Beer Brewing Competition

Members of the Delaware Valley Section will enter a beer brewing competition hosted by the AIChE organization. Accompanied by Ted Heron and Giselle Johnston, Paul Yanisko hosted the homebrewing activities at his home where they brewed an oatmeal stout style beer. In addition to entering into the “dark and malty” category, they will also enter into the optional “seasonal” category using spices and additional hops to brew a portion of the main batch. The competition will take place at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on October 29th where judges will sample the homebrews and DVS team member Peter Schwalbenberg will represent the team in the poster competition. Good luck to our section in the competition!

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August 2017

Hello colleagues! I hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to a good end to 2017 and great start to 2018. I will be Chair of the Delaware Valley Section for the 2017-2018 year and we have a lot of great stuff planned. For those that are not very familiar with the section or those looking for some reminders, please read on below. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at

First up, I have to recognize our wonderful board and other helpful volunteers. Everyone involved with our section is active, helpful, and friendly to all so please reach out to any of us if needed. Our board meets monthly, typically the first Wednesday of the month, at Villanova. All section members are welcome to attend if you are interested in getting involved so please show up, have a bite to eat with us, and share your ideas. There are also a number of committees in the section that help make everything happen, including student outreach, programming, continuing education, and others. These committees typically work on their respective projects over email and phone calls and any section members are welcome to be a part of the committee.

We have some special events in the works for the year. First up is a Career Forum event on September 6th in Conshohocken, which will be a great event for those nearing graduation, young professionals, and those interested in general networking. On September 28th, join us for our annual Oktoberfest at Yards Brewery in Philadelphia. This has been an excellent event in the past and is sure to be fun again this year so be sure to not miss the last year in the old Yards Brewery before they move into their new, larger brewery (still in Philadelphia). We will also be having an event at the new FMC tower and our annual CEO Lecture at the Union League so stay tuned for updates on those events. And there will also be other fun events like plant tours, student outreach events, and events with other local societies.

I also wanted to mention our continuing education events. The sessions include dinner and a one hour talk on a relevant technical topic. The sessions each qualify for one professional development credit hour. We offer sessions in Conshohocken, PA and Newark, DE, typically one each month at each location. The sessions are also available online. If you see a topic of interest, I highly recommend you check it out as not only will you learn from the talk, but the instructor will be happy to answer questions, and other participants will offer interesting perspectives.

It’s sure to be a great year and I hope we can get even more of the best and brightest engineers of all ages in our area out to more of our events. Please check back to our website and subscribe to our email list to stay up to date with all of the happenings. I hope to see you at an event this year.

Ted Heron,
Chair 2017-2018

Phila Area EWB Wins Award

First NCEES-sponsored EWB-USA grants awarded

Each chapter will use $5,000 grant to improve lives of others through engineering

THE WINNERS OF THE FIRST NCEES- sponsored Engineers Without Borders-USA project grants have been announced, with the University of Colorado Boulder student chapter and the Philadelphia professional chapter each receiving $5,000 to support current projects.

The University of Colorado Boulder student chapter will apply the $5,000 award toward the overall funding necessary to implement its spring source protection project at Jhor Dhara this summer. Once complete, the project will provide a catchment tank to allow a more dependable water source during the dry season and a spring protection system to reduce water contamination. It’s estimated that the improvements will enhance the lives of over 34,000 people.

The Philadelphia professional chapter program will apply its $5,000 award toward the overall funding necessary to implement a water distribution system in Las Delicias, El Salvador. The system will provide a more evenly distributed water supply and help temper the current hoarding culture and its resulting illnesses. Once complete, it’s estimated that the improvement will enhance the lives of almost 5,000 people. To be eligible to receive an NCEES- sponsored grant, the project team mentor must be a P.E. or P.S. and the result and project must protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Preference is given to 2 | Licensure Exchange teams that represent multiple disciplines. Combined, the first two winning teams include several P.E.s and a P.S. and represent eight engineering disciplines.

EWB-USA is a fast-growing organization and ideal partner in our efforts to increase academia, student, corporate, and government understanding of the value of employing licensed engineers and surveyors. Founded in 2002 with eight engineering students and one engineering professor, today it boasts a membership of almost 14,000 students, faculty, and professionals who represent over 300 active chapters throughout the country.

Its program model is based on delivering practical engineering solutions that provide members the opportunity to apply the technical knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations, under the guidance of professional mentors.

For a mentor to serve as a project’s responsible engineer in charge (REIC), he or she must meet certain qualifications depending on the project’s potential impact of failure. A licensed engineer must serve as the REIC if failure of the project could result in death, severe illness, injury, or significant damage of property. Based on average EWB-USA participation numbers and project types, over 2,000 engineering students working are currently under the guidance of a licensed engineer.

To describe the outcomes associated with engineering students and professional mentors working together to complete a project, EWB-USA uses phrases like “moving from coursework to context,” “narrowing the knowledge gap through additional experience,” “transformational education,” and “networking across disciplines and across generations.” In other words, this project-based program model is better preparing engineering students to be successful in their careers while demonstrating the value that licensure brings to engineers, employers, and most importantly, the public.

The partnership with NCEES and EWB- USA is just beginning. In addition to the project grants that are awarded twice a year, EWB-USA has many other opportunities that will allow NCEES to promote the value of licensure to students, faculty, unlicensed engineers, engineer interns who may need extra encouragement to complete the path to licensure, and the public.

Learn more about EWB-USA at