Next (virtual) Meeting: Monday, November 8th - Airborne Transmission of COVID-19: Evidence and Implications for Engineering Controls.

Monday, November 8th, 5:30 pm ET start (virtual meeting) (Register now.)

Topic: Airborne Transmission of COVID-19: Evidence and Implications for Engineering Controls.

Speaker: V. Faye McNeill, Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University.

CDC - Airborne Transmission

Times: Meeting (via Zoom) will begin at 5:30 pm ET with member networking. Presentation will begin at 6:30 pm ET. [Need help with Zoom. Details here.]

Costs & Registration: This event is free, but pre-registration is required.

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V. Faye McNeill Columbia
Bio: V. Faye McNeill is a Professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. She is also an associate member of the Earth Institute Faculty, and Principal Investigator of the Columbia University Clean Air Toolbox for Cities Initiative.

Prof. McNeill joined Columbia University in 2007, and received tenure in 2014. She received her B.S. in Ch.E. from Caltech in 1999, and her Ph.D. in Ch.E. from MIT in 2005, where she was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow. From 2005-2007, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington's Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences. She received the NSF CAREER Award (the National Science Foundation's most prestigious early career award for faculty) and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator award in 2009. She was the recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award of AAAR (American Association for Aerosol Research) in 2015, and the Mellichamp Emerging Leaders lecturer at UCSB (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) in 2018.

Faye is the Associate Editor in charge of Atmospheric Chemistry for
ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. She was a co-Editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from 2007-2017. She has served in multiple elected officer positions in AIChE, AAAR, and AGU (American Geophysical Union). She is an appointed member of the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) panel on kinetic data evaluation, and the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.

Abstract: Since late 2019, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has spread globally, causing a pandemic ("coronavirus disease 2019" or COVID-19) with dire consequences, including widespread death, long-term illness, and societal and economic disruption.

Although initially uncertain, evidence is now overwhelming that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets and aerosols emitted by infected individuals at close to medium-range. As a result, many effective non-pharmaceutical interventions for slowing virus transmission operate by blocking, filtering, or diluting respiratory aerosol, particularly in indoor environments.

In this review, we will discuss the evidence for airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens, and implications for engineering solutions to reduce transmission risk.

Keywords: Airborne Transmission, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Pathogens, Respiratory Droplets, Aerosols, Indoor Environment, Engineering Controls, Blocking, Filtering, Diluting.


Future Local Section Events (format may be virtual, unless otherwise indicated)

In general, meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of the month, unless that date is a holiday.

Monday, December 13th
Topic & Speaker: To be determined.
Dates for the remainder of our schedule (Topics & Speakers still need to be confirmed)

Monday, January 10th (2022)
Monday, February 21st
Monday, March 14th
Monday, April 11th
Monday, May 9th
Monday, June 15th


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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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