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Upcoming Events

Presentation on Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 7:00pm-8:30pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
Presentation on Homemade Hand Sanitizer Speaker: Cris Hehner was raised on and worked on his family farm through college. In 1976, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. Cris then started his career with Monsanto in St. Louis, working in the...Read more

Past Events

Trivia for Engineers

Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:00pm-10:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The St. Louis Section of AIChE is hosting another "Engineering Trivia Night" in the new auditorium, at the Engineering Center of St. Louis. We have all kinds of categories - some technical, others just "science/math fun"! Unlike most trivia nights, this trivia night is meant to appeal to Science...Read more

Batch Distillation of Potable Spirits

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:00pm-9:00pm CST
Posted by Robert Gale
Batch Distillation of Potable Spirits Speaker: Doug Bertie Sponsored by ICC, Inc. Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:00 pm-9:00pm CDT Distillation using plate and packed columns is commonly used in chemical and petroleum industries, but batch distillation equipment that is used in the distilled...Read more

Square One Brewery and Distillery Tour and Dinner

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm CST
Posted by Robert Gale
Square One Distillery and Brewery Date: Tuesday, December 17 th 2019 Time: 6:00pm (1800) Location:Square one 1727 Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104 Join us for a tour of Square One. A brewery, distillery, and restaurant. This will be a good place to learn the basics before our technical talk on spirit...Read more

Tour of Companion Bakery

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00pm-9:00pm CST
Posted by Robert Gale
AICHE TOUR OF COMPANION BAKERY - 2331 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146 Tuesday, November 12, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT Schedule of Events 5:30 pm Arrive at Companion Bakery 5:45-6:30 pm Bakery Tour 6:30-8:00 Dinner at O’Fallon Brewery (45 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights...Read more

Mission to Mars

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 5:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
PROGRAM Mission to Mars Plan on arriving by 5:00 p.m. mission begins at 5:15 p.m. it is a 2 hour mission After a brief orientation, participants are assigned jobs similar to those of astronauts, scientists and engineers. One half of the crew works on board the spacecraft and the other in Mission...Read more

Tour of Tums

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 5:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
ARRIVE starting at 5:00 p.m. Dress: Long pants only; no shorts or dresses. Closed toed shoes. They will provide turbo toes to cover your street shoes and jump suits to cover your street clothes. Hair covers, safety glasses and hearing protection will be provided. No jewelry or make-up if possible...Read more


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
FOR REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THE MARCH MEETING IS BEING CANCELLED AND MAY BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE Speakers: John Waldrop has over 35 years of experience in aerospace materials and processing technology. Cole Maxfield has experience as a full time software engineer and has built an...Read more

History and Theory of Mist Eliminators

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5:00pm-8:30pm CST
Posted by Robert Gale
History and Theory of Mist Eliminators Speaker: Doug Azwell is a Senior Technical Service Consultant with DuPont in St. Louis. He graduated in 1994 from Mississippi State University with a BSci in chemical engineering. His career has focused on the use of Brink(tm) Mist Eliminators in a wide...Read more

Financial Planning/ Investment Education

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5:00pm-8:00pm CST
Posted by Robert Gale
Steve Wisniewski, CFP®, Partner-Wealth Management of Rubin Brown LLP will speak on Financial Planning/Investment Education Steve Wisniewski is a Partner in the Wealth Advisory Services Group at RubinBrown. Steve provides financial and investment advisory services for clients. Steve comes from a...Read more

“Management of a Weighing Program”.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 5:00pm-9:00pm CST
Posted by Robert Gale
David Cirullo from Mettler-Toledo will talk about the “Management of a Weighing Program”. Introduction and Considerations for Accurate Weighing External Influences That Can Impact Accurate Measurements Life Cycle Management...Read more

Building the First “Steamship” in History

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:30pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental “steamboat,” which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York. With the success of his North River Steam Boat...Read more

St. Louis Distillery Tour

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 5:00pm-8:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
They founded St. Louis Distillery to push the envelope of artisan distilling with the intent to produce absolutely smooth, ultra-pure vodkas. Hand crafted in the heart of the Midwest, the distillers of Cardinal Sin Vodka and Cardinal Sin Starka have gone to great lengths choosing the finest...Read more

