Events

Past Events

October VLS Meeting

Electricity and the Environment
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
This month VLS chair Noah Meeks will be pinch hitting as our scheduled speaker is unable to present. Electricity generated by fossil fuel is generally a stable and low-cost commodity. Globally, electricity is being utilized in more areas of life than ever before, and the environmental impact of its...Read more

September VLS meeting

Process safety and PSM
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
This talk will cover process safety fundamentals as well as a demonstration of university-level process safety e-book. This work has recently been published by VLS Director Deb Grubbe and will be presented by a co-author Steve Swanson. -------------- Meeting URL http://fuze.me/26167722 Toll / Intl...Read more

September YP Event

Applied Mass transfer technologies
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00pm-9:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
This webinar will cover a review of mass transfer fundamentals as well as some applied technology to help practicing engineers meet their project needs. AMACS custom designs and produces mass transfer and phase separation equipment for oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical and biofuels industry...Read more

The Future Leadership of AIChE Answers Your Questions

Hear from President Elect Candidates Greg Stephanopoulos and Tom Hanley
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Watch Webinar Archive Watch Now Here’s an opportunity to get to know the president of AIChE’s Board of Directors! The Virtual Local Section has invited the 2015 AIChE President-Elect Candidates, Tom Hanley and Greg Stephanopoulos, to attend its virtual meeting as a Webex on Wednesday, August 20,...Read more

August Leadership Meeting

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 8:30pm-9:30pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
This is the regular bi-monthly meeting of the VLS leadership team. This is open to all VLS members and we encourage your participation. Meeting Link: http://fuze.me/25657531 Toll-free: +18553463893 International: +12014794595Read more

Entrepreneurship for Engineers: Idea to Reality

July 2014 meeting
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
The VLS is honored to have Dennis Baranik (COO) and Dr. Heather Byrne (Research Director) of Carbonxt, a startup producer of advanced activated carbons for environmental separations. They will discuss the innovation, leadership, and passion required to start a technical enterprise. The talk will...Read more

June Meeting: Protecting Your Inventions

A Chemical Engineer's Guide to Building a Valuable Patent Portfolio
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
Securing strong intellectual property (IP) rights is vital to protecting inventions in the chemical engineering field. IP rights can be used to create economic value for your organization, whether by licensing or by asserting your IP against competitors in litigation. Basic understanding of IP...Read more

Special Student & YP Event

Navigating AIChE Local Sections
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7:00pm CDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
Graduating seniors often need help navigating the transition from AIChE student member to finding their professional home in the Institute. As classes fade and new jobs offer fresh experiences, it is important to have an AIChE local section that can offer mentoring, training, career advice, and...Read more

June Leadership meeting

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 8:30pm-9:30pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
This is the regular bi-monthly meeting of the VLS leadership team. This is open to all VLS members and we encourage your participation. -------------- Meeting URL http://fuze.me/24468091 Toll / Intl #: +1 (201) 479-4595 Toll free #: Meeting number: 24468091 --------------Read more

May Meeting - AIChE President Otis Shelton

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
The Virtual Local Section is pleased to continue what has become a tradition of meeting with the current AIChE President. Otis Shelton has made the strengthening of local sections a key priority which has culminated in a report issued by a specially appointed task force on Local Sections. We are...Read more

April Meeting - Green Chemistry and Materials

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
In close proximity to Earth Day, the VLS is privileged to have Dr. Richard Wool as our speaker in April. Dr. Wool is a chemical engineering professor at University of Delaware and was recent academic winner of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection...Read more

April Leadership meeting

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
The Virtual Local Sections has leadership meetings on the 2nd Thursday of even numbered months. These events are primarily for officers and chairs within the section, but we invite all interested VLS members and other AIChE members to participate as well. Please send any agenda items in advance of...Read more

March Meeting -Young Professionals and AIChE

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Noah Meeks
Whether you are a recent graduate looking to get involved or your AIChE communities are struggling without new interest, you will appreciate the practical advice and insight for and about Young Professionals. As chair of the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) in AIChE, Elizabeth will discuss the...Read more

Chemical Engineers Are Heroes

Virtual Local Section February 27, 2014 Meeting
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Many of us have had awkward conversations that begin with either, “I don’t want any products with chemicals!” or “You’re a chemical engineer? Ugh!” Wouldn’t it be great to have a real conversation, even just a short one, which at least begins the process of enlightening folks outside the industry...Read more

Humor That Works

An Engineer’s Guide to Using Humor
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Engineers strive for efficiency and effectiveness. Sadly, humans aren’t always either one. Luckily we have a tool to help us get the most out of ourselves and our co-workers. Humor has been shown to improve communication, build relationships, enhance problem-solving, increase productivity, and...Read more

Chemical Engineers Impacting and Saving the World

2013 November Meeting
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
SIOC, AIChE’s Societal Impact Operating Council , is tasked with developing programs to address how chemical engineers, through AIChE, interface with the world at large that exists beyond the boundaries of our profession. Recent SIOC themes have included: growing the profession through efforts...Read more

