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)
Mary Albani has extensive experience in the area of environmental, health and safety, and has supported both public and private sector clients.  Notable public sector clients include the U.S EPA (Environmental Response Team), U.S. Department of Energy (Environmental Restoration Program at the Los Alamos National Laboratory) and the Bureau of Environmental Emergency Planning & Response (BEEPR) within the NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene during Super Storm Sandy.      
Mary has supported private-sector clients in utility critical-infrastructure for power generation, electric transmission and construction for Consolidated Edison of NY and Public Service Electric & Gas of NJ.  She has also supported critical chemical bulk storage for International Matex Tank Terminal (IMTT) in various locations in the U.S. as an Industrial Hygienist and member of their HAZMAT / Industrial Fire Brigade.  Currently, Mary is currently supporting core safety programs for Novartis Pharmaceutical in East Hanover, NJ.
Mary is a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. and holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy, as well as various professional certifications in E&HS training design and delivery, Smith System Driving, and electric utility safety.

Ariel Czemerinski, P.E., Principal Engineer, AMC Engineering PLLC
Ariel Czemerinski is the Founder and Principal Engineer of AMC Engineering, PLLC. He is a registered New York State Professional Engineer, with 30 years of experience in the chemical and environmental engineering sectors.

His areas of expertise include: inspections and sign off on large-scale vapor-barrier installations at NYC schools (with the New York City School Construction Authority), design and inspections of sub-slab depressurization systems, wastewater treatment systems, large-scale dewatering-system designs for construction, process control and automation, process optimization, productivity improvement, quality systems, environmental compliance and permitting, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Environmental Investigations, Phase III Remedial Activities, process and plant safety, and management of a production facility. He works closely with both New York State and New York City for environmental permitting and regulations for construction projects. He is also a Special Inspector with the New York City Department of Buildings.

Ariel has served as past Chairman of the Metro New York Section, AIChE, and is currently an active member of its executive committee.

Brian Deutsch, EH&S Manager, Con Edison
Brian Deutsch is an Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Manager at Con Edison, where he helps ensure the health and safety of employees working every day to deliver reliable service to steam customers in New York City. He also provides oversight and guidance for compliance with all city, state, and federal environmental regulations.
In his 10 plus years with Con Edison, Brian has gained extensive experience in several environmental, health and safety areas including spill response. For nearly four years, Mr. Deutsch was a member of Con Edison’s EH&S Response Team dedicated to immediately assisting in large spill cleanups. He has full authority to implement cleanup actions related to spills to waterways. Brian is a member of Con Edison’s Spill Management Team.
Prior to joining Con Edison, Brian worked as an Engineer at the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, where he was responsible for SPDES (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) compliance at the City’s wastewater treatment plants.
Mr. Deutsch earned his Bachelor’s  and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from NYU.

Rickey Johnson, Principal Risk Engineer - Energy & Construction, Liberty International Underwriters.
Rickey Johnson is with Liberty International Underwriters (LIU) Energy & Construction, working in their New York City offices as Principal Risk Engineer for Oil, Gas, Petrochemical & Chemical. Rickey’s career has focused on administering and providing risk control, safety and loss prevention practices to the oil, gas and power sectors, the highly protective property risk industry sector, as well as select heavy industry. Rickey has worked in the insurance industry on the risk engineering side of the business for over 40 years. He began his career with Industrial Risk Insurers, and has worked for Insurance Company of North America, CIGNA, ACE USA, One Beacon Energy Group, Marsh Risk Consulting and Liberty International Underwriters.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) issued by the State of Connecticut in Fire Protection Engineering. He also has a certificate as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), issued by NFPA. Rickey serves on the National Fire Protection Association technical committees - NFPA 850 (Fire Protection for Electrical Generating Plants) as well as NFPA 853 (Fuel Cells). Rickey also serves as chair of the New Technologies Task Force (Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology, and other renewables) for NFPA 850. Additional industry affiliations include the Edison Electric Institute Fire Protection Task Force, and the AIChE’s Health & Safety Division.

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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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