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September 2016 AIChE NorCal Meeting

NorCal AIChE periodically honors one of its members with the Professional Progress Award (PPA).  Created in 1982, it is the highest tribute so given by NorCal in recognition of service to the Section, to our profession and for personal career achievement. This year, Ignacio Martinez has been selected to receive this honor by receiving a Plaque of recognition for this award. 

The meeting we will also recognize the past two NorCal AIChE Chairs by presenting them with Plaques of Recognition. These past two NorCal AIChE Chairs are: Dr. Dilek Alkaya for 2014-2015 and Mohammad Bazargani for 2015-2016."

Join us to meet the PPA award winner Ignacio Martinez 

Topic of his presentation: Ubuntu and AIChE

 Ignacio Martinez has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has over 40 years’ experience in consumer products R&D and engineering management.  Seven years at P&G International as a process development and package development engineer. He has over 23 years at The Clorox Company in process development management working on many of the company’s product lines, including bleaches, household cleaners, salad dressings and grill products.  He has also 10 years working as an engineering consultant designing manufacturing processes for novel and unique laundry detergent products and bleaches. He is a co-owner and co-founder of two entrepreneurial start-ups involved in manufacture and sales of high-end movie prop replicas (Master Replicas, Inc.) and Spanish wines and olive oils import (Espana Foods, Inc.).

 Program consists of:

  • Networking & Gathering (6:00-6:30 pm)

  • Dinner (6:30-7:15 pm) – Family style with pork ribs, sliced beef brisket, BBQ Chicken with veg options

  • Award ceremony  (7:15-7:45 pm)

  • Presentation (7:45-8:30 pm)

  • Networking continues (8:30 -9:00 pm)

 Location: Back 40 Texas BBQ Roadhouse –Austin Banquet Room, 100 Coggins Dr, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523

 Fees (Paypal/Credit card payment)

  • AIChE Members: $ 25.00
  • Non Members: $ 30.00
  • Retiree/Students: $20.00

 Contact: Akash Narani anarani@lbl.gov

Upcoming Events

September 2016 AIChE NorCal Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:00pm-9:00pm PDT
Posted by Mahnaz Firouzi
"NorCal AIChE periodically honors one of its members with the Professional Progress Award (PPA). Created in 1982, it is the highest tribute so given by NorCal in recognition of service to the Section, to our profession and for personal career achievement. This year, Ignacio Martinez has been...Read more

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Posted by Thomas Fogwell
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Posted by Thomas Fogwell
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Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6:00pm PDT
Posted by Thomas Fogwell
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Posted by Dylan Webster
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Posted by Dylan Webster
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Posted by Dylan Webster
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Posted by Dylan Webster
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:00pm-8:30pm PDT
Posted by Dylan Webster
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 8:45am-5:00pm PDT
Posted by Dylan Webster
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:30pm-8:00pm PST
Posted by Dylan Webster
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:30pm-8:00pm PST
Posted by Dylan Webster
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Posted by Thomas Fogwell
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