Next Dinner Meeting - Tuesday, Jan. 21st at the Pfizer Building (Venue) (Reserve Now) Download latest flyer.

Topic: Rethinking Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

Speaker: Valentin Tarasenko, Director, Process Engineering & Innovation Coach at Pfizer Inc.

Abstract: Portable. Continuous. Miniature. Modular. This is PCMM, a first-of-a-kind modular drug manufacturing facility that allows Pfizer to accelerate the manufacturing of medicines and make them available to patients faster, shortening the process from weeks to minutes. The concept was a 2016 Award Winner for Equipment Innovation from the ISPE (International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering).

The "nuts and bolts" of the technology will be explained by our January Speaker, Valentin Tarasenko, who spoke to us three years ago about Innovation, in general. Pfizer has expanded the current PCMM operation to enable continuous tablet coating, via GEA's Consigma tableting line technology and G-CON Manufacturing Inc.'s POD modules. The existing POD design was modified, and a new coating wing was added to enable continuous manufacturing at 5-30 kg/hr of powders to coated tablets, in a very compact space and operation.

Bio: Valentin Tarasenko is a Chemical Engineer, holding Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. He is an active AIChE member, and has been since 1978.

At Pfizer Inc, his current role is as a Director, providing process engineering support, and an active innovation coach. In 2014, he was awarded “Innovation Coach of the Year” by his fellow coaches and manufacturing leadership Teams. His motto is: “I like to see people light up once they see a solution”

Times: Tuesday, January 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, 1/16 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, but Seating is limited, so please register now. How to Register.

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

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

Save the Dates: 2020 Meeting Dates  

• 2020 Dinner Meetings at the Pfizer Building

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.

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

• MESC 2020 Engineers Week Event

Thursday, February 13th Dinner at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant.

Topic: From Moonwalks to Spaceplanes - A History of the Space Shuttle. Download Flyer.

Keynote Speaker: Burton Dicht, CAE, Director, Student & Academic Education Programs, IEEE

Reservations required for Dinner (Deadline: Friday, 2/7). Cost: $50.

Registration: 5:30 pm; 6 pm Buffet Dinner; 7 pm Welcome & Introductions. (Public may attend the lecture only at no charge.) For additional information, please contact Wasyl Kinach, P.E., MESC Chair at, or phone: (212) 669-2203.

MESC is the Metropolitan Engineering Societies Council, and AIChE, Metro NY Section is a member of MESC.
Other Past Presentations are available for download:

November 2018 on Emergence of the 'Me' Enterprise - A Blueprint for Leadership in the 21st Century.

: Ashok Shah is a former President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Global Professional Services organization. Download Presentation.

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

: • 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. Download Presentation.

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

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

May 2017 on Process Safety Education Using Simulators.

: • Dr. Robert G. Bozic, Columbia University andDon Glaser, President, & Matthew Garvey, Project Engineer, Simulation Solutions, Inc.
You & Your Chemical Engineering Career Link.
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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