Next Dinner Meeting - Tuesday, January 22nd for the Local Section’s next meeting for 2018-19 at the Pfizer Building (Dinner Meeting) Venue. Pay Now. You can now reserve for the February meeting. Event details below.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd at the Pfizer Building

Topic: Simulation Sciences - A Technology Update
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Speaker: Wendy Young is a Business Development Manager at Chemstations, Inc. She provides process simulation solutions through the CHEMCAD suite of products. Previous experience includes: seven years of process engineering experience in various chemical, pharmaceutical, and refining processes, plus seven years of technical service/sales in process, water, and wastewater treatment. Wendy is one of the sources quoted in Chemical Engineering's news story (December 2018, pp. 18-22) on "Modern Simulation Tools: Expanding Applications" as new user-friendly solutions help chemical processors tackle tasks beyond design and optimization."

When: Tuesday, January 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (5:30-6:15 pm: Registration, Networking & Buffet Dinner; 6:15-7:30 pm: Program). Reserve now.

Where: Pfizer Building, 219 East 42nd Street, Manhattan. Map

Final Deadline to register
: Thursday, 1/17 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 - free for all undergrads. 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.


Date: Tuesday, February 19th on the City College of New York (CCNY) campus. Details soon.

Topic: Panel Discussion on Environmental Regulations & Chemical Safety

Featuring a viewing of an award-winning documentary ("What Lies Upstream") followed by a panel discussion with local experts in environmental health, process safety, and regulatory compliance.

Five years ago (Jan. 9, 2014), a massive chemical spill in the Charleston, WV area left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. Investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travelled to this locale to uncover the truth for this documentary film. 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."

[Note: The film is available for free viewing by Amazon Prime members via its streaming channel, and for a nominal fee by other channels such as Fandango, Google Play, or Vudu. We will be offering a viewing of the full 90-minute documentary on 2/19, so this meeting segment will commence much earlier than our normal starting time; for those unable to attend at that earlier time (or for people who already seen the film), we will break for a networking session and buffet dining, before the panel discussion tentatively starts at about 7 pm. Final time schedule in due course.]

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.”

Confirmed Panelists: Ariel Czemerinski, P.E, Principal Engineer at AMC Engineering PLLC  • Brian Deutsch, EH&S Manager at Con Edison.0


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.


Tuesday, February 12th


MESC Engineers' Week Dinner

The Annual Engineers' Week Dinner Meeting honoring a local area Engineer by the Metropolitan Engineering Societies Council (MESC) will be Tuesday, 2/12.  This event has generally preceded the National EWeek (Engineers' Week) celebration - February 17-23, 2019.

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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Tuesday, February 19th

Topic: Panel Discussion on Environmental Regulations & Chemical Safety 
(on the City College of New York campus)

Featuring a viewing of an award-winning documentary ("What Lies Upstream") followed by a panel discussion with local experts in environmental health, process safety, and regulatory compliance. Details soon.

Confirmed Panelists: * Ariel Czemerinski, P.E, Engineer at AMC Engineering PLLC  
* Brian Deutsch, EH&S Manager at Con Edison

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Save the Dates: 2019 Meeting Dates

• 2019 Dinner Meetings at the Pfizer Building

2019 - January - February (3rd Tuesdays, due to National Holidays)
1/22; and, 2/19.

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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