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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: News Update

November
2014
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: Where is the Class of 2014?; Producing More Ethanol with Less-Sensitive Microbes; Stretchable Patch Provides First-Class Health Monitoring; New Drug Capsule Takes the Ouch Out of Injections; Hybrid Device Combines a Solar Cell and a Battery.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - ChE Education: How Times Are Changing

November
2014
Journal Highlight
The chemical engineering curriculum has changed over the years and will continue to change in the future. In the November AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Evolving Trends in Chemical Engineering Education,” Arvind Varma of Purdue Univ. and Ignacio Grossmann of Carnegie Mellon Univ. examine this evolution and illuminate the impacts of shifts in academic research and industry needs. Taking a close look at the history and likely course of chemical engineering education provides a basis for discussing whether this trajectory is heading in the right direction to meet the needs of industry and to address societal issues.

CEP: YPOV - A New Graduate’s Lessons Learned

May
2014
YPOV
Samantha Schmidt
One year ago, I was putting the finishing touches on my senior design project, taking my last round of undergraduate final exams, and preparing to move to Cincinnati to start my new job in an engineering and operations rotational program at General...

Optimize Your Conference Poster's Impact

August
2010
Career Catalyst
L. P. Driskill
Engineers routinely optimize process designs; poster designs need optimization too. Use these techniques and strategies to create a poster that captures and holds the viewer's attention.

2009 AIChE Salary Survey

August
2009
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries are up 7% from two years ago, to a median of $110,950. Furthermore, average starting salaries have risen to over $65,000.

2011 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2011
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries have remained stable over the last two years at a median of $110,000. Average starting salaries are nearly $66,900. This expanded version of the article that appeared in print provides the detailed survey results.

Smart Blogging for Chemical Engineers

May
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Blogs have come a long way since their first appearance in the late 1990s, when they were little more than online diaries. Today, people are just as likely to turn to blogs (Internet shorthand for “Web log”) as to newspapers or magazines for information and news.

Hopefully, Change Won't Be Difficult

May
2012
Editorial
I was taught that the word hopefully means “in a hopeful manner” or “full of hope.” Authors who start a sentence with the word hopefully usually mean “I (we) hope” or “it is hoped” — which is an incorrect usage of the word.

How to do an Internal FDA Audit

October
2001
Management
Gavin Sinclair
Meeting FDA regulations is not optional. The costs are high for any company that does not act responsibly to ensure that all additives are meet the required regulations.

CEP: YPOV - Engineering Cyber Security

July
2012
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
Between March and April 2010, a powerful but seemingly limited computer worm, now referred to as Stuxnet, infected computers around the world, beginning in Iran and spreading to Indonesia and India. A recently published book uncovers findings on the origin of the worm and raises concerns that are relevant to chemical engineers everywhere.

Whatever Happened to the Class of 2009?

September
2009
News Feature
Gordon Ellis
Regardless of their current employment status and personal outlook, the new class of chemical engineering graduates is con?dent that they possess a unique versatility and capacity to make good and do good.

Profiles

January
2002
Special Section
Margaret Clarke Hunt
These profiles of a dozen engineers in different stages of their careers offer snapshots of where chemical engineers are employed.

Prepare for a Different Future

February
2001
Opinion
Calvin B. Cobb
The U.S. industrial landscape is changing dramatically. This has significant implications for our profession and individual chemical engineers.

Tracking Trends in Undergraduate Enrollment

November
2008
Centennial
R. Russell Rhinehart
By understanding the normal enrollment swings, employers and students can capitalize during the boom times and rideout the busts, while universities can allocate resources more effectively.

Use Cloud Tools to Collaborate

July
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Internet-based applications are changing the way chemical engineers collaborate. These virtual tools can help project teams make decisions more quickly, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

Advance Your Career in 8 Words or Less

August
2002
Special Section
Kate Wendleton
A short, simple and concise message can be an effective way to let others know about your accomplishments and your worth.

How Does Your $alary Stack Up?

August
2002
Special Section
Betty Feehan
The median salary among chemical engineers is $84,000, and annual raises are averaging 4.8%.

Close Out - The Forgotten Phase

January
2002
Management
Paula K. Martin ,  Karen Tate
In the long run, taking the time to close out a project properly will save time and reduce the chances of making the same mistake twice.

Managing Your Job Search

July
2003
Career Catalyst
Elizabeth Feehan
The key to effective job search is organization. Follow this plan to keep you campaign on track and keep track of your campaign.

