01 December 2015

New IChemE member group launched in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago member group launch
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Professional Engineers or Trinidad and Tobago (APETT). The Memorandum cements a commitment by both organisations to build and sustain an active chemical engineering community, via a shared mission and shared resources.

The signing ceremony took place in October at the launch of IChemE’s latest regional member group in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, Over 100 chemical engineers gathered at the University of Trinidad and Tobago to hear more about the group’s plans.

Group chair and BP process engineering manager, Maurice Massiah, welcomed participants to the event. Outlining IChemE’s ambition for the new community, he said: “For the first time ever we have an active community of process and chemical engineers sharing their experience, skills and insight, with the full support by an internationally recognised institution. And this is just the beginning of our journey.”

Professor David Roderick McGaw, Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of West Indies, drew on the importance of bringing academia and industry together. He said; “In order to focus our research so that it has practical applications, we need to have an understanding of global developments that will influence our decision making. A connection with IChemE is therefore, hugely important.”

Industry support was expressed by Atlantic LNG Trinidad and Tobago’s vice president, Caroline Sirju-Ramnarine’s. She said: “This is a strong collective, which can influence for positive change. It can leverage its cumulative talents and expertise to be the authoritative voice - not only for the profession, but also for issues critical to a sustainable future in Trinidad and Tobago.”

IChemE’s director of international development, Neil Atkinson, signed the Memorandum and presented two accolades at the event. Professor McGraw was recognised with a ‘Senior Fellow’ Award for his contribution to the chemical engineering profession. Michelle Aqing, process safety engineer at Atlantic LNG, was presented with a certificate confirming her IChemE Associate Member Process Safety status – the first to receive the recognition in Trinidad and Tobago.

A programme of forthcoming activities will be published shortly. Information relating to IChemE’s Trinidad and Tobago members group can be found here.

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