Chemical Engineering Matters

2013 September Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Andrew Furlong, Director of Policy and Communication for the Instutution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) will be the keynote speaker for the September 26, 2013 VLS meeting (9:00 PM US Eastern Daylight Time). He will be discussing "Chemical Engineering Matters", a report by IChemE. The report asserts...Read more

AIChE Treasurer Candidate Question & Answer

2013 August Meeting
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Amanda Robben
On Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9pm EDT we will have the opportunity to talk to the AIChE Treasurer Candidates. Please come and find out who Bond Calloway and Dennis Griffith are before voting in the AIChE Board of Directors election. Mr. T. Bond Calloway, Jr. AIChE 2014 Treasurer Candidate Bond...Read more

2014 AIChE Presidential Candidates Address VLS

2013 June Meeting
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The VLS has invited the 2014 AIChE Presidential Candidates Philip W. Winkler and Cheryl I. Teich to Address the VLS at its June 27, 2013 meeting. Winkler a Partner at LFG Resources, LLC and Managing Principal at Government Contracting Specialists, LLC. Teich is a Reaction Engineering Expertise Area...Read more

Personal Branding Using Social Media

2013 May Meeting
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Fred Strolle is the keynote speaker for the 9:00 PM EST meeting of the VLS on Thursday May 23, 2013. Fred retired from DuPont Engineering as the manager of marketing and communications. He continues to support clients with social media through his company Strolle Communications. Fred has a BS in...Read more

Basics of Combustion, Fuels and Air Pollutants

2013 April Meeting
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The April 25, 2013 VLS meeting (9:00 PM US Eastern Daylight Time) will discuss the "Basics of Combustion, Fuels and Air Pollutants". The presentation will cover air-to-fuel ratio, combustion temperatures, types of burners, burning conventional and waste fuels, and air pollution issues resulting...Read more

Great Inventions that Changed the World by James Wei

2013 March Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
March's Keynote Speaker is Professor James Wei. Jim will be discussing "Great Inventions That Changed the World." You will not only learn about inventions and inventors, but also the impact they have had on our lives and the society and environment in which we live today. Inventions solve problems...Read more

Using Credentials to Establish Your Cred

2013 February Meeting
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 9:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Please join the Virtual Local Section at its February 28, 2013 9:00 pm Meeting as we discuss "Using Credentials to Establish Your Cred". Deborah Grubbe, Chair of the AIChE’s Institute for Sustainability and YP Chair in the Virtual Section, will review common credentials chemical engineers have the...Read more

Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering

2013 Jan Meeting
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Phil Westmoreland, 2013 AIChE president, will be keynote speaker for the January 24 VLS meeting. Phil will be speaking about "Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering". hE will discuss who ChEs are, what we’re doing, and where we’re going. He will look at trends, consider the wide range of...Read more

Changing How We Promote the Chemical Engineering Profession

2012 December Meeting
Friday, December 28, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Innovation is driven by people who are smart, creative and assertive. One strategy for innovation in the chemical enterprise is to attract people like this to chemical engineering. Opportunities for careers in technical fields are much different for today’s students than decades ago when many of us...Read more

Achieving Sustainability through Life Cycle Assessment and Management

2012 November Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Dr. Mary Ann Curran is keynote speaker for our Thursday, November 15 VLS meeting at 9:00 PM US EST. Her keynote addresss is "Achieving Sustainability through Life Cycle Assessment and Management". Mary Ann is an internationally-recognized expert in Life Cycle Assessment. She is retiring from the US...Read more

Solving Problems in a High Stress Environment

2012 October Meeting
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Joe Bonem is the keynote speaker for the Virtual Local Section on Thursday, October 25 at 9:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Joe's talk is titled "Solving Problems in a High Stress Environment". The world of today creates a need for a different kind of industrial problem solver. The industrial world...Read more

What Caused Tower Malfunctions in the last 50 years?

2012 September Meeting
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Lessons from over nine hundred case histories of malfunctioning towers reported over the last 50 years were surveyed and analyzed. Our analysis shows growth in the number of malfunctions with no signs of decline. Plugging, especially of tray active areas, packing and distributors, tops the...Read more

Uncovering Energy Savings in Process Plants

2012 August Meeting
Thursday, August 23, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The keynote Speaker for the August 23 VLS meeting is Todd Willman, founder and director of EPCON. His talk is titled"Uncovering Energy Savings in Process Plants". The meeting will start at 9:00 pm US Eastern Daylight time. Todd will discuss the use of flow simulation software can be used to...Read more

Sustainable Remediation - More than Greenhouse Gases

2012 July Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
“Sustainability’ is the new buzz word being used to show that businesses and governments care about the planet and inhabitants. Manufacturing and commercial companies and governmental agencies have developed policies and practices to show how green their operations are and are used to obtain “Green...Read more

