Feb 22 Joint NJ-AIChE and ISA Meeting: Opportunities in I&C





 Opportunities for Tech and Engineering Students
 in the I&C World

NJAIChE February 2011 meeting notice 

Date:                          Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Registration             6:00 –6:30 PM
Networking              6:30- 7:00 PM

Dinner                       6:30 PM
Program                    7:00 PM

Place:                        Snuffy’s Steakhouse
Mountain and Park Avenues,  Scotch Plains, NJ 07076


Members and Guests …………………….         $25

Unemployed or Retired Members ………     $15

Students……………………………………   No Charge

Reservations:         Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2670 or e-mail at rsvp@njaiche.org ASAP.  If you reserve, we will notify you of a cancellation or change.   On site registration also accepted.


Alex Habib, PE is a Licensed Professional Automation and Control Engineer with over 19 years of experience in automating and modernizing:  specialty chemicals, food, flavors, pharmaceutical, biotech plants and research facilities. Alex worked on projects at: Sanofi-Aventis, Hoffmann La Roche, Givaudan Flavors, IFF, Merck, Pfizer, Rhone-Poulenc (now Aventis and Rhodia), and Olin Chemicals. Alex also worked for engineering consulting firms and system integrators such as Jacobs Engineering, and Invensys.

Alex earned his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Alex is currently the Director of The Food and Pharmaceutical Division, District 2 Nominator, and President of the Central NJ section of the International Society of Automation (ISA).


  • Technical Information & Resources
  • Technical Training & Career Development
  • Networking Opportunities
  • ANSI – accredited standards that shape the future of industry.
  • Compilation of manufacturers and distributors of automation products and services.
  • Local Section meetings
  • Tabletops, seminars, and technical sessions
  • Locally sponsored Training courses
  • An expanded online employment center for industry.
  • Members can post a resume for free
  • Mentoring program

January 19 Meeting : Nano-conversion Technology


Note: Rescheduled meeting : Wednesday January 19, 2001 ( postponed from Jan 11 due to weather)





Nano-conversion Technology – An ignored but novel and unique field of Nanoscience

Gordhan Patel, President

JP laboratories, Inc, Middlesex, NJ 08873

(732) 469 6670, gnpatel@jplabs.com, www.jplabs.com 


Date:                           Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Agenda:                    Registration             6:00 –6:30 PM
Networking              6:30- 7:00 PM

Dinner                       6:30 PM
Program                    7:00 PM

Place :                       Snuffy’s Steakhouse
Mountain and Park Avenues, Scotch Plains

Price :                       

Members and Guests …………………….        $25

Unemployed or Retired Members ………   $15

Students …………………………………… No Charge

Reservations :         Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2670 or e-mail at rsvp@njaiche.org by Friday, January 14, 2011 .  On site registration also welcome.  


Dr. Gordhan Patel received his BS (Chemistry, 1964), MS (Physical Chemistry, 1966) and Ph.D. (Physics, 1970) from Sardar Patel University, Vidyanagar, India. He worked as a post doctoral fellow at University of Bristol, Bristol, England (1970-1973) and Baylor University, Waco, Texas (1973-1974) and as a research associate for Honeywell, Morristown, NJ from 1974-1982. He started his own research and development company, JP Laboratories, Middlesex, NJ in 1983. He has more than 100 publications including about 60 patents. He has given more than 60 invited lectures in many countries on his pioneering work on solid state polymerization of diacetylenes. He received multi-million dollar research and development grants form US Government Agencies to develop new products.

After September 11, 2001, Dr. Patel accepted the responsibility of developing products for combating terrorism (CBRN, Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear attack). He developed SIRAD® (Self-indicating, Instant, Radiation Alert Dosimeter) technology for instantly monitoring exposure to radiation in an event of radiological or nuclear attack. SIRAD technology was displayed on the Capitol Hill in 2007. For developing SIRAD technology, he received internationally recognized awards, such as Frost & Sullivan’s Award for “Excellence in Technology” (2004) and R&D-100 Award (2005). He was invited by a US Congressional Committee to testify on his SIRAD technology for combating terrorism. A number of articles have been written on his work, e.g., Associated Press, front page coverage on Wall Street Journal and Times of India and TV headlines, such as ABC News and BBC News.

His research area include (1) Nano-structures and their destructions, (2) radiation dosimeters, (3) indicators for monitoring a variety of processes and materials, (4) Acetylenic compounds and solid state polymerization, (5) Metallizing of plastics and (6) Synthetic blood.

Recently, he is developing products, mainly irreversible indicators based on destruction/conversion of nanostructures. Today, he will present novel, unique and self-reading indicators called Nano-IndisTM.


Nanostructures have many unique properties and a large number of products are based on them. However, little attention has been paid to understanding and developing products based on their destruction/conversion. Dr. Patel has developed many novel, unique and self-reading indicators called Nano-IndisTM. They are based on destruction of ~10 nm aluminum layer and it’s naturally formed ~2nm oxide layer (2D nanostructures) of a metallized plastic film.

