Gulf Coast (US)
The Gulf Coast Member Group emerged following the appointment of Maurice Wilkins as IChemE’s first Senior Ambassador in the USA. The group held its first meeting in Houston in July 2013 with the then IChemE President, Russell Scott, in attendance.
Scott’s visit prompted a positive response and plans were initiated to develop a formal regional member group with Houston, Texas as a geographical centre. Local members met again in January 2014 to hear a technical presentation from Yokagawa on cyber security issues. IChemE director, Andy Furlong, was in attendance to support the meeting and encourage volunteers to come forward and form the nucleus of a leadership group.
The group met in Houston for a third time in June 2014 with Bechtel offering technical content in the shape of an update on the use of GE LM6000 gas turbine for LNG mechanical drive applications. A volunteer committee was confirmed and planning commenced on a programme of technical, social and IChemE member networking activities through 2015 and beyond.
The US Gulf Coast Group is member-led and serves as a focal point for professional chemical engineers in Texas and the Gulf Coast states. The group aims to bring IChemE members together for technical discussions in an informal setting, social events and networking activity, Primary goals include mentoring and the development of structures that will encourage the uptake of professional qualifications, including Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer, as well as building support for IChemE’s Chemical Engineering Matters initiative and strengthening connections between IChemE’s world-wide membership.
You can contact the members group via the member group support team.