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



 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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