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DIERS 2018 Elections

DIERS held elections during the month of January 2018 for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair/Secretary and for the six Operating Committee roles. The results of the election are shown below.

Chair Harold G.Fisher
Vice Chair / Secretary Georges A. Melhem
Finance Chair Wayne Chastain
Meeting Arrangements Chair Russell B. Merriam
Membership & Resources Chair Marc E. Levin
Outreach Chair Robert D’Alessandro
Program Chair R. (Gabe) Wood
Projects - General Technology Chair Gregory G. Hendrickson
Staff Liaison Anil Gokhale, CCPS Director of Projects

 Chair and Vice Chair

The Chair of DIERS shall provide overall leadership of the activities of DIERS and will also chair the Operating Committee. The Chair shall have responsibility for issuing technical meeting announcements and the Vice Chair shall have responsibility for issuing technical meeting minutes. The Chair shall report directly to the Managing Board.

The Chair and Vice Chair, who shall be Senior Members or Fellows of AIChE and have broad recognition among AIChE members in two-phase relief system design, shall be elected by DIERS membership for a 3-year term, and approved by the President of AIChE in concert with the AIChE Executive Director. The Chair may be elected to a maximum of three consecutive 3-year terms.

 Operating Committee

The Operating Committee shall organize and lead the overall activities of DIERS under leadership of the DIERS Chair. These activities should be determined through an annual planning process, with budgets approved by the Managing Board.

The Operating Committee shall be comprised of no fewer than seven committee members and not more than eleven, including:

  • Past Chair, who assumes office upon completing term as Chair
  • Chair, who is elected by the membership
  • Vice Chair/Secretary, who is elected by the membership
  • DIERS Staff Director, and
  • At least three, and up to seven at-large committee members who are members of DIERS.

All members of the Operating Committee shall be Senior Members or Fellows of AIChE, except that up to two DIERS members who are members in good standing of another national engineering organization of rank equivalent to AIChE Senior Member or Fellow may be elected as at-large members of the Operating Committee. In the event that a current Chair is re-elected to a consecutive term, the current Past Chair will remain as Past Chair.

Election of Chair, Vice Chair/Secretary, and at-large Operating Committee members, shall occur every three years. Election procedures shall follow standard procedure for AIChE Divisions, Forums, and Technical Entities.

 DIERS Operating Committee Duties and Responsibilities
  • Past Chair
  • Chair - Plan, Lead, Organize, and Control (Accountable)
  • Vice-Chair / Secretary - Minutes and Correspondence
  • AIChE Staff Director - Duties in DIERS By-laws
  • Meeting Arrangements Chair - Venue Selection, Meeting Dates, Meeting Notices, Registration, Attendance, Location, & Hotel Contract / Catering
  • Program Chair - Call for / Selection of Speakers, Preparation of Meeting Agenda, and Industrial Visits (during meetings)
  • Membership and Resource Chair - Membership Solicitations, Greetings, Computer Access, Website Posting, Maintenance, Library, and DIERS Publications
  • Finance Chair - Raise DIERS Funds (Corporate Sponsors / Institution Sponsors / Donations); Prepare, Monitor, and Maintain Budgets
  • General Technology Projects Chair - Internal and Non-Funded Projects
  • Special Technology Projects Chair - Company and Institutional Funded Projects
  • Outreach Chair - Education (e.g., SACHE), Training, External Conference (e.g., CCPS Global Congress) Organization, Recognition, Globalization, and Service Activities
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