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The last meetings in 2020 is a JOINT meetings with the American Chemical Society. It will include an in-person meeting and a Zoom Platform as well.

We plan to hold meetings during the second week of  January, February, March, April & May, 2021.  We are hopeful that these will include one, if not two, plant tours.

In February, 2021, we will award a small scholarship to rising seniors at Clemson University.  Applications will be accepted between December 1, 2020 and January 15, 2021.

We will keep this site updated as plans come together!

Presentations

See all past presentations.

Upcoming Events

Joint Meeting - ACS

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 6:00pm-9:00pm EST
Posted by Constanze Walker
American Chemistry Society presents Jeff DiMaio, CEO Tetramer Technolgies is navigating the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic by shifting manufacturing focus on hand sanitizer. Jeff DiMaio will speak on this topic in-person on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Runway Cafe in Greenville,...Read more

Past Events

Joint Meeting - Clemson - Virtual

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6:00pm-9:15pm EDT
Posted by Constanze Walker
Virtual meeting format: 6:30PM Meeting opens for on-line chat and socializing; 7:00 PM Presentation ZOOM Meeting Link The purpose of this meeting is to connect working engineers and students in the area while augmenting our virtual networking skills. Devon Clymer, a 2013 graduate of the Georgia...Read more

Wine a Bit: You'll Feel Better!

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 6:00pm-9:00pm EDT
Posted by Constanze Walker
The Chemistry of Wine Making This event was a success - with 28 in-person attendees and ZOOM audience included. Partners (wives, husbands) were welcome at this social event and presentation. Attendance was limited to accomodate social distancing guidelines- 1/4 capacity - RSVP required . Event was...Read more

Filtration Technologies - Design and Sizing Fundamentals

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Michael Loberger of 3M's Separation & Purification Division will walk us through the fundamentals of filtration technologies, and how they affect the application and sizing for your process - stay tuned for details! 6 PM: Come meet other chemical engineers in the area! 6:30 PM: Catered Dinner (...Read more

Tips and Tricks using BlueBeam Software in Engineering Projects

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:00pm-8:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Terry Brown has been in the engineering design business since pencil was put on vellum. Changes from manual drafting to using Microstation and AutoCAD still required printed drawings and hand markups. Printing to Adobe Acrobat’s PDF file format made it easier to transmit the files, but did not...Read more

Carbon Fiber - Chemical Engineering on (a) String

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
The Solvay plant located in Piedmont, SC was the first PAN Based Carbon fiber plant in the United States. The plant was formerly operated by Union Carbide, Amoco, BP Amoco and Cytec. Ben Walker will share his 38 years of experience with carbon fiber production. He has experience in...Read more

Professional Engineering Licensure

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
David Cox, CEO of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) will present on the uses of Professional Engineering (PE) licensure in chemical engineering career fields. “The new headquarters (in Greenville) will provide a better position for the growth of the...Read more

Mixing Technology Fundamentals

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Mixers are ubiquitous in chemical plants, and often taken for granted. Do you know the best mixer design for your application, or how its design affects the performance of your process? New product processes present challenges in heat transfer, mass transfer, and other challenging process kinetics...Read more

May 2019 Social

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
We are wrapping up the 2018-2019 season with a brewery tour and tasting session. Come meet other area chemical engineers, and relax after the workday! The tasting (three samples) and tour will be free to AIChE members and non-members. After the tour, join us for a meal at Thomas Creek's grill...Read more

April 2019 Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
The new tax law lowered taxes for most taxpayers. However, it also changed the way many taxpayers should approach their annual tax planning. Doubling the standard deduction was very helpful, but should also cause you to think differently about the way you pay your property taxes, contributions, and...Read more

March 2019 Meeting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
The convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) platforms has exposed modern industrial control systems to increased risk. Cyber threats have the potential to affect multiple layers of protection, including basic process control, process alarms and safety instrumented...Read more

October 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Bob Jones of Fulcrum Bioenergy will present tips and and tricks to perform useful analysis of large data sets in Microsoft Excel. The meeting will take place in Room 124 of Earle Hall, the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering building. Come join us at 6 PM to meet other chemical engineers in the...Read more

September 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Pam Jordan will present “Pulp & Paper – We Use ChEs, Too”, an overview of unit operations in the kraft pulping and chemical recovery processes as well as current business trends in the pulp and paper industry. We all use various types of paper every day, but even as chemical engineers, how...Read more

May 2018 Social

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2:00pm-5:00pm EDT
Posted by Constanze Walker
This event will be on a Saturday afternoon and requires an advance purchase through the Eventbrite website. Tours are limited to 15 people - if more people would like to attend then we will add additional tour groups. Please sign up direclty through the Eventbrite website. (Click on the link...Read more

April 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Constanze Walker
Local Chapter Meeting with social, dinner and presentation by Don Gurney "Renewables Effect on the Drive to Make the Electric Grid Sustainable" The talk will discuss the impact of Wind and Solar in evolving Lithium-ion Batteries from Electric Vehicles cars to performing peaking service for the...Read more