St. Louis Section Family Picnic

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 4:30pm-8:30pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
THE PICNIC HAS BEEN CANCELLED. To those who signed up, our apologies. To those who did not sign up, you would have missed a good time. Join your fellow AIChE local section members to celebrate the end of a good year with a BBQ picnic. We will cater the picnic with Bandanas BBQ (Pork and Beef),...Read more

Proctor & Gamble Plant Tour

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 5:00pm-8:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
P&G St. Louis produces nearly $1B of P&G sales in our home care business each year. We manufacture a variety of Cascade products (powders, gel, and action packs) Mr. Clean, Swiffer Wet Jet, and Febreze products. The plant itself has been in operation for just over 90 years. We employ...Read more


Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 5:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
SCIENCE! THE CHEMISTRY OF BREWING COFFEE It may sometimes seem like dark magic, but brewing a delicious cup of coffee is nothing more than conducting a chemistry experiment. Coffee expert Dan Pabst will explain the 7 Fundamental Brewing Variables and the chemical processes that go into brewing a...Read more

Homeland Security for Chemical Engineers

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 11:30am CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The BioWatch Program is an early warning system to allow for life-saving treatment to begin in a timely manner. BioWatch is a cornerstone in the Department of Homeland Security’s comprehensive strategy for countering terrorism. BioWatch monitors the air for biological agents likely to be used in a...Read more

Preventing Plant Damage

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 5:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Paolo Torrado and Marc Aydell from Engineering Inspection Services (EIS) will talk about damage mechanisms in the average chemical facility. Gain a better understanding of the most common damage mechanisms affecting chemical manufacturing facilities. Learn about: Susceptible materials and the most...Read more

Anheuser-Busch Tour

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 4:45pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Anheuser-Busch will host the St. Louis Section of AIChE for a plant tour along with members of the St. Louis Section of the International Society of Automation. The tour will include: • Research Pilot Brewery – covers brewhouse/brewkettle, fermentation, lagering, and possibly finishing. • Tasting...Read more

Mixer Sizing Basics

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:30pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
David W. Jett of Hagedorn & Gannon Co. will update the section on mixing application and the basics of mixer sizing. Agitation is a field affecting both batch and continuous processes in a variety of industries. The talk will provide a quick review of basics elements in agitation design and...Read more

St. Louis Homebrewing Competition

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:30pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Please join us for the 1st Annual St. Louis AIChE Local Homebrewing Competition! We are looking for anyone and everyone in the greater St. Louis area to join us for a night of sharing, community, and constructive feedback. Be this your first or four-hundredth brew, we’d love for you to share...Read more

Henkel Plant Tour

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
In 1876, Fritz Henkel founded his company in Aachen, Germany and marketed his first product, a universal detergent based on silicate. In 1907, Persil was launched as the world's first self-acting laundry detergent, which has been the cornerstone for Henkel's growth since then. The detergent...Read more

Fall American Filtration Conference

Monday, September 18-20, 2017, 8:00am CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The American Filtration Society (AFS) is holding its fall meeting in St. Louis. There is still time to attend this conference. Check the following link or download the flyer (below) to register: ( ). The conference...Read more

Process Simulation, Unit Ops and using CFD

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 2:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Our April meeting will feature a seminar on flowsheet simulation and various detailed design and operational options presented by Mike Mendez from 2 to 5 pm followed by an evening presentation on computational fluid dynamics systems by Jaydeep Kulkarni. Attendees will learn how to setup process...Read more

Ice Cream Specialties Tour

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Ice Cream Specialties (ICS) operates plants in St. Louis, Missouri and Lafayette, Indiana. Under the Prairie Farms Dairy North Star label, they manufacture single serve and retail packs as well as various licensed brands, private label and contract manufacturing agreements. The St. Louis, Missouri...Read more

Ronnoco Coffee Plant Tour

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Ronnoco was started by J.P. and James J. O’Connor – two brothers who experienced an innovation that changed their lives at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis – imported coffee beans roasted over a gas flame. The distinct flavor and aroma inspired the creation of the Ronnoco...Read more

