Memorial to Andy Soos

It is with great sadness that the NJAIChE recognizes the passing of one of its giants: Andy Soos. Andy served NJAIChE in each of five decades. He had multiple terms as Chair and Secretary and volunteered his time, expertise, and energy in many other important functions. His sense of humor was quick and dry as he brought light to everything we did. His talent for travelogues and newsletters was legendary. Andy was recognized at the national level as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

A 1972 graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Andy served in many positions where his expertise in safety and environmental regulations was prized. He mentored many students and other professionals, always encouraging them to excellence in engineering and the highest standards of integrity. Andy retired in 2018 yet still wrote newsletters and attended the 2019 NJAIChE Holiday Party.

Below are pictures of Andy lecturing on stress management, and on one of his exciting vacations with his wife Elise.

Our sympathy and prayers go out to Andy’s family and all who knew and will miss him. Rest easy Andy.

More information on Andy’s death and life can be found at these links:

Andrew (Andy) D. Soos

Sept. 17 4:00 PM online: Pharmaceutical Quality

From our friends at NJPhAST:

Managing Pharmaceutical Quality:

In And Beyond the

COVID-19 Pandemic

register at

Ajaz S. Hussain, Ph.D.
(The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education, Inc. )

The supply of pharmaceuticals to patients have been on a critical path for decades. Now, this path is more tortuous. Reshoring of the pharmaceutical supply chain is emerging as a vital national security need. Re-shoring traditional know-how and technologies with inherent unpredictability and adverse environmental impact are unlikely to provide security sought, nor will it be competitive and affordable. The challenge is complex and in chaos, akin to reforming professionals and systems1. Are the calls and funding to re-shore sustainable? What “new prior knowledge”2 is needed? How can we transform and mature systems for quality management? Why “chaos to continual improvement”3 charts this journey?

1 Gurvich, V.J., Hussain, A.S. AAPS PharmSciTech 21, 153 (2020).

2 Hussain, A.S., Gurvich, V.J., and Morris, K. AAPS Pharm Sci Tech, 20, 140 (2019).

3 Hussain, A.S. Chaos to Continual Improvement: Path to Harmonization. CPhI Industry Report 2019:

Date and Location
Thurs Sept 17th, 2020
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Meeting Sponsors:
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About the speaker Dr. Ajaz Hussain holds B.Pharm and Ph.D. degrees from the universities of Mumbai and Cincinnati, respectively, his 30 plus years of unique experience covers academia, the US FDA and industry (Deputy Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, US FDA, VP and Global Head Biopharmaceutical Development at Sandoz, Chief Scientific Officer at Philip Morris International and Chief Scientific Officer and President Biotechnology at Wockhardt. Currently, he devotes part of his time to serve as the President of the not-for-profit National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. In his advisory practice, he focuses on developing corporations and individual professionals as self-authored architects of evidence they need to make sound decisions efficiently. Typically, he engages with life science companies on challenging problems in product development, manufacturing, quality control, and assurance functions. He is also a member of several Boards, and he also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University

Registration Fees • Please register at in order to be sent the meeting link; this will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting. • There is no registration fee for this event. • Note that even though no payment is needed, you must proceed all the way to the “Your Order is Confirmed” message for your registration to be recorded. • You will need to make a “Regular” or “Vegetarian” meal selection, but note that we will not be delivering food !

May 21 Meeting 7 PM – Online – Professional Skills Development

COVID 19 has adjusted all of our work practices.  Join us for this special online discussion:

Crisis Survival:

Best Practices Tips & Techniques  –

Through Any Medium – From Anywhere

Discussion Topics:

  • Working from home

  • Participating & Conducting Meetings online

  • Applying techniques to other professional situations

Lynne saying Hello to AIChE

In these interesting times, your colleagues have expressed a need to gain tips, techniques and best practices through all forms of media.

Whether working from home, participating in and conducting online meetings, or other professional situations Lynne Crystal, our moderator,  is here to fill that need.

The practical skills presented are ready to use before even leaving the room.

About the speaker: 

Lynne Crystal Company, LLC -Executive and Management Development services Fortune 500 clients in a wide range of industries on every continent.

Lynne designs and conducts her sessions using in-person and various media methods.

Lynne’s unique professional history includes: Business Owner, Corporate Executive, Speaker, Writer, Adjunct Professor, Speech Pathologist, Relationship Educator Aikido Instructor and Performer.

So, Tune in…..

     introductions 7PM
online discussion for ~30 minutes moderated by the speaker

online – details to be sent to registered attendees.

Meeting Logistics:

** Due to the limitations of online discussion, the first 25 registrants will be sent the online meeting invitation and request for questions in advance of the meeting.  Reserve your place by registering for the meeting at:

Register at Eventbrite: REGISTRATION

The meeting will be held on the ZOOM platform.  It is recommended to connect to familiarize with ZOOM in advance of the meeting.