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Aspen Technology, Inc announced that Dr. Vikas Dhole has been selected as one of the keynote speakers for MEPEC -- the first Middle East Process Engineering Conference, to be held at the Gulf International Convention Center, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain, October 23-26, 2011.


Dr. Dhole, Vice President of Engineering Product Management at AspenTech, will deliver the keynote speech, 'Transformation of Process Engineering Innovations and Best Practices for the Middle East' at the MEPEC Conference. He will discuss how industry best practices supported by software innovations are transforming process engineering, enabling significant value across the asset lifecycle.

As Vice President of Engineering Product Management, Dr. Dhole is responsible for the industry-leading aspenONE(R) Engineering suite, including strategy, direction and business performance. Throughout his career, Dr. Dhole has led software innovation initiatives in Process Engineering and Optimization, working closely with leading customers, research institutes and academia. He has presented at many industry events, authored several publications and has held a variety of leadership positions in product management, software development and consulting services at AspenTech.

AspenTech is a Platinum sponsor of MEPEC 2011 and will have an Optimization Theatre to demonstrate process engineering solutions. AspenTech experts will be available to present innovative ideas and strategies for reducing costs and maximizing return on investment in process engineering related to plant design, operation and maintenance.

MEPEC is the premier showcase for operators and owners, as well as product and service providers to meet and discuss how to reach the needs of the process industries. The Conference and Exhibition theme is "Towards Technological Excellence and Innovative Solutions."

Dr. Vikas Dhole, Vice President, Engineering Product Management, AspenTech "I am pleased to be selected as a keynote speaker at MEPEC. Process Engineering has undergone significant transformation over the last 30 years, driven by advances in engineering best practices catalysed by technology and software innovations. These transformations have created significant value for many companies resulting in capital and energy costs savings, operating efficiencies and dramatic improvements in engineering productivity. Companies operating in the Middle East face an incredibly challenging and highly competitive environment. As they explore ways to improve plant design, operation, maintenance and energy efficiency, my intention is to highlight how process engineering best practices and innovations in software tools can help give these companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace."