Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 : Unconventional Catalysis




Unconventional Catalysis

 James Wasas Chief Science Officer,SWAPSOL

Raymond Stenger, Chairman of the Board and President. SWAPSOL 

 Date:                         Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


Registration             6:00 PM
Dinner                       6:30 PM
Program                    7:30 PM

 Place:                        Snuffy’s

Price:                         Members and Guests                                $ 25.00

                                  Unemployed or Retired Members               $ 15.00

                                  Students                                             ….        No Charge

Reservations:         Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2693 or e-mail at by the Friday prior to the meeting (April 15th).2010

If you make a reservation, we will notify you in the event we need to cancel


“Green Chemistry catalysis turns global problems into global opportunities by developing novel uses for waste products like carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and non-recyclable hydrocarbon trash that would otherwise go to a landfill, turning them into valuable products like hydrogen, sulfur, and carbon-sulfur polymers.”

Speaker Backgrounds:

Ray Stenger works with the chief science officer in the development of SWAPSOL intellectual property. Ray’s career has been centered in business development, environmental consulting and the management of private companies engaged in these activities. Ray also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Conklin Marketing, Inc (CMI), and it was through Ray’s involvement with CMI that Ray and Jim began working closely together.

Ray received a U.S. Patent for a Closed Vent Bioreactor System (1993, U.S Patent No. 5,258,303), founded and operated Stenger Associates, Inc., an Environmental Consulting firm (1987-1995) and co-founded Envirotactics, Inc., an Environmental Consulting firm where he served from 1995 to 2007.

Earlier in his career, Stenger was a process engineer at Diamond Alkali (1959-1965). In 1965, he became senior process engineer with Stephan Chemical where he was involved in converting black strap molasses to citric acid. From 1967 to 1971, he worked as chief process engineer at Stauffer Chemical’s Louisville Works, one of the largest chlorinated solvent plants in the United States. Following Stauffer Chemical, Stenger was chief process engineer and subsequently plant manager with the Philadelphia Quartz Company from 1971 to 1981. In 1981, he co-founded LOMA Environmental, an environmental consulting and remediation firm.

Stenger earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Unit, working with VX nerve gas. He is currently the treasurer of the Princeton Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Jim Wasas is chief science officer, executive vice president, and secretary/treasurer for SWAPSOL, Corp. He also serves on the Board of Directors. He has spent his career engaged in corporate management and chemical research with chemical product and process development in both the United States and Ecuador.

From 2001 to 2007, Wasas served as president and technical director of Conklin Marketing and Sales Co., Inc. and Conklin Marketing, Inc. It was during this time that he invented “The Spirit of Liberty,” winner of the World Spirits Competition’s Platinum Award for American Cream Liqueur.

From 1987 to 2001, Wasas worked in Ecuador, where he founded and was Chairman of the Board and technical director for Espiritu del Ecuador, S.A., a liquor manufacturing and marketing company. In 2008, the company won the World Spirits Competition’s Gold Medal Award for “Espiritu del Ecuador,” a cordial liquor combining 20 fruits native to Ecuador.

From 1988 to 1990, Wasas headed the Research and Development division of Geevor, PLC and invented a chemical process for dissolving cyanide refractory gold in metallic ores native to Ecuador.

Wasas also designed, constructed and trained the operation of three gold refineries for U.S. companies and seven gold and silver refineries for Ecuadoran companies, including one that produced aerospace grade 99.9999% pure gold.

Wasas earned his bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1968. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army, stationed both in Japan and Thailand. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Executive Committee Meeting


The Executive Committee meeting for April will be held on April 5th 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.

Directions to Snuffy’s Steakhouse:

Route 22 East : (Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, New Providence Exit) – Make a right turn at the exit (under overpass) and then go straight on Park Avenue for about 100 yards. Snuffy’s will be on the right.