Adopt Integrated Product Teams for Process Development

July
2005
Management
Jeffrey Mueller, Larry Scotchie, Kelly Seheult
The cross-functional IPT approach can be combined with a stage-gate framework and six sigma techniques to improve the effectiveness of process development efforts.

Do More in Less Time

March
2001
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Ten tips for improving your personal productivity.

Improve Your Position Where You Are

June
2002
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
Basic job-hunting skills such as staying aware and making yourself marketable are also key to advancing your career with your present employer.

Shaping a New Role for the Operator

May
2004
Management
Ian  Nimmo, Peter  Bullemer,  Sandra  Foreman
In the future, operating teams may proactively manage their plants to maximize safety and minimize environmental impact, while pushing the processes to their optimal limits. Here's how to achieve the necessary paradigm shift by giving operators an...

Educational Perspective on the Future of Chemical Engineering

January
2007
Special Section
James T. Cobb Jr., Gary K. Patterson, S. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Diversification, globalization, emerging technologies...Times have certainly changed for chemical engineers. But, has the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum kept pace?

Contemplating a New Phase of Your Career

April
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Today’s employment environment has altered the concept of “career.” If you are attempting to change jobs or enter a different industry — or even considering a second career — it is important to understand your motivations and proceed with care.

Write a Better Brochure

October
2001
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Engineers are often called on to review product brochures and ads for equipment and processes. Here are six tips for working more effectively with an ad agency or corporate marketing-communications department to create good product literature.

Improve Your Reading Efficiency and Speed

March
2003
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the daily influx of memos, letters, reports and journals? These tips will help you develop a systematic method for dealing with the endless stream of material that is essential to your job.

Inherently Safer Design: The Fundamentals

January
2012
Special Section
Dennis C. Hendershot
Build safety into your process by substituting less-hazardous materials and chemistry, minimizing inventories and equipment sizes, moderating operating conditions, and simplifying unnecessarily complex operations.

Accurately Estimate Production Costs

April
2002
Management
In a multiproduct chemical complex, determining production costs is no simple matter. Here's a logical method that can help.

The Price is Right -- Or Is It?

December
2003
Management
Glen Rosentrater - 
Contractors' quotes often differ significantly -- by up to 30% is not uncommon, and may be legitimate. Here's how to analyze bids to be able to award a fairly priced contract.

Get Your Investment Decisions Right

February
2006
Management
Gerald Bode, Konrad Hungerbuhler, Gregory J. McRae, Reinhard Schomacker
This article describes state-of-the-art investment analysis techniques, shows how and why even reasonably good analyses can lead to bad decisions, and gives guidance on how to avoid mistakes when making investment decisions regarding chemical...

Assessing Competency During the Hiring Process

December
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Interviews and references provide insight into what a job candidate has accomplished. Competency assessment helps the employer ascertain how an individual will actually think and behave on the job. <br> <br>

Over 40? Make the Most of It!

August
2001
Career Catalyst
Bettina Seidman
Savvy employers are learning to value experienced engineers. Here's how you can take advantage of this trend.

Succeed in Business in Eastern Europe

November
2002
Career Catalyst
Lionel F. Laroche, Susan Morey
Eastern Europe is a significant potential market for Western corporations. There are plenty of opportunities for success if you learn to do business in a way that meshes with Eastern European expectations of how business should be done.

It’s a Gift: Make the Most of Holiday Job-Searching

December
2010
Career Catalyst
David Madison
It is a common misconception that the November–December holiday season is an unproductive time for job-hunting. Smart job seekers take advantage of the unusual opportunities that the season brings — to position themselves for holiday job-search...

Expanding Horizons

August
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
Pursuing a wide variety of career options, chemical engineers continue to reinvent the profession.

Get What's Coming to You

January
2002
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
Here's how to negotiate the best possible severance package.

Should You Accept an International Assignment?

August
2003
Career Catalyst
C. Delia Contreras, Fabio Bravo
Consider the career- and family-related benefits and trade-offs of an overseas experience, as well as whether you have what it takes to be successful in such a position.

Prepare an Effective Intellecutal Property Business Plan

August
2009
Management
Steven R. Hansen
The intellectual property component of a business plan is instrumental in protecting and promoting engineering innovations. Here’s how chemical engineers can provide valuable input into the preparation of an IP business plan.

Applying Six Sigma

July
2002
Management
Yogesh B. Trivedi
By implementing Six Sigma at its ethylene unit, Sasol has been able to recover as much as 65% of the opportunities that could have been lost.

