As you may have read, the Wilmington Section and the Delaware Valley Section of the AIChE are merging back again. The Wilmington Section’s service area was originally part of the Delaware Valley Section at its inception in 1932. In 1983, the Wilmington Section started operating independently, bringing a full range of professional activities that were propelled by the dedication of many volunteers. Time and seismic changes to our demographics have changed the makeup of the organizations, and it now makes sense to rejoin as one stronger organization. We are thrilled to bring both sections back together, combining our resources to give you the best value for your membership. We believe that this merger will create more opportunities for our members. Integration will allow your local section to pool resources to better serve you and your professional associates in this very important hub of industry and academia. The consolidated leadership is committed to integrating and providing value to members of its entire service area, which now includes the state of Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland, in addition to South Jersey and Philadelphia and its suburbs. Several board members of the former Wilmington Section have joined the consolidated board, ensuring that the needs of the Wilmington geographic area are heard and fulfilled. The consolidated section will be known as the Delaware Valley Section.
The new by-laws have been approved by our Board of Directors and AIChE Local Sections Committee. It only needs the formal approval of AIChE – Career and Education Operating Council. After the approval, DVS will work with AIChE to have all IT systems reflecting the new changes.
Another change worth mentioning is that ChemE students studying in the area are consider members in good standing. We are making an effort to involve students and develop good engineers and leaders by putting together events to support the needs of students and involving students at the board level.
DVS is one of the largest and most progressive sections in the world with a rich and diverse annual program. This is only possible by the participation of our members. We invite you to get involved at the board level. It may sound a lot of work, but our board is very committed and structured that even the smallest help can contribute greatly. Please contact Daniel Sujo, 2014-15 Chair if you would like to learn more about getting involved at DVS.
By Lyndsay Fitzer
AIChE groups from Rowan, University of Pennsylvania, Delaware University and Drexel University put together a professional panel for students to attend. 30-40 students showed up with many questions for the 4 professionals from different career paths. The night began with networking and dinner catered from Chipotle. Then Dr. Daniel Knorr from U.S. Army Research Laboratories, Theodore Cohen from Integrated Project Services, Dr. R. Bertrum Diemer from Dupont and Matthew Van Kouwenberg from Drexel University began with sharing their backgrounds. Then students took the floor with questions about P.E. certification, having a minor in college, and work environment to name a few. The Professionals had great knowledge to share and the questions continued until time was up.
By Lyndsay Fitzer
The Drexel chapter of AIChE planned an event to Manna to help raise money through their “Pie in the Sky” fundraiser. Lyndsay Fitzer, a student at Drexel University and also a board member of the AIChE-DVS section, attended. She and five other Drexel students volunteered and sold several pies over the phone that evening. From their website, “This year MANNA sold 8,000 pies to help fund our Thanksgiving dinners (we made 1,800!), as well as the nourishing meals we faithfully deliver each day and each week to more than 750 clients.”
By Lyndsay Fitzer
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) invited us to join them for a networking happy hour at Frankford Hall Philadelphia. A great crowd of over 20 professionals from a variety of disciplines attended the two hour event. Mechanical, pharmaceutical and chemical engineers enjoyed a spread of German appetizers and a cash bar filled with delicious beer. Everyone received a complementary drink from the DVS and SHPE . The event was a great success with fairly equal attendance from both groups. Graduate Students from the University of Pennsylvania were also present and shared interest in becoming more involved. We hope to see more graduate students in future events!
By Lyndsay Fitzer
Engineer of the Year (EOY) Elections were held in November after nominations were due in October. Nominations were “by the engineering and technical societies of the Delaware Valley and elected by representatives of those societies and past Engineers of the Year…. The election was held in two locations: Urban Engineers in Center City and GlaxoSmithKline in King of Prussia, with a WebEx connection.” DVS-AIChE sent four delegates with one alternative. Adam K. Fontecchio, PhD received the award for the 2015 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year. He is a professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Drexel University’s College of Engineering and was nominated by IEEEE Philadelphia. Find out more information about the EOY and Delaware Valley Engineers Week at: http://www.dvewc.org