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2015 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2015
Salary Survey
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $127,000 — a 5.8% increase over the median reported in 2013. This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress.

Managing Innovation in ConocoPhillips R&D

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00pm
ConocoPhillips was formed in 2002 and it developed several approaches to developing a robust R&D portfolio. These initiatives were launched to...

Graduate School vs. Job Experience

February 28, 2012
Should you continue on for a master's degree? What about an MBA instead? Or maybe just plain work experience is the better route? If you've ever wondered what these options might...

Houston's SURGE Energy Accelerator Wants You!

December 11, 2012
Open to companies from all over the world, Surge is the only accelerator in the U.S. focused completely on energy software. It's now accepting applications for its second spring...

What Is the Goal?

May 14, 2013
When is the last time you read a novel that offered insights you could apply on the job as a process engineer? Check out the classic The Goal for a must-read drama that takes...

Business Model Innovation (Book Review)

July 21, 2015
Business Model Innovation: Concepts, Analysis, and Cases by Allan Afuah. Routledge, 2014. 358 + xvi pages. US$73.95 (soft cover). Many chemical engineers spend their entire...

Three Key Principles of People Management

August 31, 2010
Tools and Tips for Successful Management and Leadership Series As an effective leader, you know that you will only succeed, and the business objectives will only be accomplished,...

Career Paths for ChEs

February 1, 2011
What do you want to be when you get out of school? This article discusses answers to this question for chemical engineers.

K-12 Outreach: Hershey Company Shadow Program

November 25, 2011
For the past several years, the Susquehanna AIChE chapter has sponsored a shadow program for high school students at a handful of local businesses. One of the most active programs...

AIChE After Graduation

May 11, 2012
The transition from student to professional is not always an easy one. If you are like many student members, you may not be aware of how to fit into AIChE as a professional and...

Building a Leadership Portfolio

February 17, 2014
Networking is a great way to build your resume and professional contacts, and you can use it to develop leadership opportunities.

February 2015 CEP Preview

February 18, 2015
Ethics Examining Your Engineering Responsibility Engineering ethics frequently has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with communication, thought and decision-...

2010 LDC Reflections : Be the Owner!

June 8, 2010
Mr. Brian Ferguson, Chairman-- American Chemistry Council and Chairman-Board of Eastman Chemical Company , delivered the keynote speech on "Chemical Industry Leadership Challenges...

Dr. Joseph Cramer's Interview with My Footpath

October 22, 2010
My Footpath recently conduced an interview with AIChE 's Director of Technical Programing, Dr. Joseph Cramer. My Footpath is a Website that helps navigate the often confusing...

What does networking mean to you?

September 23, 2011
Lately there's been a lot of talk at AIChE about networking. We'd like to know what chemical engineers really think about what could be done to help. Take our three-question...

Meet Jon Haughton — Featured YP for April

April 9, 2013
Meet Jon Haughton, this month's Featured YP, who is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a wide range of interests and some smart advice for other young...

Lessons on Leading Change

June 6, 2014
What type of leader are you, and what are your strongest abilities? Learning to lead means understanding where your strengths as a leader lie so you can also learn to manage your...

Book Review: Navigating Strategic Decisions

May 4, 2015
Navigating Strategic Decisions: The Power of Sound Analysis and Forecasting by John E. Triantis. CRC Press, 2013. 405 + xxix pages. US$104.95 (hard cover). Every day we make...

Designing an Effective Poster

August 9, 2010
Engineers routinely optimize process designs; poster designs need optimization, too. In the August 2010 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) magazine, L. P. Driskill, a...

Talking to Your Bo$$: Taxes and Conclusion

December 15, 2010
Tax decisions can affect chemical engineers as they take their projects from the lab to the field. Learn more about how you can learn to make wise tax-related decisions that will...

AIChE Mentorship Program: Call for Mentees

November 13, 2011
Mentorship is a type of networking. Networking is the deliberate and systematic process of building and maintaining relationships based on mutual benefit. Research suggests that...

