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PANEL 4: How did COVID-19 change the perspective on filtration? How prepared is the industry for the next pandemic?

A compelling exchange on:

  • Latest research on aerosol transmission and capture
  • Future vulnerabilities: airborne, waterborne, indoor/outdoor
  • Standards & Regulations: Facemasks, HVAC filters, test methods
  • Is the US supply chain for critical filtration materials ready for the next pandemic?

Wednesday, March 30
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

MODERATOR:
Mike Clark, Division President, Filtration Solutions, Hollingsworth & Vose Company

What to Expect

The filtration industry continues to be on the “front line” providing critical PPE and IAQ to minimize the spread of the virus, as well as advanced filtration solutions for medical equipment, hospitals, and the biopharma production processes to develop and produce the vaccines at tremendous scale.

Almost overnight, spurred by the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19, terms like ‘N95’ , ‘NIOSH’, ‘MERV 13’, and ‘HEPA’ have become common, and ‘filtration’ has become mainstream.  This new public awareness will likely have a profound and lasting impact on the industry.”

– Mike Clark

About Mike Clark, Division President, Filtration Solutions, Hollingsworth & Vose Company

TOPIC PANELISTS

Conlan

Wade Conlan, PE, CxA
Commissioning and Energy Discipline Manager, Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

Ptak

Thad Ptak, Ph.D.
Principal, Ptak Consulting

With a diverse engineering and project management background, Wade is an expert in the design, troubleshooting, and optimization of HVAC systems. He is responsible for design review, submittal review, developing commissioning plans, functional tests, and performance tests for project commissioning. For over 15 years of his career, he has provided energy audits, retro-commissioning, and re-commissioning services for existing buildings, including energy modeling, life cycle costs analysis, and economic analysis.

Wade has been the Project Manager and Commissioning Engineer for over 60 million square feet of facilities around the world.

 

Dr. Thad Ptak has over 30 years of experience in filtration technologies, aerosol science and indoor air quality. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of development of filter media and filters, portable air cleaners, indoor air quality, sensors for IAQ and instrumentation for particle generation and measurement. Currently Thad has his own consulting company specializing in providing solutions in the areas described above. He was involved in the research, development and manufacturing products and technologies in consumer products, HVAC, portable air cleaner and automotive filtration applications for several different organizations including AO Smith, Columbus Industries, StrionAir, ArvinMeritor, and others. Dr. Ptak has presented more than 50 technical papers related to the particle technology and filtration field, chaired and organized several sessions and co-chaired a filtration conference. He actively participates in technical societies and numerous standard committees.

 

PANEL 1:

How do we better achieve better Indoor Air Quality?

Moderator:
Ashish Diwanji, Ph.D., President, Lydall Performance Materials

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PANEL 2:

What is the single-use filtration industry doing to improve its environmental footprint?

Moderator:
Philip Whitaker, CEO, BFC Solutions

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PANEL 3:

How can Filtration/Separation ensure clean water supply?

Moderator:
Mark Siebert, General Manager, Healthcare & Specialties, US & Canada, Berry Global, Inc.

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PANEL 4:

How did COVID-19 change the perspective on filtration?

Moderator:
Mike Clark, Division President, Filtration Solutions, Hollingsworth & Vose Company

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PANEL 5:

Filter Standards: Friend or Foe? Help or Hindrance?

Moderator:
Tom Justice, President, Zene, LLC

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