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2019 Global Conference & Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Portland, Oregon | September 16 - 19, 2019

Registration Deadline:
September 02, 2019
Registration and payment must be received by the September 02, 2019 deadline. Conference registration is not complete until HTRI receives payment.

Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, Oregon, USA

Join us September 16-19, 2019 in Portland, Oregon for HTRI's Global Conference & Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Hilton Portland Downtown has versatile and newly renovated meeting space that is conveniently located just 10 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX). 

New this year! If you would like to share a recent process heat transfer study or new initiative with your colleagues, we invite you to participate in the expanded staff and member poster session being held Monday and Tuesday afternoon of the event. View Invitation

Visit the Venue and Accommodations tab for room rates, parking rates, and room reservation method.

Looking for sponsorship opportunities? We have multiple levels for you to choose from. Explore our sponsorship packages or contact for more information.

As of June 1, 2019, our event policies have changed. Please review our HTRI Event Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Hudson Honeywell S&B

Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 7:00 AM.

    Global Conference and Annual Meeting of Stockholders (US$475)
    Monday, September 16, 2019
    Annual Meeting of Stockholders
    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    Technical Presentations
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • HTRI research initiatives
    • Software update
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Technical Presentations
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Predicting heat transfer coefficients with an artificial neural network
    • Insights from CFD simulations of a plate-and-shell heat exchanger
    • SmartPM
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Technical Presentations
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Lessons learned: Challenges in modeling kettle vaporizers
    • Crude oil fouling
    Poster / Demo Stations
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Welcome Reception
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    Technical Presentations
    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    • Falling film evaporation research updates
    • Heat transfer for supercritical fluids
    • Control valves in thermosiphon inlet piping
    10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
    Technical Presentations
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Turndown operation of a vertical tubeside thermosiphon reboiler
    • Air-cooler performance at low Reynolds numbers
    • Exchanger Optimizer
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Technical Presentations
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Lessons learned: Xchanger Suite 8
    • Natural draft airflow measurements
    • HTRI technology in variable composition models
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Technical Presentations
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • 2D kettle recirculation
    • Insights on non-Newtonian fluid modeling
    Poster / Demo Stations
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Topics listed above are not necessarily the title of the final presentation.

Training Courses

Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. Courses run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Course fees include arrival tea/coffee, lunches and snacks at breaks and training materials (workbooks, solutions booklets, and electronic copies of the case files). Computers with Xchanger Suite are available for use during the training event. Computers may be shared with other attendees.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Enhanced Heat Transfer in Xist Short Course (US$650)

    Instructor: Peter Joosten

    If you have cases that are heat transfer or pressure drop limited, this is the course for you. Learn how to use Xist to enhance the performance of shell-and-tube exchangers. Case studies of suitable applications for enhanced geometry and features in Xist will be discussed.

    Key Topics

    • Tube inserts
    • ID enhanced tubes
    • OD enhanced tubes
    • Alternative baffles

    Suggested Participants

    Engineers responsible for specifying or improving shell-and-tube exchanger performance

Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Reboiler Troubleshooting Short Course (US$650)

    Instructors: Peter Joosten and S. Greg Starks

    Reboilers are arguably the most troublesome auxiliary components in a distillation system. Reboiler failure or underperformance can lead to column malfunction and/or shutdown with severe economic consequences. In many cases, problematic operation can be identified and avoided in the design phase by correctly modeling the units in Xist, but this is contingent on the user’s ability to specify and interpret such cases. Attend this short course to practice modeling and review challenging reboiler designs in Xist through a series of interactive case studies.

    Suggested Participants

    Xist users who design, troubleshoot or evaluate reboiler performance

Samantha Elliott
165 Research Drive
Navasota, TX
979.690.5050 office


Peter Joosten
Peter joosten

Senior Consulting Engineer & Regional Sales Manager, Australia/Oceania, works with HTRI’s Engineering Services and Global Sales teams. His principal responsibilities include developing and conducting training programs, providing technical support, and promoting membership in the HTRI consortium. He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Fontys University of Applied Science, Venlo, The Netherlands. Prior to joining HTRI, Joosten was a Senior Heat Transfer Engineer at W. E. Smith Engineering, Coffs Harbour, Australia. His primary role was the thermal design and analysis of all types of shell-and-tube exchangers, air coolers, economizers, feedwater heaters, and steam surface condensers. He was also responsible for the mechanical design and stress analysis of these units, as well as for analyzing and resolving operational issues. His previous experience with HTRI software gives him a valuable end-user perspective.

S. Greg Starks
S greg starks

Director of Sales, Americas, graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. While working at the Shuttle Support Thermal Control Systems Analysis Group of Rockwell International, Houston, Texas, he performed thermal analyses for the space shuttle and developed geometry models for the shuttle/space station. From 1994 – 1999, Starks was employed at HTRI, developing calculation engines for our software as well as a quality control database to track program changes. He then moved to Austin, Texas, to work as the Software Engineering Manager for Tanisys Technology, Inc., a supplier of automated test equipment for semiconductor memory technologies. When he rejoined HTRI, Starks was responsible for enhancements to the Xist calculation engine. He now leads sales efforts in the United States and Canada and assists with HTRI’s training initiatives.


Hilton Portland Downtown

921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR

Hotel Information


The Hilton Portland Downtown is conveniently located just 10 miles from the Portland International Airport (PDX). PDX offers 15 airlines with nonstop service to more than 50 cities. Attractions like Washington Park are a short MAX light rail ride away—Portland’s public light rail system that runs from the airport to downtown in less than 40 minutes. 

Portland’s versatile downtown offers easy access to beautiful scenery and cultural offerings. The compact city center has half-size city blocks and an abundant amount of public spaces ideal for exploring on foot. 

Room Reservations

A block of discounted rooms has been secured for Friday, September 13, 2019 - September 20, 2019. Use the HTRI hotel booking link to reserve your room at the reduced conference rate. Room reservations available until August 26, 2019 or until block fills.

Room rates start at $204 (plus tax) per night.

Please contact with questions or concerns.


Self parking - not available

Valet parking - $52.00

Hotel Information

Check-in - 4:00 pm

Check-out - 12:00 pm

Portland, Oregon, USA

Visit Portland

Air Travel to Portland International Airport (PDX)

With 426 flight daily offered by 18 international and domestic airlines, PDX is an award-winning airport with an easy light rail connection to downtown.

Ground Transportation to and from PDX 

Light rail - The Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport and takes about 38 minutes.

Taxicabs - A one-way trip takes about 20-40 minutes and the average fare from the airport to downtown is about $35 before gratuity.

Shuttles - Many airport hotels offer free services or you can opt for the Blue Star Downtown Airport Express

Visa Information

Visa requirements often change and vary by country. For the latest information, be sure to visit the U.S. Department of State--Bureau of Consular Affairs when planning your business trip. If you need a visa, apply early to allow sufficient time for processing. 

Invitation Letter

To help with the visa submission process, HTRI provides formal invitation letters. Please contact for a personalized invitation letter.

Plan Ahead

Portland Weather

Dress Code

During the conference, business casual is appropriate. HTRI recommends bringing a jacket to ensure your comfort in the meeting spaces and in the event of cooler evening termperatures.