New O’Fallon Brewery Tour

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:30pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Tour is limited to those over 21 years of age. The St. Louis Section will be touring the flagship brewery of one of St Louis largest and oldest craft breweries, O’Fallon Brewery. Completed at a cost of $10 million, this 40,000 sq ft brewery has a capacity of 25,000 beer barrels/year, with...Read more

Novel Energy Technologies

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5:30pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The Section has organized a program for the November meeting that features two new technologies in the energy/environmental field. The first is an enhancement to diesel engines that lowers emissions and greatly improves the efficiency of the engine. This bolt-on device allows older style engines to...Read more

Bio Bash

Friday, October 21, 2016, 4:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Come to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center for an opportunity to interact with other scientists and engineers for scientific training and mentoring. A job fair and networking will be featured. Registration is required at . For more details see this flyer, below.Read more

Reichhold Valley Park Plant Tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 4:30pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Reichhold is one of the world’s largest suppliers of unsaturated polyester resins for composites and a leading supplier of coating resins for a wide variety of markets and applications. Over the company’s 87 years history, Reichhold has grown to include 19 manufacturing sites and 5...Read more

Introduction to home brewing and tasting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Cris Hehner will give a presentation on home brewing that will cover some of the basics of making beer from kits and grains. Presentation will be followed by a tasting session. Have you ever wondered how to make beer at home, or had a yearning to make a very heavy stout in the middle of summer, but...Read more

Workshop on Aerosol Science and Engineering

Monday, May 23-25, 2016, 8:00am CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, along with colleagues from Industry has organized a Workshop on Aerosol Reaction Engineering. You are invited to attend this workshop that will be held in St. Louis May 23 to 25, 2016. Details and registration information are available at www.eece...Read more

Tour of Mallinckrodt

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Wonder what makes the plant run efficiently? Curious about how each building gets its water, nitrogen, steam, cooling and chilled water? What’s going out the central plant stack? How is the process waste handled? Come see the heart of the St. Louis plant and learn as you tour Mallinckrodt...Read more

Control Strategies to Improve Process Efficiency and Capacity

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 2:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Our April meeting will feature a seminar on control strategies presented by Greg McMillan from 2 to 5 pm followed by an evening presentation on strange but true stories from the process control world. Attendees will learn how to setup control loops to improve the performance of biological and...Read more

Introduction to SIS

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 5:45pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
SPEAKER Paul Gruhn is the Global Functional Safety Consultant with aeSolutions in Houston, Texas. Paul is an ISA (International Society of Automation) Fellow, a member of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems,...Read more

Tour of Urban Chestnut

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Please join us on a tour of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC), an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer! Founded in early 2011, it brews both small batches of artisanal, modern American beers (their Revolution series) and classically-crafted European styles (their...Read more

Wine making and tasting

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Cris Hehner will demonstrate wine making followed by a tasting session. Have you been to a winery? Ever wonder what it takes to make wine and if you have the wherewithal to do it? Here is your chance! Cris Hehner, a 40 year AIChE member and amateur wine maker, will be talking about home winemaking...Read more

Epic Systems Tour

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:30pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The November meeting will be a tour of a EPIC Systems Inc . EPIC Systems, Inc. is an experienced multi-discipline industrial engineering company and fabrication firm. They provide turnkey solutions for modular process plants and systems, integrated packaging lines, custom machine manufacturing,...Read more

Sulfuric Acid Heat Recovery System

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Don McAlister will present a talk titled “Sulfuric Acid Heat Recovery System (HRS). This will provide a summary of energy recovery work in sulfuric plants culminating in a discussion of a novel process for recovering energy from cooling high temperature sulfuric acid. Discussion of the HRS...Read more

Tour of Bissinger's factory

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Come and see first-hand the art and craft of creating Bissinger’s award-winning fine confections. The tour will highlight the company’s 350-year history, artisan techniques, and discuss the chocolate-making process and the social and environmental elements related to cocoa farming...Read more

AIChE STL YP Happy Hour this month

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4:00pm-6:00pm CDT
Posted by Robert Gale
You are invited to the AIChE Local Section Young (and young at heart) Professionals happy hour at Café Napoli in downtown Clayton. AIChE STL will be buying the first beer, for up to the first 25 who attend, and providing some light appetizers. Student members home for the summer or participating in...Read more

