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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.

CEP: YPOV - Engineering Your Job Change through Networking

January
2015
YPOV
Sarah Ewing
In the current job market, people rarely stay employed with the same company that hired them after college for their entire career. If you want to take control of your career and make a job change that is consistent with your professional and personal goals, allow enough time to weigh the pros and cons instead of making the decision on a whim. The most critical step in this process is not updating your resumé, but making sure that the new position will be a good fit and not just a quick fix. I like to think of changing jobs as a process with four key steps: recognizing that it is time to move on, deciding where you want to go, determining what you need to get there, and then networking your way in.

CEP: YPOV Your Career as a Volunteer

March
2013
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
To surpass the merely adequate, and to accomplish something noteworthy, requires one to take on tasks that are unstated and to solve problems that others may not have even noticed. Depending on the structure of your work environment, there may be...

YPOV: Is a Nontraditional ChemE Career for You?

September
2015
YPOV
Victor Manrique
The rapid growth of technology, globalization, the changing demographics of the workforce — all of these factors have eliminated the former notion of a linear career path. Modern-day employment requires workers to be adaptable to any and every...

CEP: Career Corner - Don’t Stop Learning

December
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
When was the last time you learned something new for your job? A generation ago, chemical engineers could expect to settle into a well-defined position at one company and remain there for an entire career. Today, things could not be more different. Many engineers change jobs at least once, or take on additional responsibilities that require new knowledge and skills.

AIChE Journal Highlight: A Sustainable Approach to Process Safety

November
2015
Journal Highlight
Process safety engineering involves the use of fundamental engineering knowledge (e.g., thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and kinetics) to develop and apply measures to prevent, mitigate, and respond to catastrophic incidents. The objective of this...

A New Norm for the PhD Workforce?

November 20, 2015
Increasing number of young professionals pursuing PhDs far outstrips the number of tenure-track faculty positions available, making an academic career the exception today rather...

October 2015 CEP Preview

October 19, 2015
This month, CEP's main feature looks at a systems approach to environmental management and sustainability. You'll also find in this issue a look at Israel's chemicals industry,...

Is a Nontraditional ChemE Career for You?

September 15, 2015
A chemical engineering degree makes you more than ready for a wide variety of careers, including those that are usually considered nontraditional.
AIChE sends undergraduates to Washington, DC, each summer as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This year’s interns were (from left): Kathleen Wu, Yale Univ.; Jill Schoborg, Iowa State Univ.; and Jami Summey-Rice, Univ. of Houston.

WISE Interns Complete DC Assignments

September 17, 2015
This summer, three chemical engineering students explored the interface between engineering and public policy as AIChE’s 2015 WISE (Washington Internships for Students of...

How Green Is Your School?

August 12, 2015
Prospective college students interested in comparing colleges based on their commitment to environmentalism can look to Sierra Magazine’s ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of...

YP ChEnectees of AIChE Spring - Meet Nemoy Rau

May 5, 2010
In our third installment of YP ChEnectees of AIChE Spring, I present AIChE member, Nemoy Rau. Nemoy Rau is YP member of AIChE who I was able to interview during one of the YP (...

Join the AIChE Ambassador Program!

February 7, 2011
How would you like the satisfaction of helping undergraduate ChemEs? And wouldn't you like the chance to share your knowledge and experience gained over the years? Become an...

Meet a Young Professional Local Section: Chicago

December 31, 2011
This past year was a busy year for the Young Professional Advisory Board Chicago local section. Our YP group has grown tremendously over the past few years with several new active...

Moving from Student to Chemical Engineer

March 5, 2013
ChEnected interviewed Sarah Ewing about moving from school to the business world on a video chat recently. Sarah graduated from UC Irvine 2010 with B.S. Chemical Engineering, and...

After School Special—A Road Map to AIChE

October 28, 2010
In the spirit of the new school year, I thought I'd educate some young professionals and students about how AIChE works. The hope is that you'll discover which areas of AIChE seem...