Jennifer Curtis's First Job

February 16, 2011
There’s no such thing as starting at the top for most people. Learn how some of today’s prominent chemical engineers got their start in the working world in this weekly series of...

How Do Chemical Engineers Use Social Media?

August 30, 2011
Since Linkedin was launched in 2005, social media has increasingly played a role in our lives, both personal and professional. A recent New York Times article discussed the idea...

Advice for Young Job Seekers

August 6, 2012
The question students ask most is what can they do to get a job in engineering, but often the answer lies with people they already know. Read more about how others have found jobs...

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Clean Tech Leaders

March 26, 2013
Have chemical engineering programs become divorced from the world and people they serve? One program has a new approach to focusing chemical engineering students on the world's...

Becoming a Leader

August 5, 2013
Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine talks to senior executive coach Mike Martorella to learn how engineers can become successful leaders.

Your First Year as a Manager

May 1, 2014
If you are considering or have been offered a management position, how are things going to change for you? What is that first year going to be like? Dr. Jonathan Worstell outlined...

Should You Go Broad or Deep?

February 26, 2010
Are you specialized? Greetings from Mid Michigan ! And welcome to my inaugural blog entry. To specialize or not to specialize? This is a question many young professionals ponder...

Help Us Get Our Coursework Right

July 6, 2010
Did you ever find yourself sitting in class wishing anyone had asked you what subjects to cover? Well now you can get your wish because AIChE is planning on offering on-line...

Snapback Hats - The Leading Choice of Celebrities

November 22, 2010
New Era snapback hats is a firm with a very abundant history that goes back to New York in 1920. New Era snapback hats are the only snapback hats used by players in the MLB and...

Could Less Math Make Better Engineers?

April 29, 2011
Recently an interesting argument about academic programs for engineers was brought to our attention. There's long been the stereotype of the engineer who lack social skills as...

When the Dream Job Doesn't Appear

May 16, 2013
Didn't find your dream job right out of college? Or looking for a job while still in school? Hear how one chemical engineer is tackling the job search and learn from his...

A Grad Student’s Right Decision

November 18, 2013
Learn how one grad student in biological engineering has increased his professional reach and enriched his career as a volunteer.

Women in Chemical Technology: Takara Scott

September 30, 2014
Takara Scott says that when other kids wanted to play with Barbies and watch Power Rangers, she wanted to play with a microscope and watch science documentaries.

Famous Women Chemical Engineers

August 31, 2010
Marie Curie One morning this week, I heard an interesting but disheartening story on the BBC Radio. The story was called " Famous female scientists are unknown to UK public . A...

Charlene Wall-Warren’s First Job

February 2, 2011
There’s no such thing as starting at the top for most people. Learn how some of today’s prominent chemical engineers got their start in the working world in this weekly series of...

What is SIOC?

December 2, 2011
AIChE is organized into three “operating councils” that manage many of the activities of AIChE. The Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) is the one of these that has primary...

Finding the Right Career in Chemical Engineering

February 28, 2013
Not sure where your place is in the world of chemical engineering? Robert Szczesniak wasn't sure either, but he found a great fit. Today, he travels the world working on different...

Environmental Engineer Turns Brewmaster

June 26, 2013
Cody Martin, who says his beer is "made in Texas by Texans," was working as an environmental engineer when he became obsessed with becoming a brewmaster.

After School Special — The Sequel

June 9, 2010
More Advice for New Grads Spring is graduation season, and nearly 3,000 student members of AIChE are expected to graduate this year. To welcome them to the profession, the...

International Women’s Day and Engineers

March 8, 2011
International Women's Day is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. This is the definition from the...

ChemEs and Career Transitions

October 25, 2012
Many ChemEs go through one or more career transitions and need different skills or expertise in each new position. Have you made a career transition? I want to hear about it.

Looking Back: Oil Exploration Before Big Data

April 11, 2013
Watch as George Laguros, Geophysicist for the Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston, Texas, talks about analyzing seismic data in the present and reminisces about the days of...
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