Tour of Wood River refinery

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:30pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Please join us for our May AIChE Meeting on Wednesday May 6, 2015 featuring a tour of the jointly owned Cenovus and Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery. The refinery is operated by Phillips 66. Process engineer Greg Witte will be giving us a tour featuring several of the major unit operations. Before...Read more

Focus on Pneumatic Conveying

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 2:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Our April meeting will feature a seminar on pneumatic conveying presented by three experts from 2 to 5 pm followed by an evening presentation on fans. This seminar covers theory of operations and the fundamentals of both dilute and dense phase conveying, advantages and features of the various types...Read more

Environmental Update

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 11:30am CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Join us for a special joint meeting with the Air and Waste Management Association. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will discuss the proposed opacity rule, which is a restriction of emission of visible air contaminants. This, along with the proposed lower ozone standard may have a...Read more

Alloys: The Metallurgist's Perspective

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Speaker: John P Crowe, Adjunct Professor of Metallurgy at Jefferson College. The presentation will be divided into 3 distinct sections: Overview of alloy families. Metal fabrication processes and techniques. Unique and lesser known metals and alloys Professor Crowe’s presentation is aimed at...Read more

Tour of Boeing Prologue Room

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:15pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The St Louis Section AIChE December meeting will feature a private (after hours) tour of the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room. The James S. McDonnell Prologue Room in St. Louis tells the panoramic story of a century of aviation progress from bi-planes to space travel. Scale models, paintings, and...Read more

Seminar on Corrosion Prevention and Control

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 2:00pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Don't miss this opportunity to brush up on topics of preventing and controlling corrosion in the chemical process industries. Three speakers will cover diverse topics during the afternoon: Jim Briem, Briem Engineering, “Materials Selection in the Process Industry” Jim Dooley,...Read more

Dr. Pepper Snapple Tour

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:15pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Join us for a tour of a beverage factory. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s brand heritage spans more than 200 years. Their portfolio includes more than 50 brands and hundreds of flavors of carbonated soft drinks, juices, teas, mixers, waters and other beverages. The St Louis site manufactures,...Read more

Tour of Elementis Specialties

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:45pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The St. Louis Chapter of the AIChE will be touring Elementis Specialties located near the Hill on Manchester. Elementis Specialties provides high value functional additives to many markets including architectural and industrial coatings, personal care and oilfield drilling. These additives improve...Read more

Laclede Gas' Cast Iron Main Replacement Program

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
You have probably seen the “work in progress” throughout the city. If you’ve been wondering what’s going on, please join us for the May meeting of the St. Louis AIChE Chapter! Central crew members Chris Niemann (running the mini excavator) and Vince Dilg (locating utilities...Read more

Focus on Drying Seminar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00pm-9:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Our April meeting will focus on drying technology with a seminar presented by Karl Jacob from 2 to 5 pm. This seminar covers drying fundamentals (equilibrium, psychrometry, kinetics and drying mechanisms), advantages and features of various types of drying equipment (primarily layer and dispersive...Read more

Tour of Herbaria Soap Factory

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
CHANGE – March meeting. Unfortunately, we will have to postpone the tour of Reliable Biopharmaceutical Corporation until a future time. Instead, we’d like to invite you to tour Herbaria, a natural soap manufacturer on the same date, March 27. Herbaria manufactures soap using the cold...Read more

Tour of Quality Testing Services

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 5:30pm CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
The St. Louis Chapter of the AIChE will be touring Quality Testing Services Inc. located in Maryland Heights, MO. Quality Testing services the Greater St. Louis area to meet customer needs for nondestructive testing, a variety of E&I calibration services, specialized training and consulting...Read more

2013 December Meeting

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:00am CST
Posted by Tom Blackwood
What better way to celebrate the holidays than to tour a candy factory? And who doesn’t like CHOCOLATE??? Join us on Saturday morning, December 7th, as we tour the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company on “the Hill”. It all started with ONE retail store, a candy stove and a young...Read more

October Tour

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 4:15pm-6:00pm CDT
Posted by Tom Blackwood
Monsanto traits under the GenuityTM brand help growers increase yields by providing herbicide tolerance, insect protection, weather protection, improved utilization of nutrients and increased vigor. Monsanto uses state-of-the art methods in biotechnology and breeding to deliver improved seed...Read more