AIChE maintains a close working relationship with a number of other engineering and scientific organizations in the U.S. and around the world. These organizations may span the engineering disciplines or focus on one particular aspect of technology. Here is a partial list of groups with which AIChE is actively engaged:
American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)
AAES is a multidisciplinary organization of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the knowledge, understanding, and practice of engineering. AAES member societies, including AIChE, represent the mainstream of U.S. engineering in industry, government and academia. The Engineering Workforce Commission, which monitors statistics on engineering salaries, hiring, enrollment and degree trends, is among AAES’s activities.
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
In 1932, AIChE was among the founding members of ABET in an effort to assure the quality of chemical engineering education. Today, ABET accredits more than 3,100 programs at over 660 colleges and universities in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Many AIChE members volunteer their time and energy to participate in the accreditation process.
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
AIChE’s Society for Biological Engineering is a member of AIMBE’s Council of Societies, which coordinates interaction among professional and scientific organizations in medical and biological engineering. AIMBE is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, representing individuals, universities, societies, and industry.
Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)
Based in Philadelphia, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers and books chronicling chemistry’s impact on society. Its museum, lectures and other public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology. AIChE was a founder of CHF, along with the American Chemical Society and the University of Pennsylvania.
Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association
ECC, an AIChE affiliate, is an organization of owners, contractors, and suppliers committed to improving capital projects and the global competitiveness of its members. ECC’s conference provides the leading annual forum for information exchange among these constituencies.
Engineers Forum on Sustainability (EFS)
AIChE and its Institute for Sustainability have taken a leadership role in this multi-disciplinary effort, under the aegis of AAES, to promote the principles and practices of sustainable development. Incorporating sustainability principles in engineering education and keeping abreast of international development that can contribute to global sustainability are among its purposes.
Five major, long-established, discipline-specific engineering societies (AIChE; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, or AIME; the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE) are collectively known as the “Founder Societies.” Together, these societies undertake joint activities, including the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and related activities, as well as a more recent program on carbon management.
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
NCEES is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. Working with volunteers, including representatives of AIChE, it develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering licensure by the various licensing boards across the United States.
United Engineering Foundation (UEF)
UEF is a successor organization to the United Engineering Society, founded in 1904 with the support of Andrew Carnegie. AIChE is one of UEF’s five constituent societies. Through its grant program, UEF supports broad-based, interdisciplinary programs that advance the engineering profession as a whole or that further engineering education.
World Chemical Engineering Council (WCEC)
Recognizing that a world of finite resources requires innovative chemical engineering to successfully address global problems and produce better products, several of the world’s major chemical engineering societies and regional confederations joined forces to form the WCEC. AIChE is represented on the WCEC Executive Committee.