The Future of the Chemical Engineering Profession

2012 June Meeting
Thursday, June 28, 2012, 8:00pm-9:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Major trends such as market needs and geopolitical events have influenced innovation in the last century. Drivers for changes have included the industrial revolution, the world wars, reconstruction and globalization. Chemical engineers have responded to these waves with significant innovations...Read more

Improvements in Distillation Design by Dan Summers

2012 May Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Distillation has been used for millennia as a means to upgrade the purity of certain chemicals. I contend that, contrary to popular belief, it is the "World's Oldest Profession." Since this unit operation has been practiced for so long, numerous people have designated distillation as a "Mature...Read more

Student Poster Contest Winners Address the VLS

2012 April Meeting
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The winners of the VLS Student Poster Contest will present at the VLS meeting on Thursday, April 26. The winners are: 1st place - Gregory Trigub, UC Berkeley 2nd place - Eric Miller, Stanford 3rd place - Sammy Gulrajani, Rutgers Isothermal and Non-isothermal Ice-Crystallization Kinetics in the Gas-...Read more

Lessons Learned from Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

2012 March Meeting
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Professor Akira Tokuhiro is our keynote speaker on Thursday, March 22 at 9:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time. He will discuss the Lessons learned one-year after the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster. Akira is a Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Idaho. He brings an...Read more

Why Process Engineers Need Process Safety

2012 January Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
The VLS has invited Louisa A. Nara to discuss process safety, the most important facet for the process engineer at our January 26, 2012 meeting at 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Louisa is the Technical Director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) at the American Institute of Chemical...Read more

Looking Forward - Virtual Local Section Plans for 2012

2011 December Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Virtual Local Section Members and Guest are invited to join VLS Leadership in planning for 2012 at our Thursday December 15, 2011 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time monthly meeting. Please join the officers and directors this month to discuss next year’s goals, speakers and nominations for AIChE awards...Read more

The Changing Feedstock Landscape and the Hurdles of Alternative Feedstocks

2011 November Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Alternative feedstocks are a critical issue to the chemical industry. Most industrial chemicals are derived from crude oil derivatives (naphtha) or natural gas by-products (ethane, propane) and thus the price and availability is strongly dependant on the fuels market. The price volatility has a...Read more

Mechanical Reliability

2011 October Meeting
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The keynote speaker for the October 2011 VLS meeting is 2012 AIChE President Mr. David Rosenthal. Dave is the Reliability and Asset Management Manager for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. David Rosenthal is a recognized leader improving manufacturing competitiveness through asset reliability across...Read more

International Year of Chemistry

2011 September Meeting
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The VLS keynote Speaker on Thursday, September 22 is Mr. Neil Gussman who will be speaking on the International ear of Chemistry. Neil is the strategic communications and media relations manager for Chemical Heritage Foundation , a library and museum in Philadelphia. For the past eight years he has...Read more

Wireless Measurement and Control

2011 August Meeting
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Wireless measurements reduce wiring installation and maintenance costs and eliminate electrical noise and ground loops. The portability of wireless transmitters offers opportunities to troubleshoot locations in the process with abnormal operations and to demonstrate process control improvements and...Read more

Carbon Nanotubes and Other Nanostructured Materials

2011 July Meeting
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
The discovery of fullerenes in 1985 sparked the interest of researchers in novel crystalline forms of carbon. Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of fullerenes, was a strong advocate of carbon nanotube research and his endorsement strengthened the field. The results of such an extensive...Read more

Global Warming: Man or Myth?

2011 May Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Warming of the climate system in the modern era is unequivocal and multiple lines of evidence point to human activity, primarily the emission of carbon dioxide, as the cause of most of this warming. The author will illustrate the evidence for planetary warming, highlight the human fingerprints of...Read more

The Truth about Anthropogenic Climate Change

2011 April Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) has been an international issue for many years, as represented most publicly by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC). Reports issued by this Panel have indicated that the world is heating up, and much of this heating is due to...Read more

Work Would Be So Much Easier without People

2011 March Meeting
Thursday, March 24, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Posted by Dan Lambert
Our training as engineers focuses on the physical sciences, and the relationships we learn about are generally mathematical ones. However, the day-to-day work of engineering requires constant interactions with people, and our career success depends as much on how we handle those interactions as it...Read more

Unexpected Reaction Case Studies make the Case for Technical Discipline

2011 February Meeting
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
Presentation by Gregg Kiihne of BASF on "A Little Knowlege is a Dangerous Thing - Unexpected Reaction Case Studies Make the Case for Technical Discipline" The old saying, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you,” implies that ignorance is bliss. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” may be closer...Read more

Research and Innovation

2011 January Meeting
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 9:00pm-10:00pm EST
Posted by Dan Lambert
2011 AIChE President Dr. Maria Burka will speak about two passions of hers, research and innovation. Dr. Maria K. Burka is the program director of the Process and Reaction Engineering (PRE) program in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) Division of the National...Read more