Greetings for the start of the 2016 year!
Hello and welcome to the start of the 2016 year for the Delaware Valley Section of AIChE! I am honored to lead this section as your Chair for the upcoming year. But of course, the chair is only as good as the section membership and section leaders. I wanted to start by thanking everyone for your continued support and involvement in the section. Without the efforts and enthusiasm of our volunteers and the feedback and support of our members, we would never be able to provide as many professional development and networking opportunities for our section. With that said, I always welcome any suggestions or feedback, as that is how we can continue to mold our events to fit the needs of our members. Please feel free to provide any feedback or ideas directly to me at Giselle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a lot of exciting events in the works for this coming year! Our Board has been working very hard in preparing some incredible events for this year and we are kicking off the 2016 year shortly with a “Secrets of the Schuylkill River” Boat Tour, September 8 th , starting at 5pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with friends after the summer and socialize on this one-hour evening boat cruise with dinner included.
We are returning to Yards Brewing Company on October 6 th for our Annual Oktoberfest evening. This always popular event will include dinner and drink tickets for all beers on tap at the brewery. We also have scheduled brewery tours throughout the night with Yards personnel, where you can learn the intricacies of brewing your favorite draft.
Last year we added Newark, Delaware to our Continuing Education locations so that we can branch out and continue supporting our Delaware members. Our Conshohocken Jacobs Engineering location will continue to host PDH (Professional Development Hours) presentations twice a month on average. Coming up on September 12 th in our Conshohocken location, Tony Galvin will give a talk on Dust Explosions. Look to our schedule on the section website for the most updated list of topics and dates for PDH sessions.
One area in which the Delaware Valley Section excelled in last year was outreach to students from K-12 in the region. I am so proud of our group of volunteers and how hard they have worked to grow this service. Last year, we hosted six events at different local schools and groups in an effort to develop some tools including instructions and supplies lists for easy and cost-efficient activities. We plan to share these materials with other local sections within AIChE to be able to make starting up a K-12 outreach event simple and easy. Our student chapters played a strong role in the development of these materials and we hope to continue to encourage our student chapters to plan outreach events throughout the coming years, as it is a great way to give back to the community and grow the next generation of passionate and curious engineers. DVS is always looking for more hands to assist with these events. If you have interest in joining a team of outreach enthusiasts, feel free to reach out to me personally, and I will connect you with the proper team member.
In March, we will look forward to our Annual CEO Lecture and in April the University of Delaware will host the Academic Awards Banquet at which we will recognize student and faculty achievement in our region for various categories. When the dates for these events are finalized, we will update our section schedule so that our members and students can reserve the dates on their calendars.
One incredibly rewarding way for members to get involved and network with students in the region is attending the Corporate Dinners that the student chapters plan and host independent of the local section. What a great way to interact with students of all levels at the universities. Look for opportunities to attend these formal dinners throughout the year as we will look to coordinate diverse attendees at each university’s event.
Mark your calendar for the fast approaching September 15th when we will have a tour of the Veolia Schuylkill Station Plant. Come learn about water and waste management in our local and global communities!
More industry tours and collaborative events with other professional organizations are also on the horizon for our section and I will highlight those events here in this quarterly Chair’s Blog as details are finalized. Our section is strong and the Delaware Valley Section Board will continue to provide opportunities for members in the region to learn and interact with other Chemical Engineers, students and professionals from related industries. Ideas and suggestions can be sent directly to me and I will work to implement them. I hope to see you at an event this year!
Giselle Schlegel, Chair, 2016-2017