February 2018 Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm EST
Posted by Constanze Walker
Clemson University to provide speaker and topic. One thiird yearr Clemson student will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to encourage them to stay in the program and complete their senior year.Read more

Advances in real-time trace gas analysis: SIFT-MS

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:00pm-9:00pm EST
Posted by Constanze Walker
Advances in real-time trace gas analysis: How SIFT-MS is disrupting the analytical industry This month, we will, once again, be having a joint meeting with the American Chemical Society. The presentation will focus on the real-time, high-sensitivity, direct sampling technique called Selected Ion...Read more

October 2016 Meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
This month, we will be meeting with the Clemson University AIChE chapter at the Clemson University campus. The format will be a panel discussion to share knowledge and experience about making the most of your chemical engineering career. Some of the topics covered will include: • Benefits of...Read more

Project Management

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Trends reported by industry suggest capital project delivery is sub-par and not improving, despite an intensive focus on execution. Fewer projects meet original goals, business intent, or within budget. In the United States alone, this less than optimal performance costs organizations billions of...Read more

March 2016 Meeting

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
We will be hosting a speaker from BS&B Safety Systems. BS&B developed the first rupture disk in 1931, and is based in Tulsa, OK. The presentation will cover different rupture disc designs, their applications, and a demonstration of rupture disks in action! Venue information will be posted...Read more

February 2016 Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Our speaker will be Eric Davis, and Assistant Professor for the Chemical and Biomecular Engineering Program at Clemson University. The presentation is titled Using Indentation to Quantify Transport Properties of Nanophase‐Segregated Polymer Thin Films. We will also be presenting the WSC AIChE...Read more

January 2016 Meeting

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
This month's meeting will be held at the Mitsubishi Plant! We will be hearing from our own Karl McCaleb. Please come and join us and learn about the history and all that Mitsubishi has to offer. Mitsubishi is one of the largest suppliers of polyester film in the world. 6:00 - Social and check-...Read more

November 2015 Meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
This months meeting will be held at the Swagelok Plant! Our topic for the evening is Swagelok 101. We will be hearing from Rob Shutler. Please come and join us and learn about all the possibilities Swagelok can offer. Swagelok is a leader of fluid system technologies. Please visit their website...Read more

October 2015 Meeting

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
We will meet again on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 in Clemson, SC. This months meeting will be held by the AIChE chapter at Clemson. Bob Jones will be speaking on Excel Spreadsheets. Some refer to him as an Excel Ninja. He's entertaining and I'm sure everyone will be able to get something...Read more

September 2015 Meeting

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
We kick off our 2015-2016 meeting season by hosting Marty Milne, Executive Recruiter at Pinpoint Solutions, and Dahlia Rehg, Vice President at the Kidder Group. Both speakers have extensive experience working in the chemical industry, and recruiting engineering talent for positions ranging from...Read more

Plant Tour - Fowler Associates, Inc.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:00pm EDT
Posted by Kayla Murdaugh
Fowler Associates provides consulting, testing, training and forensics for the electrical, radiation and electrostatics industries. After a tour of the facilities, a presentation will be given on various aspects of their work in ionizing radiation and electrostatics including fires and explosions...Read more

March 2015 Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Kayla Murdaugh
This month, Paul Dunbar, of O'Neal Inc., will discuss the role oil analysis on industrial and military machine maintenance. By combining knowledge from technical fields such as chemistry and materials science, engineers who perform oil analysis can save billions of dollars reducing maintenance...Read more

STEMFest: For the love of Engineering

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 9:00am-1:00pm EST
Posted by Kayla Murdaugh
Roper Mountain Science Center will be hosting STEMFest for its 2nd Saturday activity this month in honor of Engineering week. Local businesses, organizations, and STEM partners will be sponsoring an assortment of engineering and science related activities for the whole family to enjoy! Tickets are...Read more

February Meeting: Advanced Simulation and Optimization Techniques

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00pm-8:30pm EST
Posted by Kayla Murdaugh
This month, Dr. Joseph Scott, assistant professor at Clemson University, will discuss his research in advanced simulation and optimization as related to process design and energy systems engineering. Clemson University's student chapter of AIChE will attend as well. February 2015 Newslette r We...Read more

January Meeting: Layers of Protection Analysis

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:00pm-8:30pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
This month Bruce Stevens, senior process engineer and staff consultant at AMEC Foster Wheeler International and Consulting, will discuss Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA). LOPA is a tool which assesses and identifies gaps in the adequacy of safeguards. Bruce will present the LOPA process and...Read more

November Meeting: Statistical Process Control

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
This month we welcome Frank Tappen, director of North American sales for DataNet QS. Frank will present on how statistical process control (SPC) software can be used to improve product quality, reduce process variation, and optimize manufacturing processes.Read more

