August 7th, 2014 Douglas Clark | Comments (0)Where are you from? Topeka, Kansas What company/institution do you work for? Burns & McDonnell Where did you complete/are you completing your chemical engineering education? University of Kansas How many years have you been a member of AIChE? Five Describe a recent challenge you managed, notable achievement, or obstacle you overcame at your job or in your work as an AIChE member. When I joined the Kansas City Local Section officer board in 2012, one issue that we had to deal with was trying to develop an attractive programming plan while working with a limited budget. As our meeting attendance has risen along with venue and food costs over the past few years, our section operating costs have also increased. In order to continue to improve our programming and attract members to our events, the 2013 officer group put together a corporate sponsorship program in order to reach out to local companies for financial support. The corporate sponsorship program was introduced in 2014, when I took over as Local Section Chair, and it has been a great success for our chapter. In the first year, we secured sponsorship for four of our monthly chapter meetings, greatly alleviating some of our financial burden. What do you do to meet people in your field? I’ve met many people in my field through my involvement with AIChE. I’ve networked with ChemEs at both Local Section events and national events, particularly the Local Section Leaders Workshops. There are two types of ChemEs… those who_______ and those who ________. 1) Love thermodynamics 2) Accept it as a necessary evil. What’s the first thought you have when you wake up in the morning? Where’s my coffee? Or, do I have time to go for a run before work? LinkedIn profile or through his Facebook page.
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