CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Process Networking Forum

As many of you may know, STS organizes two professional networking meetings (11:30 am – 1 pm) on every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month – one on the west side of Houston and one on the east side.  The intent is provide an opportunity for members and prospective new members to enlarge their circle of professional contacts, which can boost their career prospects:

  • Exchange information informally about possible solutions to technical problems at the plant or with respect to design methods/calculations
  • Confidential sounding board among colleagues to tackle “political” issues at work
  • Raise awareness of potential employment opportunities (usually non-advertised)
  • Develop friendships that can potentially lead to a future business relationship

The west side meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month, and are being coordinated this year by Fabian Solberg.  He needs a volunteer to serve as backup.

The east side meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of each month, and we need two volunteers – one primary coordinator and one backup.

On a temporary basis, the east side meeting s are being coordinated by two of the board members, until volunteers can be found.  Unless at last one volunteer comes forward, we may be forced to discontinue further meetings after April.  The job involves just a few simple requirements:

  1. Arrange/schedule interesting speakers for each event (~1 hr long), preferably well in advance.  Suggested topics =technological advances, career related tips, process safety, regulatory compliance, etc. The HR director will assist indentifying potential speakers.
  2. Obtain a copy of the speaker’s bio, photo, and abstract of talk.  Prepare a 1-page publicity announcement in MS WordÒ, and submit to the webmaster (currently Phil Purpich) as well as to the newsletter editor (currently Aniket Patakar) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
  3. Establish contact with the venue manager(s); ensure that they are aware of the dates and times of the meetings, and that the A/V facilities required will be in place (projector, screen, pointer, conveniently located power supply).  A speaker podium is nice to have if there is space, but not essential.  The speakers normally bring their own laptop computer and power cable.
  4. Obtain the list of registrants from the webmaster (Phil Purpich).
  5. Set up a registration table and sign-in sheet, name tags (self-adhesive labels + felt-tip pens)
  6. Take a few photographs of the speaker and audience
  7. Pay the venue by checque for the room charge (if any) plus the $3/person subsidy, plus the speaker’s meal. The full amount will be reimbursed to you upon submission of the expense claim (with receipt) to the STS treasurer (currently Yurika Diaz)
  8. Submit the sign-in sheet to the HR Director along with photos, so the event can be reported in the next monthly newsletter

Volunteers are requested to contact the HR Director at, tel 281-437-5906.