Getting Your Message Across

May
2004
Career Catalyst
Margaret Clarke Hunt, Denise Price Hosier
Engineers play an important role in the marketing of products, processes and services. Here's a short course on the basics of marketing communications to help you be effective in that role.

Succeed in the Workplace

January
2007
Career Catalyst
Stan Sebastian
This top 10 list covers things you may never have been told about the real world.

Preparing Invention Disclosures

April
2010
Management
William D. Hall
The patent process can be a costly journey down a long and winding road. An invention disclosure serves as a roadmap for preparing the patent application and ultimately obtaining a valid, enforceable patent.

Limiting Shift-Work Fatigue in Process Control

April
2003
Management
Brad A. Walker, Karen D. Smith, Milena D. Kekich
Disrupting normal sleep/wake cycles causes fatigue and reduces alertness. Here are some preventive measures that can improve the performance of employees in 24-h operations.

Understanding Management Styles

February
2005
Career Catalyst
Peter E. Friedes
Are you naturally a “relater” or a “requirer”? Understanding how you relate and require will help you make the changes you need to be a more effective manager.

Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Career

March
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
LinkedIn - the social media tool most often used by professionals - allows you to establish an online presence, connect with others, and find business and job opportunities.

Marketing Your Professional Expertise to Attorneys

December
2003
Career Catalyst
Rosalie  Hamilton
When you see an expert testify in a legal case on TV and think I could do that, you may be right. Here's what you need to know to become a litigation support consultant.

A ChE's Tradeshow Survival Guide

February
2006
Career Catalyst
Cynthia F. Mascone
It can be a jungle out there on the exhibit floor. Try these tips to help you make the most of your trade show visit.

Success Strategies for the Mid-Career Engineer

August
2001
Career Catalyst
Elizabeth  Feehan
Here's how to take stock of your career and identify and explore a wide range of opportunities so you can decide where you want to go and develop a career plan for getting there.

Decommissioning Process Plant Facilities

December
2002
Management
Lou Phillips
Whether the plan is to shut down an entire plant, or just a portion of it, a definitive plan must be in place. Here is a step-by-step procedure to guide you through the process.

Evaluating Toll Manufacturers

September
2008
Management
Osman Aboul-Nasr
This alternative production approach can offer significant time and capital cost savings. The key is to choose a qualified toller.

The Evolution of a Chemical Engineering Career

August
2002
Special Section
Corrine L. Kupstas
Follow this engineer's career path as she shares her thoughts on the transitions she has made and how family considerations factored into her career decisions.

Develop an Effective Crisis Management Strategy

September
2003
Management
Steve Wilson
A thorough crisis-management plan will enable your organization to respond to a crisis promptly and appropriately. Here's how to develop an effective plan.

To Engineer or Not? That is the Question

August
2005
Career Catalyst
Edward Yannul
The more important question is “how much to engineer?” Use this technique to evaluate the level of engineering effort required, and justified, for a project.

Now Hear This

May
2001
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Understand the listening process and follow these guidelines to become a better listener.

Be a Better Bargainer

July
2002
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly 
Follow these pointers to succeed in win-win negotiations.

Modular Mini-Plants: A New Paradigm

March
2007
Management
Shashank Shah
Modular design principles are well known, but have found only niche applications in the Chemical industry. This article outlines an innovative methodology, whereby plant and process design may be conducted in parallel using components with pre-...

Closing the Gap Between Engineers and Management

May
2010
Career Catalyst
George Buckbee, P.E.
Work-style and communication differences often result in a disconnect between managers and engineers. Bridging this culture gap will allow managers to make better business decisions and bring engineers the understanding and recognition they deserve.

A Rich and Diverse History

January
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
This look at the continuing evolution of chemical engineering starts with reflections on the past.

Work Effectively with Your Patent Attorney

April
2003
Career Catalyst
Steven J. Helmer
By understanding the basics of patent law and by establishing a close working relationship with your attorneys, you can ensure that you receive the broadest possible patent protection.

Sparking Creativity

March
2005
Career Catalyst
James D. Weith
Try some of these strategies to light your creative fires and to fan their flames.

Driving Profitability with Swaps and Exchanges

June
2009
Management
Frank Erzinger
Swap and exchange programs can significantly reduce logistics costs, as well as an organization’s carbon footprint. Despite its potential, the technique is often constrained by commercial, technical and operational concerns.
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