Section News

December 4th, 2014 Joint Professional Panel at UPenn

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.


November 18th, 2014 Drexel AIChE Manna Volunteer Event

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.”

November 19th, 2014 Networking Happy Hour at Frankford Hall

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!

November 11th, 2014 Engineer of the Year Elections at Urban Engineers

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:

November 6th 2014 University of Pennsylvania Corporate Dinner

By Peter Schwalbenberg

The University of Pennsylvania hosted their annual AIChE Corporate Dinner at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Representatives from various companies such as Jacobs Engineering Inc, Inolex, GSK, AstraZeneca and Pfizer attended the event to give chemical engineering students industrial insight and career advice. Paul Tomlin (Penn BSE ’02) from Dow Chemical Co., was the keynote speaker and presented on the different steps he took to balance family and work while progressing through his engineering career. The event was catered by Stephen Starr and was welcomed by UPenn’s student chapter president, Dillion Weber. The event was spectacular and was well managed by the E-board. Thank you, UPenn, for another great corporate dinner!