Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Imperial Swan Hotel - Lakeland 
4141 S Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33813

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Miguel Bravo 
AIChE Central Florida 
(813) 244-8765 

AIChE Central Florida March 2018 Dinner Meeting 

How Engineers Can Work Effectively with Bureaucracies


Speaker: John Wing


 Engineers deal professionally with bureaucracies regarding environmental, safety, permitting, corporate, and legal issues.  Like many of you, I used to get frustrated with bureaucratic actions that I never understood.   Then on a recent visit to the county seat, I discovered to my amazement (and enlightenment) that bureaucrats are basically human beings who understand reality, compassion, practicality, charity, and other human concerns as well as the rest of us. However, in professional matters they operate in a 5th dimension that is understood by millions of bureaucrats worldwide.

    Engineers and bureaucrats are exact opposites, so we will never understand each other.  Bureaucrats implement decisions and rules that have already been made and defined.  Engineers use ingenuity to develop designs and solutions to issues that have not been dealt with. 
     Bureaucracies put policies into practice through rules and regulations that are carried out in an orderly fashion by many bureaucrats.   Bureaucrats are essential to civilization for accomplishing essential tasks in banks, corporations, courts, regulatory agencies, universities, etc. 
      When you disagree with a bureaucracy, accept that you are powerless.  If your disagreement is important, your only hope is to find someone who not only understands your concerns, but also comprehends that 5th dimension.  Such amazing beings have accomplished wonders, benefiting all involved.  I'll cite several interesting & important examples of such accomplishments within the phosphate industry.  Yes, it is possible to punch a wormhole into bureaucrats' 5th dimension!


About the Speaker

  John Wing operates the consulting firm John Wing, PE, LLC. He has BChE and Master of Engineering degrees.  Services to the phosphate industry involved consulting, process design, project management, process development, & production supervision. He was VP of HiTech Solutions and previously employed by other engineering companies and phosphate producers. 

    John engineered or managed projects for most phosphoric acid and phosphate fertilizer plants in North America and many in Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America.  John pioneered the energy-efficient Hemi process at new plants and conversions.  He’s a Professional Engineer, Fellow of AIChE, and frequent provider of technical presentations 




Please Make Your Reservations by March 9th 

Contact AIChE Treasurer Miguel Bravo at: 

reservations@aiche-cf.org  or call (813) 244-8765

March's Dinner Meeting is Sponsored by TBD