Section News

August 2016

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.schlegel@gmail.com.

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!

Best,

Giselle Schlegel, Chair, 2016-2017

Call for Nominations

The Delaware Valley Section requests your help in seeking nominations for the following:

AIChE Fellow

The Delaware Valley Section is keenly interested in recognizing key contributors to the field of chemical engineering by nominating them as an AIChE Fellow, AIChE’s highest level of recognition. Fellow membership is achieved only by approval of the AIChE Board of Directors, generally upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee. The DVS section seeking nominations for this prestigious distinction and will work closely with the candidate to prepare the submission package.

AIChE-DVS Chemical Engineer of the Year

Until November 14, the Delaware Valley Section seeks nominees for DVS Chemical Engineer of the Year. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a local chemical engineer who is then also honored as an ex officio Director of our local Delaware Valley Section of AIChE. In the short term, suggested duties are supporting involvement in regional efforts such as Engineers’ Week and Student / Career Development activities. In addition, the successful candidate may be advanced as a candidate for the Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year, awarded by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.

AIChE-DVS Young Chemical Engineer of the Year

Until November 14, the Delaware Valley Section seeks nominees (age 34 and under) for DVS Young Chemical Engineer of the Year. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon a local chemical engineer who is then also honored as an extended board member of our local Delaware Valley Section of AIChE. In the short term, suggested duties are supporting our student outreach as well as young professional activities. In addition, the successful candidate may be advanced as a candidate for the Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year, awarded by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.

Further Information

If you know of a potential candidate, please contact: Sue Schultz, Awards Committee Chair, at 302-885-1560 or suzette.schultz@astrazeneca.com.

To print or download the nomination form for Chemical Engineer of the Year or Young Chemical Engineer of the year, please click here.

Don’t forget to vote

The annual election for American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Board of Directors has come again.

Starting on August 24, the National Board will send out the ballots. We urge you to decide the future of our institute by casting your vote by the October 12 deadline.

Below is the 2015 Election Timeline

May 18, 2015 Petition Candidate Due

August 24, 2015 Ballot Mail Date

September 8, 2015 Election Commences

October 12, 2015 Ballot Receipt Deadline

October 15, 2015 Tellers Committee Meeting

November 9, 2015 Results Officially Announced at the Annual Business Meeting in Salt Lake City

Wilmington and Delaware Valley Sections Agree to Reunite

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.