Annual Meeting

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 19th - AIChE Metro’s Annual Meeting. Dinner Meeting at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant. Venue.

At the Section's Annual Meeting, we have a global leader examine the the past or future of chemical engineering and offer views of what we can expect of the field or how a chemical engineer can lead in other areas affecting the wider world. Past Topics have included: • “Is Engineering a Scientific Endeavor?” • “Great Inventions that Changed the World” • “Air Pollution Health Effects” • “What are Chemical Engineers and Why do We Need Them” • “The Future of Chemical Engineering (in 2010)”. Details.

Topic: A Diverse Career as a Chemical Engineer - A Case Study.

Chemical Engineering is a broad technical subject, and those who study it are exposed to many different means of solving problems. As a result, Chemical Engineers have an opportunity to explore a variety of career paths, and many professionals do exactly that.

In September,
Michelle Bryner, a Chemical Engineer (now Lead Engineer, Facilitation Process Manager at AIChE), will tell her story, as one case study of a diverse career.

Her journey as a chemical engineer has been full of twists and turns; this nonlinear path has provided her with opportunities to apply her chemical engineering skills and knowledge in new and different ways.

In her presentation, Michelle will take you through her career path — as a Product and Process Development Engineer, a writer for publications such as
Popular Science magazine, Senior Editor of Chemical Engineering Progress, and most recently lead strategic planner at AIChE — highlighting the aspects of chemical engineering that she used, and how her chemical engineering background gave her an advantage.

Throughout, Michelle will provide examples of her work, including leading international teams to bring Gore-Tex products to market and conducting field trials with National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska, Washington, Scotland, and South America, and to test new Gore-Tex® products; interviewing scientists for news articles; and, most recently, providing strategic planning and roadmapping services to the RAPID (Manufacturing) Institute. [RAPID = Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment]

Speaker: Michelle Bryner, Lead Engineer, Facilitation Process Manager at AIChE

Bio: Earlier this summer, Michelle transitioned roles at AIChE from Senior Editor of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) to Lead Engineer — Facilitation Process Manager, where she leads the organization’s facilitation endeavors. In this role, Michelle is working with AIChE’s RAPID Institute to develop roadmaps that will guide the institute toward meeting its vision. Through its RAPID Institute, AIChE is working with key partners to increase efficiencies and lower capital cost through rapid advancement in process intensification deployment.
Michelle started her career as a Chemical Engineer at W.L. Gore (1998–2004), where she was a Process Development Associate, and led international teams to bring Gore-Tex products to market — and conducted field trials with National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska, Washington, Scotland, and South America, to test new Gore-Tex® products.
She went back to school and earned a master’s degree in science, health, and environmental reporting from NYU, and put her journalism skills to work as an editor at
Chemical Week magazine (2006–08) and a freelance science writer for consumer science magazines and specialty publications, including Popular Science, Psychology Today, and websites,, and
In 2011, Michelle joined AIChE as a Senior Editor of
CEP, where she covered topics ranging from metamaterials (what they are and how they’re being used), to supercomputer advancements, to what’s up in biotechnology.
Michelle has a B.Ch.E. from the University of Delaware, and an M.A. in science journalism from New York University. In her free time, she trains in Muay Thai kickboxing.

Please reserve early as these events sell out. Reserve Now. Students.

Final day to reserve: Thursday, September 14th.

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Elections 2017 Results - The elections for all four of our Directors is complete. The new Directors (terms ending in September 2019) are:
• Marco Castaldi • Marc Haller • Gregory Hounsell • Roland Stefandl (incumbent)

Thank you to these outgoing directors for their service:
• Brian Cocolicchio • Ariel Czemerinski • Chris Maier

The elected Directors shall be installed at the Annual Meeting (scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th).

Some further details
- Per the Local Section’s Bylaws, Directors shall offer advice and counsel to the Executive Committee, shall participate in the deliberations of the committee, and may be assigned responsibilities in particular areas of the organization of the Section such as, but not limited to 1) Programming and 2) Outreach to constituencies other than the New York Section, e.g., Students, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Other Engineering Societies, and the Public.
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If you are not a Member of this Section, you can apply the $15 additional amount paid as a Guest to a full Membership for 2017. Please notify Treasurer
Andrew Sung that you wish to be a Member. Register Now.
Save the Dates: 2017-18 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, Sept. 19th (Annual Meeting)

Monday, Oct. 16th
(also in October: 2017 Chem Show, 10/31 - 11/2)

Topic: Design of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities Meeting Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Regulations

Speaker: Leonid Shnayder, Ph.D, P.E., Industry Professor, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Program, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)

Monday, Nov. 20th

Monday, Dec. 18th

• Tuesday, Jan. 16th / • Tuesday, Feb. 20th / • Monday, Mar. 19th / • Monday, Apr. 16th / • Monday, May 21st / • Monday, Jun. 18th

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