East Tennessee Local Section

The May Pipeline Local Section Newsletter is now available:

May 2021 Pipeline

March 2021 Program Presentation:  "Sowing the Seeds of Diversity"  Prof. Jennifer Curtis, U.C. Davis

February 2021 Program Presentation File -- Size Reduction in Polymer Systems, Jeff Gunderson and Doug Ort of Hosokawa

December 2020 Local Section Program Presentation, "Designing Liquid-Liquid Extraction Columns" by Don Glatz and Brendan Cross of Koch Modular Process Systems

November 2020 Local Section Program Presentation, Kristi Bennett, "AIChE Code of Ethics vs. Real World Mistakes" is available here.

October 2020 Local Section Meeting Video Available now:  Project Management, Richard Bonner

Congratulations to Teni Butler on her selection as one of AIChE's 35 under 35 for 2020!  

The April Program by Lauren Johnson on the Circular Economy can be viewed here.

March Program:  One of the great chapter of the war epic: The Secret History of RDX

Dr. Colin F. Baxter, Professor Emeritus of History at East Tennessee State University

His presentation is available here:

The January meeting presentation on Carbon Renewal Technology by Bill Trapp of Eastman is available here:

Videos of the November 2019 Local Section meeting are posted under the videos link at left.  These show Doug Atkins presentation on safe use of laboratory glass.

Hello, Tennessee chemical engineers.  Our chapter is an important part of chemical engineering history.  An updated list of our local section officers since 1943 is at the following link:

Congratulations to Peter Lodal on his election to Director of the Global AIChE!  Peter is an AIChE Fellow from our East Tennessee Local Section.

Please refer to the Newsletters link for our latest newsletters and the Files link to see presentations from our speakers. 

The August 2019 Newsletter, The Pipeline, is now available along with past issues:

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 seven 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 Erwin, 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

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