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Volume 1
2

Issue
8

Rick Virost
, Co
-
Editor

May

2006

NEWSLETTER OF THE EA
ST TENNESSEE SECTION

OF AIC
h
E

Local section website

Local section mailing address

http://www.tnengineering.net/AICHE/

PO Box 3488

Kingsport, TN 37664
-
3488

May AIChE Meeting

Enuf is Enough


ur May program will be a plant tour of Tri
-
Cities Beverage at 714 Rolling Hills Drive, Johnson City
.
Tri
-
Cities Beverage was founded in 1946 by Charlie Gordon. He was very aggressiv
e in introducing new
drinks, and Tri
-
Cities made a lot of different ones over the years, including Cheerwine, Gordon's Cream Soda,
Hires Root Beer, Tip Grape, Tri
-
City fruit sodas, and Mountain Dew. They also introduced the world's first
energy drink, and
they are still bottling it today.

Tri
-
Cities Beverage's most famous product, Dr. Enuf, has been produced in Johnson City since 1949. Containing
B
-
vitamins, potassium, and lots of caffeine, Dr. Enuf was designed

by its creator DR Bill Swartz

to cure aches
a
nd pains and hangovers. Dr. Enuf was clearly the world's first energy drink.
Perhaps y
ou th
ought
Jolt Cola was a
big deal in the 80's? Forget it. Dr. Enuf has JUST AS MUCH caffeine, but mor
e sugar, and tastes better too.
Another i
nteresting historical foot
note about the company is that Mountain Dew flowed there first.
Tri
-
Cities

Beverage
became the very first Mountain Dew franchise
-
holder in 1954.

Directions:

Take I
-
26 to Johnson City. Exit onto U.S. 321 at Exit 31. Turn left
(toward Johnson City) and tak
e a left at the 2nd light onto
Cherokee Road. Take another quick left onto Buffalo Road
(through the golf course). Rolling Hills Drive is the first right.

Bucks Pizza is on State of Franklin Road near the ETSU
Minidome.



What:

May Meeting of the East Tenn
essee Section of AIChE

Topic:

Tour of Tri
-
Cities Beverage

Date:

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Time:

5:45
-
6:00 pm Arrive

6:00 pm Tour

7:00 Dinner at Buck's Pizza

Where:

Tri
-
Cities Beverage Corp

714 Rolling Hills Drive

Johnson City

Buck's Pizza

1701 W. State o
f Franklin Rd

Johnson City

RSVP:

Joseph Bays

(423)
-
229
-
5854
mailto:bays@eastman.com

Please respond for the purposes of telling Buck's a rough count

PDH credit:

None.


Joseph Bays, 2005
-
2006 Program Committee Me
mber

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Message from the Chair


ecently, Local Section officers were invited to submit a comment on why they belong to AIChE. This led me
to reflect on my reasons for serving. Originally, I got involved simply because someone asked me to
contribute. A
s I edited the newsletter for a couple of years I saw how enthusiastic and helpful other members of
the board were. I have to say that it has been and continues to be a pleasure to be associated with such a
professional group of people as the Local Sectio
n Officers and members of the Programming Committee.


One purpose of the Section is to give back to the profession. We do this in several ways. We
have donated to ETEAC scholarships for as long as I’ve been on the board. A more recent
effort, now in
its third year, is the donation of two Perry’s Handbooks to each of the six
closest accredited Chemical Engineering departments. These are of course well
-
appreciated,
as an article located elsewhere in this newsletter will attest.


Another mission of the
Section is to provide relevant and interesting programming. As I look
back at this year’s slate of programs I think we have succeeded in that regard. This week we
wrap up another programming year with a fun outing, featuring a tour of the Dr. Enuf factor
y
in Johnson City. Lauren Moyer will soon be organizing our Programming Committee for
2006
-
2007. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a minimal commitment. Please consider serving on
this committee.


I hope that others will continue to answe
r the call for serving our profession and maintain the strength of both the
Institute and our Local Section.


Burts Compton, 200
6
Chairman East TN Sectio
n




The Call for Papers/PTP process for the AIChE 2006 Annual Meeting is now open. Researchers an
d
practitioners working in all areas of chemical engineering and related disciplines are invited to submit
proposals. Submissions in the following areas are particularly welcome:


Proteomics

Nanotechnology

Membrane Technology

Bioseparations

Engineering Ed
ucation Mixing

Tissue Engineering

Biomimetics

Hydrogen Production & Storage

Metabolic Engineering

Disease Therapies & Diagnostics



Molecular Simulation

Self
-
Assembled Biomaterials

Fuel Cells

Product Design

Sustainability & Sustainable
Engineering Biosen
sors

Drug Delivery

Gene Therapy

Biorefineries

Water Resource Conservation

Papers accepted will be presented at the AIChE 2006 National Meeting in San Francisco CA November
12th
-
November 17th, 2006.

To submit a proposal, please visit
www.aiche.org/annual

and click on the Call for Papers/PTP link.

Note: The PTP process is using a new so
ftware interface this year. Please read all instructions carefully.

© 2006 AIChE
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1383


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Recap of April AIChE Meeting

Remote Sensing of Au
tomobile Exhaust

(Science and Politics of Motor Vehicle Emissions Monitoring
)


ur speaker was

Dr. Donald H. Stedman, (Brainerd F. Phillipson Professor of Chemistry at the University of
Denver in Denver, Colorado.) Dr Stedman has over 175 referenced publi
cations and book chapters in
atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, trace gas analysis, chemiluminescence, and remote sensing.

