K-12 Outreach at Esperanza College, Philadelphia, PA

By: Aswathi John

Esperanza College, a Christian College program started to enhance the knowledge, skills and outlook of Hispanic and local community students. AIChE was able to be a part their mission by organizing a K-12 outreach sponsored by INOLEX at Esperanza College.
In order to show the kids an application of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in real life we organized an activity in which we showed them how to make a lip gloss.

First we discussed with the students, the different characteristics a lip gloss should have and how one can use the principles of chemistry to combine different kinds of substances to make a lip gloss with the desired characteristics.

Once we showed them how to make and package it, we asked them to think about how thousands of similar lip gloss is being produced in a day. And hence we taught them the necessity of Chemical Engineers in the field of manufacturing to efficiently produce various products around them.

We made them understand that once a Chemist finds the best formulation to make a lip gloss with the desired characteristics, it is the job of the Chemical Engineer to design and engineer techniques and mechanisms that can be used for the large scale production of the product which then goes into the consumer market.

Overall we were glad to have successfully organized this workshop to show the importance and necessity of Chemical Engineers in our society.

For pictures click here 

Oktoberfest 2014 Success!

By: Peter Schwalbenberg, Vice Chair

“In recent years’ the DVS’s Oktoberfest has become a social hotspot for engineers, students and friends and this year was no exception. For this 8th edition of the event, AIChE-DVS and ISPE-DVC teamed up and hosted this annual autumn get-together at the one and only, Yards Brewery in Philadelphia.

Over 90 attendees came to enjoy the local brews and the good company. The Spruce, Pynk, and Pale ales proved to be an epic delight, specially accompanied with the beer themed appetizers/sandwiches provided by Tradestone Cafe. The night kicked off with a warm welcome given by the Daniel Sujo, the chair of AIChE-DVS and Alan Levy, the president of ISPE-DVC. The event followed with a fun and easy social bingo competition, with folks mingling to find out different fun facts about each other. 10 winners won 10 Wawa gift cards, but people kept on meeting and greeting to complete their bingo boards. Business cards were exchanged, fun gatherings were planned and student learned a great deal about industry and career advice. And let’s not forget the hilarious brewery tour given by Yards’ own Mike Hans! Great beer, great food and great people made this Fall season kick off to a great start!”

Check the photos from Oktoberfest 2014 HERE

AIChE New Fellows 2014

Please join me in congratulating Doug Kriebel, PE, Chuck Clerecuzio, PE and Dr. Zenaida Gephardt, PE for their appointment as Fellow Members of AIChE based on their demonstrated significant professional accomplishment and long-term service to the profession and our section.

I also want to congratulate as well the outstanding job of our Awards Committee for their hard work behind the scenes to ensure our members are recognized locally and nationally.

We are always looking for nominations! Please contact us if you want to nominate an outstanding member of our section.

By-laws Amendment 2014

Here are the by-laws amendment proposed to be voted on our next Board of Directors meeting at Villanova University, White Hall Room 311 on November 5, 2014. All our members are invited to attend and vote. Please contact me if you have any questions at chair@aiche-philadelphia.org

In summary, we are amending our by-laws to reflect:

1. The new geographic boundaries due to the merger with the Wilmington Section and the inclusion of Cecil County, MD.

2. Considering student members of AIChE as Local Section members in good standing. We believe that showing the value of participation and promoting early involvement in our section will create our future leaders.
3. The roles and responsibilities of the board members have been updated to describe more accurately how the section operates.

The proposed changes are presented below in bold. Our current by-laws can be found at http://aiche-philadelphia.org/bylaws/

{As a result of merger with Wilmington Section}

ARTICLE III Boundaries

Section 1. The boundaries of the Local Section shall be as approved by National AIChE. Section 2. The Local Section boundaries currently include the following counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia; all counties of DelawareCecil County of Maryland; and the following counties of Southern New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

 

{Student members in National now become local members in order to encourage their leadership in the section}

ARTICLE IV Membership

Section 1. The membership of the Delaware Valley Section of the AIChE shall consist of FELLOWS, SENIOR MEMBERS, MEMBERS, and STUDENT MEMBERS of National AIChE residing or engaged in business in the aforementioned geographical boundary (except as provided in Article IV, Section 3), who are in good standing in the Section. 

Section 2. A Local Section member in good standing shall have full voting rights, shall receive all electronic communications and all other benefits provided for the membership. A member is in good standing in the Section if

  1. current local dues have been paid (For a period of no more than two consecutive years, an individual may become a Local Section member while not simultaneously being a member in good standing of National AIChE)
  2. last year’s local dues were paid and it is not later than February 1 of the current fiscal year
  3. the individual is a National AIChE member who moved into the area after September 1 of the current fiscal year (See ArticleV Section 2)
  4. they are identified in the National AIChE membership database as being an undergraduate or graduate Student Member within the local section’s boundaries. 

Section 3. Any member of the National AIChE residing and engaged in business outside the boundaries of the Local Section who wants to become a Local Section member may apply in writing along with payment of the Local Section dues to the Section Treasurer.  Acceptance is subject to Executive Committee or Chair approval. Section 4. Nothing in these By-Laws shall be construed to prevent members from bringing non-members guests to meetings of the Local Section.