Nano-Indis are made by printing a message, such as “FRESH” (for monitoring shelf-life foods and pharmaceuticals) or “VALID” (for visitor’s badges) onto the metal layer and “NOT” on the plastic surface of a metallized plastic film followed by applying a layer of etchant in a binder onto the metal layer. When the opaque metal layer is etched/destroyed by the etchant, “NOT” becomes visible and a combined message “NOT FRESH” or “NOT VALID” is displayed. Other Nano-Indis include freeze, thaw, humidity, sterilization, toxic chemicals and ionizing radiation. Other chemical indicators of today undergo a gradual color change and require color reference charts and explanations. Self explanatory Nano-Indis have a rare combination of the most desired properties.

Nano-conversion technology is barely explored and believed to be potentially a vast field of nano-science. A large number of products can be developed using other nano-indicators, etchants, precursors and processes by converting a variety of other nano-structures.

Executive Committee Meeting 

The Executive Committee meeting for January  will be held on January 4th at Paisano’s Pizza at 6:30 pm.   All members are welcome.

Future Meetings 

Have you heard someone speak that would be of interest to our group?  Would you like to speak?  We’re interested in both technical and general interest presentations. Let us know.


The New Year (2011)

We hope all is well or at least better.  2009 and 2010 were awful years for the economy and employment.  Be that as it may, that we cannot control though we wish we could.

We have the normal meetings planned on the second Tuesday of each month (Snuffies in Scotch Plains) with our executive committee meeting on the first Tuesday at Paisanos at Watchung Square Mall.

As usual we are looking for volunteers to help run the section.  Please contact any officer or just show up at Paisanos.  The more volunteers and the more we can offer to our section in terms of meetings, special lectures or seminars, College Bowl and Student Night and whatever else can be imagined.Please note that our old reservation phone number (2693) no longer works.

2011 Section Officers

Chairperson: David Greene

Chair-Elect: Todd Salaman

Treasurer: Patricia Forgang

Secretary: Andrew Soos

Past Chair: Geoffrey D’Netto

Directors: Phil Messina, Yasha Zelmanovich, Chandra Nair, Laura Turci

Director Emeritus: Frank Dittman


The annual event was held at Snuffies on December 14.  Our party game was “Gesterictics” which is a variation of charades.  Food was excellent.  Company was delightful.  Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

Committee and Division Awards Deadlines Approaching 
Committee or Division  Award  Deadline 
Process Development Division (PD) Process Development Practice Award December 15, 2010
Fuels & Petrochemicals Division (F&P) The Harry West Student Paper Award January 27, 2011
Fuels and Petrochemicals Division Scholarship January 31, 2011
Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (FP&BE) Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Distinguished Service Award in Chemical Engineering February 15, 2011
Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award in Chemical Engineering February 15, 2011


Odd Stuff

Many years ago a young chemical engineer was assigned to a southern office from the New York headquarters (before the era of Word and such).  He was assigned a local typist to whom he dictated a long report on the feasibility of biochemical production.  To his dismay the final report was titled Bayou Chemical Report.


1. Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton

3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong

7. 6.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

8. Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

9. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

10. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

11. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

12. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

13. 1 million-million microphones = 1 megaphone

14. 2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles

15. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle

16. 2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds

17. 52 cards = 1 decacards

18. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 FigNewton

19. 1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen

20. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

21. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

22. 10 rations = 1 decoration

23. 100 rations = 1 C-ration

24. 2 monograms = 1 diagram

25. 4 nickels = 2 paradigms


Webinars: http://apps.aiche.org/chemeondemand/LiveWebinars.aspx

 Mentoring: What You Need to Know and Do

Presented by Dr. Lois J. Zachary, Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Whether you are just getting started or want to improve your current mentoring relationship, this webinar is just for you. Dr. Zachary presents the key concepts underlying mentoring best practice today, and guides you step-by-step through what you need to know and do in each of the four phases of a mentoring relationship.

AIChE’s Leadership Webinars: Chemical Engineering Essentials from Academic Authors Session Three: Process Dynamics and Control

Presented by Dr. Thomas F. Edgar, Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00pm ET 

Process control has become increasingly important in the process industries as a consequence of global competition, rapidly changing economic conditions, faster product development, and more stringent environmental and safety regulations.  It is clear that the scope and importance of process control technology will continue to expand during the 21st century.  Most chemical engineers typically take one undergraduate course in process control.  Consequently, chemical engineers need to extend their current knowledge in order to be able to operate modern plants.  New topics include increased use of simulation for analysis of control systems, soft sensors, controller performance monitoring, real-time optimization, batch process control, and model predictive control.

This webinar describes these advanced topics and gives a brief introduction to each one.   An overview of process control topics on the FE exam will also be given.


International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering, ICOSSE

Tucson, AZ, January 9-12, 2011


SBE’s International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

San Francisco, CA, January 16-19, 2011


OTC’s Arctic Technology Conference (ATC)

Houston, TX, February 7-9, 2011


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