Next Dinner Meeting - Monday, Oct. 21st at the Pfizer Building (Venue) (Reserve Now) Download latest flyer. Final days to reserve. Reservations close on Thursday, 10/17 at 4 pm ET.

Date: Monday, Oct. 21st. Topic: Consulting as an Expert Witness. Speaker: David M. Manuta, Ph.D., FAIC, Founder and Principal, Manuta Chemical Consulting, Inc. and President, Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers (ACC&CE). Venue: Pfizer HQ Building, 235 East 42nd Street, Manhattan.

A Busy month of October: • 10/20 ACS National Chemistry Week event. • 10/21 Dinner Meeting at Pfizer Bldg. • 10/22-10/24 Chem Show. • 10/24 AIChE, Metro NY Career Day at the Chem Show. Details here for 10/20 and 10/24 events, including target audience, registrations, and fees.

Oct19 Calendar


Next Meeting: Monday, October 21st - AIChE Metro NY Section’s October Dinner Meeting at the Pfizer Building. Venue.

Topic: Consulting as an Expert Witness.

Speaker: David M. Manuta, Ph.D., FAIC, Founder and Principal, Manuta Chemical Consulting, Inc. and President, Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers (ACC&CE). His ACC&CE Profile.

Abstract: Our October Speaker, Dr. David Manuta, is a Chemical Consultant, who specializes as an Expert Witness, testifying in court cases that may turn on independent analysis of scientific evidence. Expert Witnesses help make sense of evidence, or determine another fact at issue in the case. In court, an expert witness must be called to present scientific, technical, or other specialized information. Using the scientific method, their testimony will be based on sufficient facts or data, backed by industry standard science, and use of their technical skills and knowledge to reliably and honestly apply these methods to the facts of a case.

Dr. Manuta will discuss how first to become a Consultant, and the right steps to make to being a successful sole proprietor or a consulting team of experts. He will tell us what technical and business skills you need to develop, and how to specialize in a specific field, gathering the right certifications, choosing the right market, and how to do the necessary networking to reach the right people. He will also examine the path to becoming an Expert Witness, and share some actual court case histories, where his technical insights turned the decision that helped his clients.

Who Should Attend: Certainly, anybody considering a future career as a consultant, especially if they are a skilled expert in a specific narrow niche of technology. However, although you may never testify in court, your expert opinion is still very important to your work team and your managers, even if they are technically trained. For instance, you may be the distillation expert or the crystallization guru (or, even, the Excel software pundit) in your firm. For that reason, you should attend to hear how to best get your thoughts and opinions across to guide team decisions and improve your career opportunities.

Times: Monday, October 21st. (5:30-6:30 pm: Registration, Networking & Buffet Dinner; 6:30-7:30 pm: Program). Reserve now.

Venue: Pfizer HQ Building, 235 East 42nd Street, Manhattan. Map.

Deadlines to register: Registration ends on Thursday, 10/17 at 4 pm ET. Reserve Now. Student Registration.

Fees and Deadlines: varies by professional category, and for the students.

Members and Guests:
Members of the Local Section $25.
Guests and Non-Members: $40 (includes local section membership for 2019-20).
Note: PDH credits (when offered): an addit. $10.

Students: Undergraduates - free Seating is limited, but please register now. How to Register.

Graduate Students: $10. Please pay now. (Please also register after paying by credit card.)

Questions: Contact David Deutsch at or call (917) 684-1659.

Save the Dates: 2019-20 Meeting Dates  

• 2019 Special Events

Sunday, 10/20 AIChE, Metro NY to participate at the local ACS National Chemistry Week Event at the NY Hall of Science.

Thursday, 10/24 (Career Day at the Chem Show) at Jacob Javits Center.
Details. (Note: The date previously listed was Wednesday, 10/23.)

• 2019-20 Dinner Meetings at the Pfizer Building

Monday, Nov. 18th - Topic: Mastering Office Communication - How to Communicate Any Message to Anyone. Speaker: Vandad Pourbahrami, Business Consultant, Humor That Works.

Monday, Dec. 16th - Topic & Speaker: To be determined.

January - February (due to National Holidays, 3rd Tuesdays)
1/21; and, 2/18.

March - June (3rd Monday of each month) 3/16; 4/20; 5/18; and, 6/15.

: Contact David Deutsch at or call (917) 684-1659.
Other Past Presentations are available for download:

September 2018 on From Laboratory Research to Startup Company - A Case History (Commercialization of the Rechargeable Manganese Dioxide - Zinc Alkaline Battery Chemistry).

Speaker: • Dr. Alexander Couzis, Chief Technology Officer at Urban Electric Power. Also, Professor of Chemical Engineering at CCNY's (City College of New York) Grove School of Engineering.

March 2018 on Refineries Refineries - Impact of Hurricanes Harvey & Maria, Flood Vulnerability and Mitigation Techniques, and Digital Technology Changes Coming Down the Pike.

Speakers: • Richard K. Ladroga, P.E., Director – Energy at DeSimone Consulting Engineers andLeonardo P. Garzon, P.E., Director at DeSimone Consulting Engineers.

May 2017 on Process Safety Education Using Simulators.

Speakers: Dr. Robert G. Bozic, Columbia University. • Don Glaser, President, & Matthew Garvey, Project Engineer, Simulation Solutions, Inc.
You & Your Chemical Engineering Career
A note of interest to Young Professionals, as well as those who soon will be embarking on a Chem. Engineering Career. You and Your Chemical Engineering Career: The Next Steps is some advice and thoughts from Past local Section Chair Herbert W. Cooper.

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