Next Dinner Meeting - Tuesday, February 19th for the Local Section’s next meeting, which will be hosted by the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) Venue. Pay Now.

Date: Tuesday, February 19th, 5:15 - 8:00 pm, on the Campus of CCNY at the Ballroom, North Academic Center (Convent Ave. and 138th St.). Map and Travel Directions.

Special Event: "When Chemical Plant Accidents Happen: A Case Study on a Chemical Spill and Implications on Drinking Water Safety" (A Film Screening and Panel Discussion)

Panelists: • Mary Albani at Enviro-Sciences Inc., providing services for Novartis Business Sevices, HSE&BC (Health, Safety and Environment and Business Continuity) • Ariel Czemerinski, P.E., Principal Engineer, AMC Engineering PLLC Brian Deutsch, EH&S Manager, Con Edison Rickey Johnson, Principal Risk Engineer - Energy & Construction, Liberty International Underwriters. Bios.

Moderator: • Weronika Patycka, President of the CCNY AIChE Student Chapter.

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Abstract: Five years ago (Jan. 9, 2014), a massive chemical spill in the Charleston, West Virginia area left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. Investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travelled to this locale to uncover the truth for his documentary, "What Lies Upstream". According to, he discovered "an obscene collusion between chemical corporations and the highest levels of government, (and as the)… investigation spirals in a terrifying direction, we learn the frightening truth about what lies upstream of us all."

In September 2016, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its preliminary report (final report - May 2017) on this incident. It concluded Freedom Industries failed to inspect or repair corroding tanks, and that as hazardous chemicals flowed into the Elk River, the water company and local authorities were unable to effectively communicate the looming risks to hundreds of thousands of affected residents, who were left without clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

An estimated 10,000 gallons of Crude Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) mixed with propylene glycol phenyl ethers (PPH Stripped) were released into the Elk River when a 46,000-gallon storage tank located at the Freedom Industries site in Charleston, WV, failed. As the chemical entered the river it flowed towards West Virginia American Water’s intake, which was located approximately 1.5 miles downstream from the Freedom site.

CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said, “Future incidents can be prevented with proper communication and coordination. Business owners, state regulators and other government officials and public utilities must work together in order to ensure the safety of their residents. The CSB’s investigation found fundamental flaws in the maintenance of the tanks involved, and deficiencies in how the nearby population was told about the risks associated with the chemical release.”

Schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 5:15-7:00 Registration & Film Screening; 6:30-7:00 Registration for Late arrivals; 7:00-8:00 Buffet Dining, co-currently with Panel Discussion.
Please don't arrive after 7 pm. Thank you.

Note: We will be offering a full viewing of the 90-minute film, starting at 5:30 pm; for those unable to attend at that earlier time (or for people who already seen the film), please arrive well before 7pm. We will co-currently have buffet dining as the panel discussion starts at about 7 pm.

Final Deadline to register: Thursday, 2/14 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).
Note: PDH credits (when offered): an addit. $10.

Students: Undergraduates - $5 for this event. Seating is limited, so please register early. How to Register.

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

Please note that this event has traditionally sold out.
Reserve now.

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


If you are not a Member of this Section, you can apply the $15 additional amount paid as a Dinner Meeting Guest to a full Membership for 2019. Please notify Treasurer Andrew Sung that you wish to be a Member. Register Now.


Engineers' Week
will be from February 17th to 23rd this year. Locally, the Metropolitan Engineering Societies Council (MESC) holds its 2019 Engineers' Week Dinner on Tuesday, February 12th (the week before). The AIChE, Metro NY Section is a MESC member.

Tuesday, February 12th - SAVE THE DATE!

MESC Engineers' Week Dinner

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Topic: U.S. Nuclear Industry Response to Fukushima - FLEX Strategy

Keynote Speaker: Paul Hansen, P.E., Senior Director Plant Operations at Northwell Health Staten Island University Hospital.

Download Flyer - includes Registration Details. Must mail reservation check by Friday, Feb. 8th.

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Save the Dates: 2019 Meeting Dates

• 2019 Dinner Meetings at the Pfizer Building

2019 - February (3rd Tuesday, due to National Holiday)

March - June (3rd Monday of each month)
3/18; 4/15; 5/20; and, 6/17.

Questions: 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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