for information on all sessions.

*Please Note: Summit attendance is limited to young and emerging professionals who work for member companies in good standing with CGA or GAWDA (in order to register through GAWDA, your company must participate in the CGA publications subscription program). “Young and emerging professionals” are defined as those aged 45 years or younger, OR someone who is new to their area of industry operations.

You may register for a single webinar in the series, or as many as all 8! Pending company approval, presentation slides will be made available on demand to all registrants following each event. However, we will not be able to provide session recordings for all webinars, so be sure to mark your calendar and carve out time to attend the events you sign up for.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

Thank you to Weldcoa for sponsoring the 2021 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit.

We’ll update the calendar below as needed, so be sure to refresh your web browser to see all the latest information.

2021 Young & Emerging Professionals Summit Event Program

(as of: June 7, 2021)

Acetylene & Liquefied Petroleum Gas

SESSION #1:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3
11AM – 1:30PM (EDT)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Acetylene: Properties, Production, Filling, Transport, & Safe Use

Rob Stauder, Linde PLC

Liquefied Petroleum Gas: Properties, Production, Filling, Transport, & Safe Use

Jason Bombard, Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.

Panel Discussion

Brock Miller, Indiana Oxygen Company
Sally Mitchell, Norris Cylinder Company
Jim Robertson, Oxarc Inc.
Travis Strebig, Rexarc International Inc.

SESSION #2:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5
11AM – 1PM (EDT)

Acetylene Compressor Incident

Daniel Tregear, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

St. Louis Fire

Shaun LaGrange, Linde PLC

Inert Gases

SESSION #3:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10
11AM – 1PM (EDT)

Inert Gases: Properties, Production, & Applications

Bernard Malnarick, Airgas, Inc., an Air Liquide company

Inert Gas Cylinder Filling

Kevin Klotz, Weldcoa

Inert Gases: Cryogenic Safety

John P. Smith, Messer North America Inc.

Panel Discussion

John Bernard, CGA Consultant

Barry Brown, CTR Inc.

Markus Graf, Matheson

Brad Peterson, Absolute Air

SESSION #4:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12
11AM – 1PM (EDT)

Case Studies: Oil Fires in Compressors

Patrick J. Smith, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Asphyxiation Fatalities

Greg Herrera, Linde PLC

Hydrogen

SESSION #5:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17
11AM – 1PM (EDT)

Hydrogen: Properties, Production, & Applications

Bill Lindberg, CGA Consultant

Bulk Liquid and Gaseous Storage of Hydrogen

Pablo Guzman, Airgas, Inc., an Air Liquide company

Hydrogen Used in Vehicles – Past, Present, and Future

Jennifer Hamilton, California Fuel Cell Partnership

Panel Discussion

Tom Drube, Chart Industries, Inc.

Elias Margonis, Norco Inc.

Alessandra Martin, Messer North America Inc.

Josh Weinmann, DeLille Oxygen Company

SESSION #6:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19
11AM – 1PM (EDT)

Metal Dusting in HYCO Facilities

Jason Faulkner, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.

Roofs Over Hydrogen Storage, Siting, and Area Classifications

Rob Early, CGA

Oxygen

SESSION #7:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24
11AM – 1PM (EDT)

Oxygen: Properties, Production, & Applications

Alan Burton, Messer North America Inc.

Filling Medical and Industrial Oxygen

Kevin Klotz, Weldcoa

Oxygen Safety Considerations

Kate O’Handly, Matheson

Panel Discussion

Greg Eytchison, Western Enterprises

Zachary Fowler, Linde PLC

Ron Kirby, Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc.

Dino Sciullo, Sherwood Valve LLC

SESSION #8:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 26
11AM – 1:30PM (EDT)

Safe ASU Reboiler Operations

Dr. John Somavarapu, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.

LOX Bulk Storage Tank Incident

Sid Phakey, Linde PLC

Closing Remarks

*Reminder: Summit attendance is limited to young and emerging professionals who work for member companies in good standing with CGA or GAWDA (in order to register through GAWDA, your company must participate in the CGA publications subscription program). “Young and emerging professionals” are defined as those aged 45 years or younger, OR someone who is new to their area of industry operations.

Registration for All Sessions Closes 11:59PM Friday, July 30, 2021