Route 22 West : (Scotch Plains, Berkeley Heights, Fanwood, New Providence Exit) – At the exit, make a right turn traffic light, make a left turn and take the overpass over Route 22. At the end of the overpass, make a right onto Park Avenue. Snuffy’s will be on the right.

Garden State Parkway: (North and South) – Take Exit 140 from the Garden State Parkway and follow the signs for Route 22 West. Once on Route 22 West, follow the directions above.

Route 78: (East and West) – Take Exit 41 from Route 78. Follow the signs to Scotch Plains. This will put you onto Plainfield Avenue. Follow Plainfield Avenue straight through the traffic light, where it becomes Bonnie Burn Road. Follow Bonnie Burn Road to the next traffic light and make a right turn. Follow the overpass over Route 22. At the end of the overpass, make a right onto Park Avenue. Snuffy’s will be on the right.

New Jersey Turnpike: (North and South) – Take Exit 14 from the New Jersey Turnpike and follow the signs to Route 78 West. Once on Route 78 West, follow the directions above.


Meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2011




Annual Student Awards Program

Jim Terkovich and Allan Berman of Engineering Resource Group 

Engineering Jobs 2011 Outlook – 3-24-2011 (2) 

Date:                           Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 


Registration             6:00 PM
Dinner                       6:30 PM
Program                    7:30 PM 

Place:                        Snuffy’s


                        Members and Guests           .                       $ 25.00

                        Unemployed or Retired Members               $ 15.00

                        Students                                             ….        No Charge

Reservations:         Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2670 or e-mail at ASAP.  If you reserve, we will notify you of a cancelation or change.   


We will be honoring both our current and future members as we present Rutgers students awards recognizing their academic achievements.

  • Merit Award (highest junior GPA):         Joesph Vella
  • Merit Award (highest senior GPA):        Nhan Pham
  • Science and Research:                           Anchal Jain
  • Most Deserving:                                      Sharon Shliechkorn.

We welcome our members, guests and students to meet and interact in a social forum to learn more about the evolution of chemical engineering over the past decades and where it might be going in the future.


Jim Terkovich and Allan Berman of Engineering Resource Group (ERG) will be presenting resume writing advice and interviewing tips.

Since 1991, ERG, located in Morris Plains, NJ, has specialized in supplying engineers, designers, drafters, and technicians in direct / permanent and contract / temporary positions including Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Structural / Civil, Electronics / Hardware and Software Engineers.

ERG has placed Process Engineers, Project Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Process Safety Engineers, and R&D / Pilot Plant Engineers.

Speaker Backgrounds:

Allan Berman is a Senior Recruiter at Engineering Resource Group.  Allan graduated Rutgers University in 1988 with a degree in Chemical Engineering (option in Biochemical Engineering). Prior to joining Engineering Resource Group’s team, he served in various engineering sales and marketing positions for process equipment, laboratory equipment, and environmental systems.

Jim Terkovich is President of Engineering Resource Group and has a BS and MBA from Rutgers University. Jim served in marketing and management positions at the Cadbury and Nabisco divisions of Kraft Foods. Since becoming a partner at ERG, Jim has developed a state-of-the-art candidate database, classifying job seekers by their skills and industry specialties which more quickly and efficiently finds matching available candidates for positions. As the company expanded, Jim carefully selected recruiters that he felt would maintain and enhance ERG’s reputation of professionalism, and he developed a shared recruiter commission structure unique to the staffing industry. With this structure, recruiters worked with each other on placing candidates, so a job seeker may end up working with three different recruiters on three different job openings. Finally, over 15 years ago, Jim developed an interactive website so that job seekers can input keywords to search for a job, similar to Google searches today.

Every Friday, Engineering Resource Group provides a free in-house seminar to engineers seeking positions. Based on their experience with 3,700 successful placements of engineering and engineering support personnel, they draw from their experience and expertise to discuss resume writing and what to do (and what not to do) during an interview. If you would like to attend their seminar, feel free to contact Jim or Allan at (973) 490-7000.