August 4th - First Friday Networking Lunch | AIChE

August 4th - First Friday Networking Lunch

Friday, August 4, 2017,
11:30am to 1:00pm
In-Person / Local
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079
United States

Today’s job market is tough.  Employers are seeking to reduce costs and want employees to hit the ground running.  Job openings not only ask for experience but employers also want you to demonstrate specific skills to “prove” you can do the job.  Many jobs require certification or licensing in order to even apply for the opening. Join us on August 4th when Teresa Jurgens-Kowal will talk about Navigating the Certification Maze:  Which One is Right for Me?

Certification is growing rapidly as a way to demonstrate knowledge, experience, and education.  Yet, there are so many options!  In this presentation, you will learn about a variety of desirable certifications available for engineers to demonstrate knowledge and experience.  These include Project Management Professional (PMP©), New Product Development Professional (NPDP), Professional Engineering Manager (PEM), Scrum Master, and Six Sigma (Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt).  Marketing and sales certifications are also available for engineers that want to enter a business role.  Of course, all engineers should consider FE and PE licensing.  It’s a mine field, so we’ll break it down for you to choose the right certification based on your experience and career goals.

August's networking lunch will be held on Friday, August 4th from 11:30AM - 1:00PM at the Café on the Lake in the Omni Hotel at Westside (13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079).  The Café lunch menu ranges from $8 to $15, and the South Texas Section will subsidize this event by $5 per attendee.  

This is a networking event to bring together engineers who are seeking to improve their employment situation, with experienced industry management and professionals.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  

Teresa is the president of Global NP Solutions consulting in innovation best practices. is our sister website offering diverse on-line and face-to-face certification and PDH (professional development hour) training courses.  Teresa has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from West Texas A&M University.  She has over 20 years of experience working in the petrochemical industry and teaching at the college/university level.  She has a passion for lifelong learning and can be reached at or 281-280-8717.  In her free time, Teresa enjoys scrapbooking and bicycling.