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2019 Election - Nominations

Treasurer

Candidate 1: Yurika Díaz Bialowas

Yurika Díaz Bialowas is a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Chemstations Inc, where she troubleshoots simulations using CHEMCAD Suite software, provides support to clients’ needs regarding engineering principals, process simulation, heat transfer, thermodynamics, installation and licensing. Yurika earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She has been an active member of AIChE since 2009.

Yurika is the current STS-AIChE Treasurer, through her term she has work closely with all board committee members and listening to STS members concerns and requests. Through the past two years, she has implemented changes, a few of her accomplishment are listed below.

·         Updated the registration system to an online and onsite system that makes registration easier. Our members and guest may enter their information and select a form of payment with ease.

·         Implemented a new internal invoice system which makes it easier to track income and expenses, our vendors are invoiced via email, this minimizes paper and assures that the correct vendor has received the invoice.

·         Worked along with the Chair and Chair Elect to select suitable venue locations to cater all members across the Houston area.

If elected, I would like to continue being of help and work closely together with every board member; I would like to continue addressing the logistic hurdles for events so that board members may continue their focus in obtaining sponsorship, speakers, and special events guests. I will continue to promote transparency across all committees, continue to strive for excellence, and manage STS-AIChE budget with the utmost care.

It has been a pleasure working with every member of the board and to serve STS-AIChE members through the past two years. I look forward to continuing to serve and represent STS-AIChE.

Candidate 2: David Silarski

During the twenty plus years that I have been active in the South Texas Section of AIChE, my main concern has been the needs of its members.  This is a huge challenge due to the diversity of the Section’s membership and the large geographical area that the Section covers.  Much has been done to fulfill the STS members’ needs:  CEO, Young Members & Regional Meetings, Safety Symposiums, professional development programs including workshops and technical symposiums, website, and electronic newsletters.   I want to continue improving the activities of the section, including better communication and organization, while being mindful of the cost - benefit relationships.  The goal is to make the South Texas Section more relevant to the membership and recruit new graduates. 

I am a Lifetime Member of AIChE and have been active as your 2008 Chair.  I wish to continue my guidance as your Treasurer.  I was active in the local section in Philadelphia and Corpus Christi before moving to Houston.   During my years in the South Texas section, I have served as 2008 Chair, co-founder of SPTC, was monthly meeting door-person, Spring National Meeting General Arrangements Committee Chair, Regional and Young Member Committee Chair, Process Forum meeting Organizer and now Co-Chair for the Diamond Jubilee as well as current STS local Membership Chair.  Now, having more schedule flexibility, I can again devote more time to the Section and I would be honored to represent the section as treasurer for 2019.   

I have Bachelor and Masters of Chemical Engineering degrees from the Purdue University.  I have been employed by several refining, petrochemical, and chemical companies.  I am a founder and past Vice-President of the Gulf Coast GTOs, was Treasurer of Houston Purdue University Alumni Club and past treasurer of the Gulf Coast Tau Beta Pi Alumni chapter.  I am also a Registered Professional Engineer.