2022 Chair-Elect Election - Ends September 2, 2021

The AIChE Executive Committee has decided to hold the election for 2021 Chair-Elect early this year, and separate from the other officer elections. The Bylaws do not dictate a single election for all open 2021 ExCom positions. The Chair Elect election will run through September 2nd, 2021.  The other three elections will then commence and run through October 1.   Thank you for your help and your participation.

To be eligible to vote, you must be an active member and have paid your AIChE and STS-AIChE dues for 2020. Please have your membership number available to complete the ballot. Your membership number will serve as your personal identification number. You may obtain your member information by accessing your member account on the AIChE website ( or you may call the AIChE Customer Service tollfree at (800) 242-4363. Your membership number was also included in a recent email sent by AIChE to renew your 2021 membership. *Reminder to pay local section dues when paying national dues!  We will only have online voting this year. You may cast your ballot electronically by following the link supplied below and in an e-mail that will be sent out. 

Voting Link

2022 Chair Elect (2023 Chair and 2024 Past Chair)

  • Candidate 1: ANDREAS N. MATZAKOS, Ph.D.
  • Candidate 2: JOSEPH A. HERNANDEZ, EIT

Candidate 1: ANDREAS N. MATZAKOS, Ph.D


Andreas Matzakos is a recognized industry leader with strong drive on R&D program management, product development and novel technology deployment in Energy and Chemicals R&D. He has twenty nine years experience in Process Development and Engineering, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Upstream/Downstream Facilities. Senior AIChE and South Texas Section member. Proven track record in process modeling, optimization and design of Specialty Chemicals, Gas Conversion, Fuel Decarbonization, Improved Oil Recovery, and Water Treatment plants. Passion for safety, health, environment, sustainability and transition to decarbonized energy sources. He currently works as Project Leader for Shell Technology in Houston, Texas.

Past activities with AIChE and the engineering community include:

• Shell representative to AIChE RAPID Institute (2 projects) 2020-21

• Outstanding Young Member of STS AIChE 1996

• Organizer of the best paper evaluation committee for AIChE STS 1994, ‘95, ‘98

• Session Chair at various AIChE Annual and Spring meetings

• Presenter at national AIChE meetings and STS dinner meetings

• Outreach with STS and Shell in elementary school science demos

• Judge in AIChE RAPID internship presentations 2020-21

• Rice adjunct professor in ChBE 2004-15

• Student mentor and judge at Rice Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen showcases

Education: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1992 from Rice University, Houston, Texas

Diploma of Chemical Engineering in 1987 from National Technical University, Athens, Greece

PUBLICATIONS: Presentations at energy industry engineering conferences, like SPE, AIChE, National Hydrogen Association, Int’l Conf. on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors, etc.

Nine US patents awarded.


Subject Matter Expert (SME), Waterflood Facilities, Shell E&P Inc., 2016-2018

Technical Classification Expert (TCE) for Shell Export Control, 2013-2018

Adjunct Professor, Dept. Ch. & Bio Eng., Rice University, Houston, TX, 2004-15

Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1999-today

Outstanding Young Member award, AIChE South Texas Section, 1996

Champions of Quality award, Shell Chemical Company, 1996

Team Excellence Awards, Westhollow Technology Center, 1994, 1995 & 1997


Our profession and the industry are undergoing a lot of change, bringing opportunities to pivot and adapt

for the service of our members and the wider engineering community.

• Corporate reorganizations and layoffs create the need to retrain and redirect talent to new industries and services. AIChE STS has long been the home of chemical engineers. I will continue to support STS programs that provide workshops, training courses and networking events, with a focus on the transition in our industries.

• The energy transition demands a change on how we produce and consume energy. We can tailor dinner topics, technology reviews, SPTC programming and training workshops to educate the graduating, practicing and unemployed engineers to position for new project demands.

• Social inequality brings the challenge of encouraging minority and underrepresented talent to take leadership roles and inspire the new graduates to STEM careers and business models.

• The interconnected and multidisciplinary market requires connection to other professional engineering and scientific societies. We will work to hold joint sessions with them through the Engineering, Science and Technology Council of Houston, Society of Petroleum Engineers and American Chemical Society local sections to leverage resources and maximize reach.

• The digital world challenges us to improve the way we communicate and serve content to our members. We will revamp and intensify our digital presence with new tools and services to improve community engagement (Webcasts, Website, LinkedIn, YouTube, AICHE Engage, etc.).

• Partnerships with Government and Corporate organizations. The modern problems can only be solved with cross-sector and cross-function collaboration. We will connect with the City of Houston and Harris County to help with dissemination and engineering solutions to their jobs, climate and resiliency plans. We will invite corporations to sponsor workshops and conferences that tailor to their challenges and foster cross-industry and cross-function projects.




Mr. Joseph A. Hernandez is a Process Engineer at Burns & McDonnell (BMcD) with 3 years of experience in the Oil, Gas, and Chemicals (OGC) EPC industry. He has consulted on midstream, downstream, chemicals, and renewable engineering projects, and is driven to design safe, sustainable, and impactful projects for his clients. Joseph has also recruited engineers at Texas A&M University’s Career Fair and presented to the AIChE Texas A&M Chapter. He has developed internal training modules for entry-level process engineers.


Joseph earned his BS (2017) and MS (2018) in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station. His minors are Business Administration and Chemistry. His thesis was on Social, Safety, and Sustainable Process Selection Approach for On-Purpose Propylene Production. Joseph’s graduate elective focused on process safety, energy management, green chemistry and polymer engineering. He currently has his Engineer-In-Training (EIT) license and plans to apply for his Professional Engineer (PE) license in July 2021.

AIChE Involvement

Joseph has been an AIChE Member since 2017. He presented at an AIChE conference in 2019 and has published two papers  in AIChE’s Chemical Engineering Process (CEP) journal. The topics were Cultivate a Fertile Network (Nov. 2019 Issue) and Gen Z Join the Team (May 2020 Issue). Notably, Joseph has spent the last two years scribing Executive Committee meeting minutes as Secretary for AIChE-STS. He has strong relationships with the current Executive Committee.

Leadership & Honors

• 2020-Present: Secretary for AIChE-STS Local Section

• 2018-Present: BMcD Houston OGC Giveback Committee Chair for 200 employee owners

• 2017-2018: Teaching Assistant for Thermodynamics, Fluid Ops, Controls, & Unit Ops (10-100 students per class)

• 2016-2017: Senior Resident Advisor for 16 resident advisors and 600+ student residents

• 2015-2017: President of the Residence Hall Staff Council for ~150 resident advisors

• 2015-2016: President of the National Residence Hall Honorary for 40 members

• 2012: Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award presented by the Mayor of Houston, TX

Community Service

Joseph enjoys giving back to others. He has coordinated and executed 8 volunteer events for Burns & McDonnell totaling over 250 manhours. He has fundraised for non-profits, such as Junior Achievement and Kids’ Meals, Inc., and has dedicated over 500 volunteer hours in his personal life.

Chair Goals

• Encourage, diversify, and grow active participation in AIChE-STS

• Strengthen relationships and connections between AIChE-STS members

• Increase marketing and communication of AIChE-STS events via meetings, emails, and social media

• Increase opportunities for professional development and education of AIChE-STS members

• Collaborate with other professional societies (e.g., SPE, ASME, etc.) on networking and events

Joseph A. Hernande z, EIT (TX) | Burns & McDonnell


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