 

{Changed to fill at any time when vacancy is available rather than until the next annual meeting as an effort to involve members in our board. Increase the size of the board to be more representative of the increased membership size}

 

ARTICLE VI Board of Directors

Section 1. Number:  The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than 8 and no more than 25 elected members, including the Officers of the AIChE-DVS. 

Section 2.  Qualifications:  A Director must be a dues-paying member of the AIChE-DVS and a member in good standing of National AIChE.  The Section shall encourage membership on the Board of Directors which represents the social and geographic characteristics of the boundaries it serves. Section 3. Vacancies and Removal:  Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors shall be filled at any time by a simple majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors may remove any Director by a 2/3 majority vote if, in its judgment, the best interests of the AIChE-DVS would be served thereby. Section 4. Powers and Duties:  The Board of Directors shall have full power of the property and business of the section with full power and authority to manage and conduct the same, subject to the instructions of the general membership.  The Board shall plan and direct the work necessary to carry out the purposes of the section and may create and designate special committees.  No contract, debt, or obligation shall be binding unless contracted under the authority of the Board of Directors or its designated agent(s). Directors are expected to participate in 60% of the Section Planning Meetings. Section 5.  Quorum: A quorum of the Board is defined as 50% of the Board of Directors including the Chair or his/her designee.  A quorum is required for section business to transact.  If a quorum is not present, the Directors attending may pass a motion to hold the meeting as a sub-committee whose motions shall be ratified at the next Board of Directors meeting having a quorum.  A written record of attendance and business transacted at all regular and special meetings of the Board shall be maintained.

 

{Changed deadline since we typically meet on first week of June. Now communications are conducted via electronic media outlets of the section.}

ARTICLE VII Election of Board of Directors

Section 1.  Nomination:  Nominations for director may be made by any member of AIChE-DVS.  The nominee must demonstrate acceptance of the nomination prior to the nomination being considered.

Section 2.  Notification:  Prior to the Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee shall publish the names of the persons nominated for the Board of Directors in the AIChE-DVS Newsletter and Website.  Further nominations may be made from floor at the Annual Meeting by any voting member, provided the consent of the nominee shall have been obtained in advance.

Section 3.  Annual Meeting:  The election shall be held prior to June 15 and notice of same shall be announced at least 15 days in advance of the election date. The term of office for newly elected Directors shall be from July 1 through June 30 of the next calendar year, or until their successors are elected and take office. Immediately after the annual election, the Secretary of the Section shall announce the results to members in the AIChE-DVS Newsletter and Website. 

Section 4.  Election:  A quorum of the Board of Directors must be present at the Annual Meeting in order to hold an election.  All members in attendance at the Annual Meeting may vote.  Members must be present to vote. The list of nominees becomes a slate of candidates and is presented for vote to members attending the Annual Meeting.  If the slate of candidates passes by majority vote, the slate becomes the Board of Directors.  If the slate does not receive majority vote, the nominees are elected individually by ballot.

 

ARTICLE VII Election of Board of Directors

Section 1.  Nomination:  Nominations for director may be made by any member of AIChE-DVS.  The nominee must demonstrate acceptance of the nomination prior to the nomination being considered. 

Section 2.  Notification:  Prior to the Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee shall publish the names of the persons nominated for the Board of Directors in the AIChE-DVS electronic media outlets and Website.  Further nominations may be made from floor at the Annual Meeting by any voting member, provided the consent of the nominee shall have been obtained in advance. 

Section 3.  Annual Meeting:  The election shall be held prior to June 15 and notice of same shall be announced at least 15 days in advance of the election date. The term of office for newly elected Directors shall be from July 1 through June 30 of the next calendar year, or until their successors are elected and take office. Immediately after the annual election, the Secretary of the Section shall announce the results to members in the AIChE-DVS electronic media outlets and Website. 

Section 4.  Election:  A quorum of the Board of Directors must be present at the Annual Meeting in order to hold an election.  All members in attendance at the Annual Meeting may vote.  Members must be present to vote. The list of nominees becomes a slate of candidates and is presented for vote to members attending the Annual Meeting.  If the slate of candidates passes by majority vote, the slate becomes the Board of Directors.  If the slate does not receive majority vote, the nominees are elected individually by ballot.

 

{Remove reference to newsletter.  Rearranged committees to reflect current operations}

ARTICLE IX Committees

Section 1. The Section Chair shall have the responsibility of appointing such Section Committees as he/she deems necessary to carry out the Section programs and policies effectively. Past experience indicates that the following Section Committees should be considered: 

  • All Day Meeting
  • Career Guidance and Continuing Education*
  • Industrial Outreach (industry representatives and plant trips)
  • Joint Meetings and Inter-societal relations (by Vice-Chair)
  • Membership* ·               
  • Nominations & Awards (by Section Past Chair)
    • Student Awards, Recent alumni, and Faculty Subcommittee
  • Planning (by Vice Chair)
  • Communications (Web, Social Media, Announcements, Advertising)      
  • Scholarship
  • Student Chapters Outreach (by Vice Chair)   
  • Grants Committee    
  • K-12 outreach

The Chair of the Section Committees marked with an asterisk (*) are automatically members of the corresponding National Committees.