College Bowl Night October 17, 2012

College Bowl Night  

Wednesday October 17, 2012


Our annual College Bowl brings together student teams from area schools’ Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Departments for freindly competition while meeting attendees cheer them on.  Questions are selected at random from a list of Engineering, Chemistry and Physics questions presented in a ‘game show’ format. There will be several rounds of questions.  Answers are judged by a panel of engineer-judges not affiliated with any of the participating schools.  In the case of a tie, the moderator’s score will be selected to break the tie. Cash prizes ranging from $300 to $100 will be awarded based on total scores.

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012

                                    Registration           6:00 PM 
                                    Dinner                    6:30 PM 
                                    Program                 7:30 PM
Snuffy’s Restaurant
Mountain and Park Avenues, Scotch Plains

Members and Guests …………………..………..$30

Unemployed/Retired Section members…. $15
Students………………………………………………No Charge

Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2670 or e-mail at by Friday 10/12/12. 

Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee meeting for November will be held on the 7th at Paisano’s Pizza at 6:30 pm. All members are welcome.


Some meetings of NJAIChE have been sponsored. If you would like to sponsor this meeting or a future meeting please let us know.  Many levels of sponsorship are available.

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.

ISA Plant Tour October 11, 2012

From our friends at the ISA…. 

Dear Friends and members of the Central NJ Section ISA


You are invited to join us for this plant tour on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm


Similar to a community of 13,000 people, Princetonconsumes chilled water, steam, and electricity for human comfort as well as its specialized research needs. Ted Borer will speak to the ISA about how those energy needs are met with three different cogeneration systems, thermal storage, steam and electric-driven cooling, and advanced commodities market tools.  The discussion will cover plant equipment and  control systems and the operating approaches Princetonuses to minimize both life-cycle costs as well as its environmental footprint. Initial results of the new 5 MW solar photovoltaic system’s operation will be mentioned as well as some projects that are currently underway or are still being studied.   For an advance look at the plant, you can see some tour highlights on YouTube:






Edward “Ted” Borer is the energy plant manager for PrincetonUniversityand is actively involved in the campus energy and carbon emissions reduction efforts. He has over 25 years of experience in the power industry, is a registered professional engineer, and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering as well as the CEM, CEP, and LEEDAP Certifications. He has been featured in two different energy and environmental documentary films and is the author of many energy-related articles in technical journals and trade magazines, and a book chapter on cogeneration. He can be contacted in Princeton, NJ at: (609) 258-3966 or






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New York Section Meeting 10/15/12

From our colleagues at the New York Section, about their meeting on process safety … 

“Safety First” is an admonition we learn early in life.  Safety is also very important to chemical engineers  – as we need to know about lab safety, personal safety, plant safety, process safety, and risk management.  Is there an overall theory for this? … but, first a short anecdote.
A recent article by engineer/novelist Nick Arvin recounts a friend’s job interview where this question came up: ‘What is your engineering philosophy?’ 


“He had never before thought about his ‘engineering philosophy’ but he realized at that moment that did have one.  ‘Simplify’ he said.  He happened to be interviewing at Apple, a company that has risen to glory for its unusual commitment to the idea that a device works best (and most beautifully) when what is unnecessary has been removed.”
Similarly, process safety management focuses on preventing releases of any substance defined as a “highly hazardous chemicals” (by such regulatory bodies as EPA or OSHA).  It has evolved from its early days of containing these risks, to today’s goal to eliminating them by removing hazardous intermediates via inherently safer design.  Or, as stated by another discipline’s (architecture) guiding principle, “less is more”.  Simplify.
In October, we are honored to have Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), offering a Process Safety Case Study at our Monday, October 15th Dinner Meeting.  Dr. Moure-Eraso will review CSB’s Bayer CropScience Investigation as the root of its new Inherently Safer video.  
 The question of finding inherently safer materials, processes, and technology was not only applicable to Bayer, but also to the entire chemical industry as well. The principles of inherently safer technology, or IST, have the potential to make chemical production safer for workers and the public across the country. The Chairman’s presentation will examine these issues and provide a summary of the CSB’s investigation and formal safety recommendations.


We need for you to RSVP soon.  The deadline to reserve for this event is Thursday, Oct. 11th, 5 pm.  Reserve Now.  


Undergraduate Students: Free, but you  must pre-register.