Sister Chapters

AIChE 2015-2016 Sister Chapter Program

Purpose

AIChE is rapidly expanding with increasing amount of student chapters starting around the globe. In order to help the chemical engineers of tomorrow get acquainted with different cultures and customs, AIChE is looking to help these students network with each other while still in school. The Sister Chapters program helps prepare our students for the increasingly global environment they will enter upon graduation.  This program complements AIChE global development initiatives by connecting AIChE Student Chapters from different countries to form yearlong partnerships throughout the academic year.  Calls for participation will go out in September when the school year begins, and Student Chapters can elect to participate yearly in the program.  The goal of the Sister Chapter Program is to match up Student Chapters from different countries and allow them to network with Chemical Engineers in different parts of the world.  We also encourage chapters to discuss their Student Chapter goals and give each other ideas on how to improve their Student Chapters.

Goals 

  • Increase international awareness of, connection to, and involvement with AIChE
  • Build an ongoing relationship between International and American AIChE student chapters
  • Connect future chemical engineers from around the globe with AIChE
  • Provide insight into AIChE student chapters to other chemical engineering academic programs and fields of interest around the globe.

How to become a Sister Chapter—Participation Requirements/ Timeline

  • September- November: Call for Participation Form will be sent out to all Student Chapter Presidents and Advisors.  Chapters who wish to participate in the program will fill out the form and can request to remain matched with a Sister Chapter if they already have an established relationship.  Chapters without an active sister chapter relationship will be matched up during this Call for Participation.

  • December: AIChE Sister Chapter matches will be sent out.

  • December - June: Minimum suggested monthly participation will include (1) monthly video conference between the chapters.  Afterwards, chapters will compose an article outlining what was discussed, any difficulties encountered and how they worked together. These articles should be uploaded to the form here each month.  

  • June: Chapters will submit an evaluation and can apply for the Sister Chapter Award (more information coming soon).  Winning Chapters will be invited to present during the Sister Chapter Workshop at the Annual Student Conference the following year.  

Discussion Topics for Sister Chapter Meetings

a. Introduce your Country: Introduce your AIChE Student Chapter, University Campus, and Country.  Take photos of interesting places and send them to your sister chapter. 


b. Mentor each other’s Student Chapters:  What events are the most successful for your Student Chapter? How does your Student Chapter fundraise for events?  What areas does your chapter need to improve?  Exchange ideas and try to help both chapters improve.  Refer to this page for ideas on Student Chapter Resources.


c. Recipe Exchange:  Send each other a recipe that highlights the regional cuisine of your Country/City.  Then both chapters can cook the recipe together and discuss how they enjoyed the recipe. 


d. Local Industry: What are the environmental concerns in your Country that can be solved by Chemical Engineering?  What are big companies/industries in your region that hire chemical engineers?


e. Research Presentations:  Do any members of your Student Chapter work in a research lab?  Have a member from each Chapter give a short presentation on the research that they are doing.  This gives both chapters an opportunity to learn about Chemical Engineering research that is being done in different areas of the world. 

Resources

  • Sister Chapter Program Overview and Brainstorming Session presented by the Executive Student Committee

Questions? Email us at studentchapters@aiche.org.

Current Sister Chapter Matches

Wayne State University Universidad del Atlantico
UC Irvine Suez University
University of Kentucky Universidad Nacional de Colombia- Bogota
Washington State University Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria
University of illinois, Urbana-Champaign Universidade Estadual de Maringa
StonyBrook University Koc University
Texas A&M University Nazarbayev University
United States Military Academy Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Osun State
Cornell University NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology
Arizona State University Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
Ohio University Universiti Teknologi Mara
University of Michigan Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Medellin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology KAIST
University of Iowa Texas A&M University, Qatar
University of Delaware VIT University, Vellore
Purdue University National University of Singapore
Stevens Institute of Technology Institut Teknologi Bandung
Brigham Young University BITS- Pilani, Dubai Campus
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
MIchigan Technological University Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
University of Cincinnati Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
University of Florida Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras
Mississippi State University Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras