Meet Alan Aguirre—Featured YP for November

Where are you from?

Monterrey, Mexico

What company/institution do you work for?

University of Colorado Boulder

Where did you complete/are you completing your chemical engineering education?

University of Colorado Boulder

How many years have you been a member of AIChE?


Describe a recent challenge you managed, notable achievement, or obstacle you overcame at your job or in your work as an AIChE member.

I am collaborating with colleagues and professors to put together a paper to be published in Nature Chemistry. This has been an incredible learning experience of the peer-review process.

What do you do to meet people in your field?

I attend AIChE national meetings, participate in the AIChE YP Mentorship Program, and go out with fellow grad students.

What's the first thought you have when you wake up in the morning?

What experiments would be cool to do today.

If you college had offered a class on real-life skills for the aspiring ChE, what would you want them to teach?

Time-management, writing and presentation skills, and sales.

If you weren't a ChE what would you most want to be?

Physical chemist or an actor.

How many ChEs does it take to screw in a light bulb? a wise ChE knows it is probably best if a technician does it.

Do you have any advice for current or future young professionals reading ChEnected?

Get involved! There are many ways to contribute.

You can read more details about Alan's background here.

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