East Tennessee Local Section

The January 2019 Newsletter, The Pipeline, is now available:

The April 2017 Program on Eastman's Award-Winning Energy Program was presented by Corporate Energy Manager Sharon Nolen.  The presentation can be found below:

The January 2017 program was presented by Kingsport native Ken Marsh.  He is retired from Eastman, served 12 years as an Alderman for Kingsport, and has served on many community boards and planning commissions.  Here is the transcript of his talk about the early history of Kingsport in this 100th anniversary year:

An important aspect of safety is "followership,"  Our own Peter Lodal and Jennifer Mize explained the concept in our September 2016 LS meeting.  Here is their presentation:

Hi Friends!  Check out our 73 year history of local section officers.  This is truly a big part of the history of chemical engineering.

-- Tim Nolen

The December local section program presentation is available: Patrick Kiser of TVA:  The Boone Dam Project.  Link:

Photos from the December meeting can be found here:

The November local section program presentation by Bob Huss on Reactive Distillation is available at the link below:

The recent March 2015 presentation by Dr. Seth Cohen of ASU on Fermentation Science is here:

Check out our Young Professionals Group!  There is a YP event in Kingsport on March 19, 2015.  Visit the Young Professionals page for more info!

The recent Feb. 2015 presentation by Prof. Masanet on Life Cycle Analysis is here.

The December program presentation on Plastics Recycling by Tom Pecorini is available here:

The Recent Presentation by Jennifer Mize on sizing pressure relief valves is available at the following link:

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.


Recent Events

September E. Tenn. Section Meeting

Guiding Disability Inclusion
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm EDT
Posted by Timothy Nolen
Allison Chisenhall will discuss her work advocating greater inclusion in the workplace for those with disabilities. She was recently featured in a profile column in CEP for her work. Come join us for pizza at 11:30 a.m. with the program at noon. If you need a visitor's pass, please contact...Read more