Professional Development


2015 AIChE Salary Survey

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.

Maria K. Burka’s First Job

February 9, 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...

Working in Other Cultures

January 3, 2012
As someone who regularly works outside the US, the dynamics of how other cultures work interests me - both as a theoretical and practical exercise. This drew me to an AIChE...

The Many Paths to Careers in Science

June 29, 2012
If hearing true, personal stories about science (often both funny and touching) excites you, then The Story Collider's real-life monologues about the unexpected ways in which...

2011 Annual Conference: Recap

October 19, 2011
The Young Professionals have a unique opportunity within AIChE to serve as an interface between the student groups and Professionals, Fellows and Professors. One of the objectives...

Where Are All the Women?

December 6, 2012
Adina D. Sterling, assistant professor of strategy at Washington University Olin Business School, shares her own thoughts and experiences and invites your opinions on STEM gender...

Dr. John McKetta, Jr. Honored at Spring Meeting

April 30, 2013
Numerous AIChE members from academia and industry gathered Monday evening to honor the lifelong achievements and contributions of Dr. John McKetta, Jr., whose career touched the...

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 -- 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...

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...
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