2016 Mid-Michigan AIChE Spring Banquet

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5:30pm-9:00pm EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Nancy Tseng
Great Hall
5121 Bay City Rd
Midland, MI 48642
United States

Mark your calendar!  The Mid-Michigan Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) cordially invites you to attend the annual Spring Banquet on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Great Hall Convention Center in Midland.  Our special guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Victor Atiemo-Obeng, Director, Safe Water Team.

Life in retirement has become an adventure of sustainable living and social entrepreneurship for Dr. Victor Atiemo-Obeng.  In his presentation, he will share several opportunities that are allowing him to live out his passions while addressing basic pressing needs. He will highlight the adventurous work with the Safe Water Team promoting and enabling the distribution of Hydraid® Biosand filters to bring clean, safe water to many in need of it in Kenya, Ghana, and the Dominican Republic.  He will describe several challenges we face in this adventure as well as several effective tools and approaches that are contributing to success.

Victor Atiemo-Obeng is engaged in an adventure of sustainable living and social entrepreneurship in retirement from The Dow Chemical Company after nearly 34 years of productive engineering science research and practice.  He continues to as a judge for the US EPA P3: “People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability”, having done so every year since 2009.  As a National Board member-at large of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), he perseveres in his work to nurture interest in STEM for junior and high school students of under-represented groups.  Since 2010, he has worked with the Ghana Baptist Vocational Training Center exploring opportunities for sustaining the very necessary work of rescuing young women from exploitation and empowering them for fulfilled living in society. Victor is a Director of the Safe Water Team which promotes and enables the distribution of Hydraid® Biosand filters to bring clean, safe water to millions in need of it.  Victor Atiemo-Obeng honed his passion and aptitude for most effective engineering science research and at The Dow Chemical Company first as a summer intern in 1970 and for nearly 34 years after a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1975 and a BChE from The Catholic University of America in 1971.  He attained the rank of Dow Fellow. Victor was invited out of retirement to be a Director and Interim Country Manager of Dow Chemical West Africa LLC in 2012 to establish a new office in Accra, Ghana for commercial operations. Victor served for eight years on the Executive Council of the North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) a division of AIChE, and was co-editor and contributing author of the world-acclaimed “Handbook of Industrial Mixing: Science and Practice” published in 2004 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  A sequel, “Advances in Industrial Mixing” was issued in November of 2015.  Invited by the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, National Academies, Victor contributed to the workshop and publication of “Sustainability in the Chemical Industry: Grand Challenges and Research Needs - A Workshop Report (2005). Victor is a Fellow of AIChE, served as member of the National Nominating Committee and International Activities Committee; he was also a Director and Chair of the Mid-Michigan local chapter. He remains an active member of AIChE, NAMF, NOBCChE, the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Engineering Education.

When:              Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Where:            Great Hall Convention Center, 5221 Bay City Road, MI 989-496-2158

Agenda:          5:30 – 6:00 p.m., Social time with cash bar

                       6:00 – 7:55 p.m., Dinner and awards program

                       8:00 – 8:45 p.m., Victor Atiemo-Obeng, Guest Speaker

Menu:              Buffet dinner with two entrees:

  • Ginger and orange teriyaki glazed boneless chicken thighs
  • Broiled flank steak with cognac and mushroom sauce

Plus roasted red skin potatoes, penne pasta with marinara, sautéed zucchini and yellow squash, Greek salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, red onions, beets, feta cheese and creamy Greek dressing, Italian pasta salad with marinated vegetables, marinated mixed bean salad, dinner rolls, coffee, tea, milk, soda, and dessert. 

Cost:                $30 for members + 1 guest/member, $40 for non-members

If you will attend, please RSVP to Bruce Holden, Secretary, at by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Please pay at the door the evening of the event – with cash or a check made out to Mid-Michigan AIChE. 

Note: if you make reservations but then do not attend the event, AIChE will still need to charge you for the cost of the dinner to recover our costs.