Three Cheers for Science!

April 6, 2011
Ready to bust some stereotypes? How about some brainy cheerleaders all pumped up for science? Check out the video in the panel to the right. The Science Cheerleaders were founded...

Self-Taught Sixteen-Year-Old Inventor Wows MIT

November 30, 2012
Leaving Sierra Leone for the first time, 16-year-old Kelvin Doe flew to the US to participate in MIT's fabled practitioner's program, where he demo-ed his soldered and duct-taped...

Balancing Life & Career: Is It All or Nothing?

April 24, 2013
Finding a balance between work and life is difficult for many, but the challenge seems even greater for women in STEM careers. Could a long-term view the best approach to tackling...

June 2015 CEP Preview

June 16, 2015
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.

The Job Offer

June 20, 2011
So, you've been made an offer. Congratulations! If you're just out of school and facing a tough job market, chances are this will be an easy decision for you. But if you're one of...

Spring Meeting YP Mixer

April 30, 2012
Thank you to all the Young Professionals (YP) who attended this year’s Spring Meeting Mixer. We had a great turnout of sixty YPs that are eager to get “Chenected” with the...

Transitioning to Management

June 14, 2013
Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine interviews senior executive coach Mike Martorella for advice on making the transition from engineer to manager.

Women in Chemical Technology: Sheri Oslick

January 14, 2015
Sheri Oslick is an attorney whose practice focuses on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Learn about her science background and the path she took to find her career.

Who Are You Designing For?

October 18, 2010
The life of the desk engineer is a strange one. You sit in the office and make decisions. You develop ideas and implement change where the biggest direct impact of your work is...

How Can "Lean" Help You Achieve Better Results?

March 2, 2011
Have you been hearing the term Lean used in your organization lately? Are you curious about how principles such as 7Ws and 5Ss can help you deliver better results? Most...

Career Insights: Things I Didn't Learn in School

September 20, 2011
There's a long list of things I learned in school, and I am grateful for all of that knowledge. It makes me the stellar employee that I am today, but there are a few things that I...

Spring Meeting YP Programming: Preview

February 7, 2012
Young Professionals have a lot to look forward to at the 2012 Spring Meeting in Houston. Whether you are interested in technical topics or professional development, there will be...

Why Not South Africa?

October 15, 2012
Sometimes my job takes me to unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I flew to South Africa to attend the South African Conference for Chemical Engineers, give a talk on chemical...

Your Career as a Volunteer

April 4, 2013
There are many opportunities in the workplace and beyond for volunteering that can enrich your career and your life. Read about how other chemical engineers are contributing and...

Make the Most of Your Early Career

April 28, 2015
At the AIChE 2015 Spring Meeting in Austin, TX the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) organized the session Setting Yourself Up for Success: Tips for Making the Most of Your...

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...

Strengthening Your Local Section

November 9, 2011
For anyone interested in getting involved with his or her local section (LS), or for those currently leading or interested in leading a LS, the AIChE Local Sections Committee (LSC...

MBA the ChemE Way

May 22, 2013
Considering an MBA? “MBA the ChemE Way” session in San Antonio gave a quick snapshot into planning and applying to business schools, a look into core classes every MBA takes, and...

The Curse of Knowledge

May 11, 2010
If you're new to a position and need help understanding a concept, who do you ask? Do you ask a seasoned veteran, somebody who's seen it all, or do you ask a fellow green horn...

Successful Delegation in Six Steps

September 21, 2010
The rewards of a successful delegation effort are three-fold: 1) More and/or more advanced tasks are accomplished by the employee; 2) Employee satisfaction increases as they...

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...

Women in Chemical Technology: Kristine Chin

July 15, 2013
AIChE's Kristine Chin shares her path in the field of chemical engineering, including her experience starting out as a chemical engineer in an all-male lab.

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...
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