Section News

2020 Engineer of the Year – Stephen M. Hall, PE

We are proud to announce that Stephen Hall has been selected as the 2020 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year at the election event for this conducted on November 12 at Urban Engineers. He was one of two candidates nominated for this honor and will be officially inducted as Engineer of the Year at the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Kickoff Event/Dinner, which will be held at the DoubleTree Philadelphia Hotel in Center City on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Mr. Hall is Chief Process Engineer with Genesis Engineers at the firm’s office in Plymouth Meeting, PA. He was nominated by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Delaware Valley Section. We congratulate Mr. Hall on this honor.

In Memoriam: Chuck Clerecuzio

Charles A. Clerecuzio Foundation





The AIChE Delaware Valley Section mourns the loss of our beloved friend – Chuck Clerecuzio. Chuck sadly passed on November 1, 2017. This is a tremendous loss for everyone who knew him. He was an amazing father to Joseph, the best husband a wife could want, and a friend of unrivaled loyalty.

His passion for life was evident in all that he did. One of his favorite things was to teach other engineers – he was an engineer’s engineer. Chuck was an active board member and past-president of the DVS chapter. He was always excited to help out fellow engineers however they needed. He and his family enjoyed hosting and BBQing for the section at his house every year. 

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