The program committee (usually led by the chair-elect) is charged with obtaining speakers or convening panels on more technical topics of interest to a more sophisticated audience. These are free and open to the public. Presentation slides are sometimes available on the website under “Activities and Events”.
Speaker awards are hand-made by glassblower Tim Drier of Dow Chemical, and represent some of the chemistry that is done in Midland by Dow and Dow Corning. Each is unique and presented to seminar speakers in appreciation for their presentations.