East Tennessee Local Section

Read our March Newsletter--The Pipeline

Check out our Young Professionals Group!

April Local Section Meeting

Wayne Chastain, Eastman Chemical Company
Wednesday, April 16th, 11:30 a.m.--1:00 p.m.
Eastman Research Auditorium, B-150, Kingsport, Tennessee

Title:  Advances in Layers of Protection Analysis

Wayne Chastain has over 20 years of experience in chemical process safety with Eastman Chemical Company.  He specializes in the areas of reactive chemistry, overpressure protection, and risk analysis.  Mr. Chastain has been using the Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) technique for 13 years and has authored multiple papers on the methodology.  Mr. Chastain served as the chair for the CCPS subcommittee for Guidelines for Enabling Conditions and Conditional Modifiers in LOPA released in November 2013, and on the soon-to-be released Guidelines for Initiating Events and Independent Protection Layers in LOPA.  Mr. Chastain will also chair the CCPS subcommittee developing an evergreen online LOPA database.

Young Professionals Group Social! 

April 24th at Stir Fry Cafe in Kingsport, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  Details here.

May Local Section Meeting

Kirk Wiebe, Ethics and the Events of September 11, 2001
May 8, 2014, 11:30-Noon
Research Auditorium, Eastman Chemical Company, B-150
Mr. Weibe is a retired NSA manager and will address the subject of Ethics.

About Us

I hope you'll join in to the many educational, networking, and enjoyable activities of the East Tennessee Section of AIChE.

The East Tennessee Section has contributed to the profession of chemical engineering for six decades.  Our area is in the extreme eastern part of the state near the border with Virginia and North Carolina.  As discussed in the local section history, our section was founded and is largely driven by employees of Eastman Chemical Company, which is the 9th largest chemical company in the U.S. and has over 500 chemical engineers at its headquarters in Kingsport, Tennessee.  However, many of our members work for other local employers as well including Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) in Elizabethton, Tennessee and BAE Systems in Kingsport.

Our section has monthly programs from September through May.  Most of these are lunchtime meetings held in the Eastman Research Laboratories, but there are occasional plant tours and night meetings as well.  The local section offers a review course for the professional engineer’s exam and sponsors continuing education classes as well.  The history of these events is documented by our local section newsletter which is published monthly from September to May.

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