October Meeting: Producing Fischer-Tropsch Liquids from Municipal Solid Waste

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
October is our annual meeting with the Clemson Student Chapter of AIChE at Clemson University We welcome Lee Rich, Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Fulcrum BioEnergy. Lee will present about a process tested and proven by Fulcrum that uses thermochemical processing to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into Fischer-Tropsch liquids.Read more

2014-2015 Kick-off Meeting: Process Safety Management

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm EDT
Posted by Constanze Walker
We welcome Kathy Shell, CEO of aeSolutions, who will present an overview of Process Safety Management, regulatory drivers from OSHA and the EPA, and the value of integrating in into the business model for industrial manufacturers. She will share the challenges that chemical producers are facing, and a number of the best practices that are evolving.Read more

May Meeting: Social at Roper Mountain Science Center

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Our next meeting is a family social event to be held at the Roper Mountain Science Center Planetarium. We will be serving Bucky's Barbecue. Paid members and the members of their immediate family are free of charge. Guests are asked to cover the cost of the dinner - $8.50 per person. RSVP's Required for dinner.Read more

April Meeting: Plant Tour - Ashland, Inc.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
April 2014 Newsletter Ashland Inc. is a global specialty chemical company that provides products, services and solutions throughout a variety of industries. The company operates in 100 countries and is headquartered in Covington, KY. The Piedmont Plant makes water-based pressure sensitive adhesives...Read more

Greenville County Science Fair

Monday, March 24, 2014, 9:00am EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Our section will continue to assist in judging student projects and providing monetary awards at the South Carolina Regional Science & Engineering Fair in 2014. Please contact Conny Walker, at sec@wscaiche.org if your company is interested in sponsoring judges or special awards for this...Read more

March Meeting: Plant Tour - FUJIFILM Water Recycling System

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
March 2014 Newsletter FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, established in 1988, is putting a new Recycle Water System into service. Come join us on the tour of this process! Mark Franke, Manager of the Central Technical Engineering group at Fujifilm, will be speaking about the project as part of a tour of...Read more

Date Changed for February Meeting!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:00pm-8:00pm EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Clemson University Professor Dr. Sarupria will give a brief introduction to molecular modeling and computer simulations and provide some examples of how these can provide fundamental insights into materials properties. She will talk about two projects, the first indicating how simulations can help...Read more

January Meeting: Horsehead Metal Products

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 9:00am EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
In Mooresboro, NC, commissioning crews are preparing to bring a new $490 million Zinc production facility to life. Come join us at our next meeting to hear Kendall Oliphant, Senior Process Engineer at Horsehead, present an overview of the operation strategies and technology that will be implemented...Read more

November Meeting: Development of a Non-Pneumatic Wheel

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:00am EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
A non-pneumatic wheel or Tweel®, meaning the integration of the tire and wheel, is a recent invention of engineers at Michelin Research in Greenville, SC. This talk examines the characteristics of the pneumatic tire that have made it so successful and unchallenged for the last 125 years. A non-...Read more

September Meeting: Renewables – Some Facts about Wind and Solar

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:00am EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Don Gurney will discuss renewable energy, covering primarily solar and wind. He will include information on recent cost facts that are not being addressed by the media and other sources. Don will use his energy bill in cents per kilowatt-hour, to illustrate the typical costs U.S. consumers are...Read more

May Meeting: Social at Roper Mountain Science Center

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9:00am EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Join us this Thursday at Roper Mountain Science Center for our annual social. Following a meal, you will be able to discover RMSC’s Marine lab: “The Marine Lab is focal point for all things oceanic. It housed six large aquaria and a beautiful “tide pool” tank where visitors...Read more

April Meeting: Plant Tour of BASF Corporation

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:00am EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
Join us for this year’s plant tour to BASF’s facility in Seneca, SC. BASF is the world's largest chemical company. The BASF Seneca site produces chemical catalysts, zeolites, catalytic converter materials, and recycles precious metals. Approximately 300 employees work at the site...Read more

March Meeting: “Overview of the HELCO Gas Turbine Power Plant Project Upgrade for Hawaii Electric Light Co, Inc., Keahole Plant”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 9:00am EDT
Posted by Jacob Lindler
General Topic Synopsis Mustang Automation and Control (MAC), a business unit of Wood Group Mustang, Inc. is the largest control systems integrator company in the world. Their project history began in 1996 focusing on refining, chemicals and oil and gas. They have successfully completed some of the...Read more

January Meeting: “Hot Topics in R&D at Milliken & Company”

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 9:00am EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
General Topic Synopsis This is a joint meeting with the Western Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Milliken & Company is one of the largest privately held textile and chemical companies in the world as well as an international manufacturer of a broad range of chemicals,...Read more

November Meeting: “Project Risk Management"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 9:00am EST
Posted by Jacob Lindler
General Topic Synopsis There are many variables that play a role in either the success or failure of a project. Early risk assessment and the development and implementation of risk mitigation strategies play an important role in a project’s success. This presentation will discuss the sources...Read more