In

discussions and traveling to view several Eastman operations before and after the meeting he had a wealth of
ideas to share

on ways to monitor unique chemicals in the workplace. (Basically he had developed several
methods
suitable
for detection of specific
chemicals

and up until his visit to East Tennessee had not found anyone
who needed to monitor for those chemicals.)


The
core of his presentation was a concept of measuring many car
exhausts quickly to find the one in a hundred that was the significant
polluter, and then getting that car off the road and into a shop for repairs.
The system uses infrared and ultraviolet absor
ption spectroscopy to
detect ratios of pollutants (CO, HC, NO, and even NH3) to the carbon
dioxide present after fuel combustion in a car or truck. In Denver p
eople
can drive their vehicle past the Smart Sign

(shown on right)

and obtain
instantaneous measu
rement of the carbon monoxide emissions

as the
light beam passes through their vehicle exhaust plume
. Th
is requires
very quick response time on the
analyzer so that the Smart Sign can give
its
message
(
"GOOD", "FAIR", or "POOR"
)

to help motorists assess th
e
vehicle's fuel efficiency and overall condition. Dr. Stedman
was able to present data by vehicle model and year to
show the aging and eventual death of catalytic converters, and even the renewal effect of the "million mile
overhaul" on large truck diesel

engines (
return of
better combustion
equals

less pollution.) Effectiveness of the
scanning instrument has led to its use in a commercial (industrial strength) version in places as far away as Brazil
and Sweden, as well as
at

the Colorado Port of Entry roa
d inspection
s
.
Finally
Dr. Stedman led us through the
discussion of how to achieve the best air quality
for a region
when you have an instrument that can
identify its
worst vehicle emitters on a continuing and frequent basis.



Rick Virost, 2005
-

2006 Pro
gram Committee Member



Upcoming Events


AIChE

Young Professionals Event


BASEBALL !!!!


We will be attending the Tennessee Smokies baseball game versus
West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx on Saturday June 24, 2006. The game will start at 7:15 PM at the stad
ium
(Interstate 40 at the Dollywood Exit No. 407). Tickets are $10.00 per person.


Contact Beth Young (423)
-
743
-
9141, x1232 or Lauren Moyer (423)
-
229
-
2208 closer to the week of the game, for
more details, including a possible meeting place so we can drive

down together.


Note: "
Young Professionals
"

of all ages are welcome at this event (kids, parents, grandparents, etc.)



Volunteers are needed to help organize an AIChE picnic for August


contact Lauren Moyer (423)
-
229
-
2208.



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Perry’s Handbook Donations


to Regional Universities


nce again, the Section plans to donate two copies of Perry’s Handbooks to the six
-
closest ABET
-
accredited
Chemical Engineering Departments. The schools receiving the handbooks include Tennessee, Virginia
Tech, Clemson, Tennes
see Tech, West Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T. The schools may use the
copies as they wish, but most choose to award them to outstanding students. At Tennessee Tech, last year’s
books were given to the Outstanding Junior and Senior Students. The o
utstanding junior, Clint Robinette,
happens to be from Kingsport and will begin a co
-
op assignment at Eastman this fall.
Clint and the other
co
-
winner Shannon Wroblewski receiv
ed

their Perry’s from Dr. Ileana Carpen at the annual ChE awards banquet.


We a
re
donating the Platinum Edition of Perry’s, which includes not only the hardcopy but a CD
-
ROM version a
s
well
. This should prove to be a valuable resource to those students who receive one. And when Clint, Shannon
and other deserving students open the c
overs, they will be reminded by an embossed stamp that these books were
given by the East Tennessee Local Section of AIChE.



Volunteer for the 2006
-
2007 Program Planning Committee


Help select and plan out the programs
that
your local AIChE section will
be presenting during the next year
(from

September 2006 through May 2007). Typically there are several meetings at lunch time (one per week) to
determine what types of topics we want to present, and who can we find to present those topics. Lauren Moyer as

the current Program Committee Chair is looking for volunteers. Call her at (423)
-
229
-
2208 or send her an e
-
mail
so she can add you to the meeting notices. Then come to the meeting and lend a hand.




























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Local Section Officers,
Directors, & Support Staff

Chair:

Burts Compton

229
-
8526

Chair
-
Elect and Program Committee Chair:

Lauren Moyer


229
-
2208

Secretary:

Beth Young

743
-
9141(x1232)

Treasurer:

Melina Pahigianis

743
-
9141(x1496)

Directors:

Richard Colberg

229
-
3184


Lee Partin

229
-
5716



Steve Miller

224
-
7350

Local Section Webmaster:

Tim Nolen

229
-
8287

Short
-
Course Coordinator:

Mark Shelton

229
-
4753

Professional Development Coordinator:

Joe Parker

229
-
3850

AIChE Pipeline Newsletter Editors:

Rick Virost

229
-
4479


Heather McNabb

229
-
3
102


ETEAC Representative:

Joey Watson

229
-
6486

Young Professionals Subcommittee

Contacts
:


Lauren Moyer
lmoyer@eastman.com

229
-
2208


Melina Pahigiani
s
mmpahigianis@nuclearfuelservices.com

743
-
9141(x1496)