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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.

Insurance for your Chemical Engineering Career

April 5, 2010
What if I told you that you were one exam away from becoming a more employable Chemical Engineer? For many young professionals and recent college graduates who aren't sure about...

John Tao’s First Job

January 26, 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...

Women in Chemical Technology: Wendy Young Reed

June 25, 2013
ChE Wendy Young Reed believes in pursuing passions. She advises: "“Follow your heart. Do something that you’re passionate about.” Hear more about how she's pursued her passions as...

Who Makes the Team?

June 4, 2010
In the June issue of CEP Magazine -- arriving in postal mailboxes this week and online at www.aiche.org/cep/ -- CEP continues its Career Catalyst series with an article about...

Spring Meeting YP Networking Mixer: Why Attend?

February 7, 2012
An AIChE Conference would not be complete without multiple opportunities to network! The Young Professionals are always looking for opportunities to socialize, and the Houston...

YPC Presents an "MBA the ChemE Way" Workshop

October 23, 2012
If you are like most engineers, you didn’t have much time for electives in college – and when you did, economics may not have been your cup of tea. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if...

Become a Better Networker

October 11, 2013
For CEP’s October’s Career Corner “Career Success through Networking,” columnist Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, interviewed Kevin Shulman, president of Shulman Associates, an Iselin, NJ,...

Degrees That Work: Plastics [Video]

March 3, 2010
Plastics touch every aspect of life. Without plastics, much of what we depend on daily at work and home would disappear. Despite its prevalence, the moldable material doesn't...

Are We Ready for Power Play?

August 3, 2010
I was introduced to this topic an year ago and since then employing it as I find it very interesting and useful. Organizational Politics and Power Play are considered as dirty...

Talking to Your Bo$$: Inventory

December 8, 2010
Why does your bo$$ talk about things like inventory control when he asks you about operating costs? Inventory is the aggregate of items that are either held for sale in the...

Career: Job Outlook and Interview Tips

May 31, 2011
The job picture is looking a lot brighter for 2011--the best in three years. According to the latest survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers ( NACE ),...

Book Review: The Innovator's DNA

March 21, 2012
Clayton Christensen is perhaps most famous for identifying the concept of a disruptive innovation – a new technology that introduces new markets and new ways that people interact...

Book Review: Great Webinars

January 14, 2013
Need to create a jaw-dropping presentation? Cynthia Clay’s Great Webinars can help chemical engineers create presentations that are more captivating and informative.

Ethics and the Chemical Engineer

December 12, 2013
What do future chemical engineering leaders know about ethics? Ethics and safety have become a major part of the chemical engineering profession. AIChE's 2013 Gala in November...

What’s It Like to Be an AIChE WISE Intern?

December 2, 2014
In 2014, AIChE sponsored three students to take part in WISE Internships in Washington, DC. Hear about their experiences in this interview with Rosemarie Wesson of AIChE's Board...

The History of Science as a Modern London Tube Map

September 23, 2010
Crispian Jago, an IT consultant from Hampshire , England, is Science and Reason's most viscerally comic defender. He lampoons the world's religions and pseudo sciences from his...

Upcoming Local YP Section Events

January 4, 2012
Upcoming Events for the Chicago, Northern California, South Texas and Puget Sound Young Professionals Sections

The World Needs Engineering Judgment

April 9, 2014
William Banholzer, retired Dow Chemical CTO, gave an insightful and wide-ranging address on the the state of technology changes for the future, and the chemical engineer’s special...

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...

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...

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...
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