About two years ago, I was faced with a decision. I was a few weeks away from graduating with my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering when I received an email from a friend. He was recruiting graduating students to act as liaisons between AIChE’s Young Professionals Advisory Board (now the Young Professionals Committee; YPC) and student chapters, and wanted me to get involved. I had done a lot of work with AIChE as an undergrad, both at my local UMass Amherst student chapter and on AIChE’s Executive Student Committee. That involvement allowed me to meet some amazing people and to develop leadership skills — but as a grad student, I wasn’t sure that I would have enough time to remain active in AIChE, or how my AIChE experience would change as I transitioned from student to young, working professional.
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