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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.

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...

The Second Phase of ChE Education

October 23, 2013
What you learn in a ChE degree program is powerful—but once we start work, every chemical engineer finds out they need to learn even more.

May 2015 CEP Preview

May 11, 2015
Energy The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency Enhance your facility’s energy efficiency through operational improvements, effective maintenance, engineered improvements...

Not Your Regular Inspiration

August 10, 2010
Every once in awhile we encounter a piece of writing, a passage or a phrase that strikes a chord with us. It is a grouping of words we will remember for quite some time and can...

The Interview

June 9, 2011
Ah, the interview process. For many, it's a cause of nervous nail-biting and sleepless nights, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here's a recent (2010) graduate's guide to...

ChE Degree has Largest Initial Payback

May 25, 2010
See a more recent salary survey from 2011. After 4 Years of Learning, the Payoff is Here! Good news for the 2010 chemical engineering graduates! According to , your...

Overcoming Organizational Inertia

September 30, 2010
I have been to a dozen refineries over the last 3 years and each one I have been to (I think this applies to any workplace) has had a different culture. There are certain things...

Three Wikipedias?

February 21, 2011
It really bothers me when I see engineering students working on homework that rely upon computer-based references for equations. Not that I am trying to be an old codger and...

Mentoring: Turn Aspirations into Results

January 16, 2012
Our AIChE Fellows/Young Professionals Mentoring Pilot Program was a great success last year, thanks to the Fellows and Young Professionals who participated, and we hope to change...

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013
Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

Talking to Your Bo$$: Operating Costs

November 29, 2010
If you're a chemical engineer and want to discuss operating costs intelligently with your boss, you'll need to understand a number of financial concepts, including gross margin,...

AIChE Career Day at the Chem Show

October 25, 2011
Students from engineering schools in the northeast region are invited at no cost to learn about the experiences of practicing engineers from different business areas. Admission...

Gaining Acceptance as a New Supervisor

February 3, 2011
Part 6 in the series "Tools and Tips for Successful Management and Leadership." So how exactly do you go about gaining acceptance once you've managed to land that new management...

Dow Solutionists in School

June 4, 2012
The Dow Solutionists in School program was created to spark innovation in students. Check out what Dow is doing to fuel interest in chemistry and the sciences.

Negotiating for Financial Success

June 27, 2013
Negotiating salary and other compensation right can really set the pace of your career with a company and beyond. Use these tips to negotiate financial success.

Staying Connected through AIChE's Local Sections

March 17, 2015
Did you know that there are over 90 AIChE local sections worldwide? And all of them exist to serve members like you! The AIChE website introduces local sections with the tagline “...
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