Volume 14 Issue 5 M Pahigianis and N McMillan, Co-Editors October 2007
NEWSLETTER OF THE EAST TENNESSEE SECTION OF AIChE
Local section website Local section mailing address
http://www.tnengineering.net/AICHE/ PO Box 3488 Kingsport, TN 37664-3488
October AIChE Meeting
What: "An Update on Carbon Sequestration and Enhanced Coalbed
Methane Recovery in Central Appalachia"
Who: Dr. Michael Karmis, Director, Virginia Center for Coal and
Energy Research, Virginia Tech
When: Tuesday, October 16th, 2007. 11:30 Lunch Available (Please
bring your own drink) Program begins at Noon
Where: Eastman Research Lecture Room, B-150C, Kingsport
PDH Credits: Available
RSVP: Pizza Lunch: Please RSVP to Tim Nolen at
email@example.com or 423-229-8287 by October 15th. If not a current
Eastman employee, let us know so we can meet you with a visitor's
The Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER)
leads an interdisciplinary coalition of researchers to identify
potential carbon sequestration sinks in Central Appalachia
and Alabama and to test the storage of CO2 in coal seams.
The team is investigating the potential for unmineable coal
seams to sequester carbon dioxide emissions, while
promoting Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery (ECMR).
Under this scheme, injected carbon dioxide is adsorbed and
stored on the coal surface thus releasing additional methane
that can be commercially recovered. Carbon sequestration
into unmineable coal seams, therefore, allows the utilization of unexploited mineral resources, while
reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposed commercial-scale sequestration project will store over 100,000 tons of anthropogenic CO2
in partially depleted CBM fields in the Central Appalachian Basin. Rigorous measurement, monitoring
and verification tools will be used to ensure the storage and integrity of the stored CO2 plume. The
research goals of this project are to verify the ability of coal seams to store large volumes of CO2 and to
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quantify the ECBM recovery potential. Funding from DOE will be requested for this task with
significant cost-share already committed by the industrial partners, local and regional organizations and
the Appalachian states.
Dr. Michael Karmis is the Stonie Barker Professor, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering,
Virginia Tech and the Director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research. His broad research
interests are in mine planning and design, ground control, mine health and safety, carbon sequestration
and the sustainable development of energy and natural resources. He has authored more than 150
scientific papers, reports, Proceedings volumes and textbooks.
A Professional Engineer, Dr. Karmis has been active in consulting with the minerals industry, consulting
companies, government organizations and legal firms. He served as the 2002 President of the Society for
Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and he is the President-Elect (2008) of the American
Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He is a Distinguished Member of
the SME, a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and
Mining. He has received numerous recognitions and awards by major scientific, professional and
AIChE Program Committee Chair
Message from the Chair
A s it is with the American political system, November is a time for choosing
leadership for this local section of AIChE. The Board is currently in the
process of soliciting nominations for officer elections for the 2008 Board of
Directors. While we would hope that our campaigns do not get as messy as the
governmental elections sometimes do, we do like to see interesting elections with
a healthy slate of candidates for each office. As usual, the offices of Secretary,
Treasurer, Vice-Chair (serves as Chairperson in 2009), and one Director (a three
year term) will be chosen during the November elections. These roles allow
members to have a direct impact on the activities and priorities of the local
section, give opportunities to improve leadership skills, and allow members to get
to know many of the other local section members. They generally do not require
extremely large time commitments when compared with the benefits gained from them. If you know
someone who might be interested in leading the Section in one of these roles or if you have any
questions about the duties of the various officers, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-
239-9653 by October 31. Self-nominations are accepted and even encouraged!
We will have our first lunch meeting of the program year on October 16 with a very interesting talk on
Carbon Sequestration research being done right here in the Appalachian Mountains. With the current
focus on reduction of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide, this is a timely topic on a field of study that
is rapidly gaining attention. I hope to see everyone there!
2007 East Tennessee Section Chair
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Report on the October Meeting
The AIChE September program was Fossil fun!
Over 50 members of AIChE and their families, including employees from Eastman Chemical Company
and Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. toured the Gray Fossil Site Museum on September 13th. The museum
opened earlier this fall, and is a great addition to the area. From stepping through the ancient animals'
habitat and learning about different types of species to seeing a behind the scenes tour of the actual fossil
site and learning about the delicate process of uncovering fossils, the trip was both educational and fun!
Afterwards, members of AIChE dined at the Crazy Tomato in Colonial Heights.
The fossil site was uncovered in 2000 by highway contractors working on State Route 75.
Investigations later determined the deposit to be late Miocene in age (between 7-4.5 million years ago).
This is the only Miocene site in Appalachia. For more details about the museum, including operating
hours and prices, visit their website: http://www.etsu.edu/grayfossilsite/
AIChE Program Committee
(above) The façade of the recently-opened Gray Fossil
Site Museum beckons visitors to enter. (Upper right)
Members of the East Tenneessee AIChE chapter wait
expectantly for entrance to the Gray Fossil Site Museum.
(Right) Children of chemical engineers crane their necks
to catch a glimpse of the final resting hole of many
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What: Biodiesel Opportunities
Who: Jonathan Overly, Director of East Tennessee Biofuels
When: Tuesday, November 13th, 2007. 11:45 (lunch), Noon lecture
Where: Eastman Research Lecture Room, B-150C, Kingsport
PDH credits available.
2007 AIChE Annual Meeting Registration
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 4 -9, 2007
Salt Palace Convention Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
J oin nearly 4,000 engineers and scientists at the 2007 Annual
Meeting to learn about the most recent innovations, trends
and concerns in the field today and identify new issues and direction for the future. This year's meeting
will feature Core Programming and 16 Topical Conferences, together comprising nearly 700
technical sessions, focusing on the growth areas that matter most including: Energy, Biotechnology,
Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and Environmental/Sustainability.
The 2008 AIChE Centennial Celebration Begins Now!
A IChE celebrates 100 years in 2008. AIChE brings
the excitement and the festivities to you a full
seven months early. You can keep up with all events
related to the AIChE centennial from a new page on
the AIChE website:
Join us as we celebrate the centennial of AIChE’s founding. Over the next 2 years this
space will grow to feature important events and developments, people and schools.
And while we’re celebrating the past we’ll also be looking to the future, incorporating
contributions from student members and content especially for younger students.
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Keep Up With the Local Section Online
Did you know that as National AIChE celebrates 100 years, our Local Section celebrates 63 years? If the
TEC Junior Chemical Engineer's Club (organized December 7, 1943) is included, the section is 65 years
Thanks to the hard work of our Webmaster Tim Nolen, everything from the history of the local section
to current meetings can be found on our website (www.tnengineering.net/AICHE). The website includes
the Local Section Bylaws, List of Officers from 1945 to present, and an archive of Pipeline Newsletters
- to mention only a few aspects of the information covered. Photos from past events can be found, along
with contact information for the Local Board. Review the site occasionally and keep up with the local
2007 Local Section Officers, Directors, & Support Staff
Chair: Lauren Moyer 229-2208
Chair-Elect and Program Committee Chair: Tim Nolen 229-8287
Secretary: Luke Stewart 229-5173
Treasurer: Megan Nelson 229-8210
Directors: Lee Partin 229-5716
Steve Miller 224-7350
Heather McNabb 229-3102
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: Melina Pahigianis 229-1422
Noah McMillan 229-8114
ETEAC Representative: Joey Watson 229-6486
Young Professionals Subcommittee Contacts:
Lauren Moyer email@example.com 229-2208
Melina Pahigianis firstname.lastname@example.org 229-1422
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