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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 - Electricity and the Environment

July
2014
YPOV
Noah Meeks
Electricity generated by fossil fuels is a relatively stable and low-cost commodity, and fossil fuels will continue to be an important source of energy for the forseeable future. The environmental impact of electricity generation is minimized...

Career Corner: Boost Your Career through Mentorship

October
2015
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Are you successful in your professional career? If so, then it may be time to think about giving back by becoming a mentor. As a mentor to a less-experienced professional, you can make a difference in that person’s career by offering guidance and...

CEP: Career Corner - Add Career Fairs to Your Job Search Strategy

February
2014
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If your New Year’s resolution is to find a new job or career, consider adding a career fair or two to your job search strategy. Although usually associated with entry-level positions, career fairs can put more-experienced chemical engineers face to face with hiring managers or human resource representatives, a critical step to landing a new position in today’s competitive job market.

CEP: Career Corner - Transitioning to Management

June
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
One of the proudest moments of my early career was when I received a promotion from senior engineer to first-line manager. It took about a week for the elation to wear off, as I began to realize how much responsibility I had for producing results...

CEP: Career Corner - Growing Your Engineering Consulting Practice

August
2014
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If you want to expand your consulting practice, you must be ready to change how you do things. “As your company matures, you need to start working on the business, rather than in the business. Become the owner, not the doer,” says Stephen Fauer,...

Employment of Chemical Engineers

January
2002
Special Section
Freeman Self , Freeman Self
An analysis of past employment data can help identify future trends in chemical engineering. FreemanSelf-EdEkholm-

Use TRIZ in Reverse to Analyze Failures

May
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
Asking “how could I make this fail?” can help you to identify potential problems that you might not otherwise have considered.

CEP: YPOV - Building a Leadership Portfolio

February
2014
YPOV
Janet Werner
When talking with college students at local section meetings, I’m often asked about my responsibilities within AIChE with a simple question: “So, what do you do?” The answer, however, is not so simple. As a leader in the Chicago Local Section, Chicago Young Professionals Committee (YPC), national YPC, and President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Local Sections, I could answer this question in several ways.

CEP: Career Corner - Becoming a Leader

August
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
What do Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, the late Robert Goizueta, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Coca-Cola, and Andrew Grove, former Chairman and CEO of Intel, have in common? They all started their careers as chemical engineers and later...

Refocusing Chemical Engineering

January
2002
Special Section
Edward L. Cussler, Edward L. Cussler
To adapt to changes in the industry, chemical engineers will require a change in mindset, as well as an enhanced skillset.

CEP: Career Corner - How to Communicate Difficult Messages

April
2015
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Have you had to deliver a difficult message to someone lately? Perhaps it was to an individual whose performance was below expectations. Or maybe it was to a group of employees about upcoming layoffs or cancelled bonuses. It wasn’t fun, was it? As a past corporate manager and now as a business owner, I have been on both sides of these difficult conversations and know it can be just as stressful to deliver bad news as it is to receive it.

CEP: YPOV - What Is a Chemical Engineer Doing Here?

September
2013
YPOV
Elizabeth Guenther
In 2011, I took a position with Mack Trucks, Inc., a manufacturer of American-assembled Class 8 heavy trucks with more than 100 years of history. Since then, I wish I had a dollar for every time I was asked the question “What is a chemical engineer...

Career Corner: Ace Your Skype or Phone Interview

December
2015
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If you are interviewing for a new job, there is a good chance that at least your first interview will be conducted by phone or using online videoconferencing software, such as Skype. These methods are both convenient and cost-effective for the...

CEP: YPOV - Preparing for Chairing? Build Some Relationships!

March
2014
YPOV
Meagan Lewis
Programming for an AIChE conference — i.e., developing the technical program — takes a lot more than the work put in by the meeting chairs; the details and ideas that go into every session and its roster of speakers take a whole force of volunteers. As a co-chair for the upcoming 2014 Spring Meeting in New Orleans who also happens to be a young professional (YP), I’ve realized that the best way to prepare for programming a large-scale conference is to build relationships across all levels of the organization.

CEP: YPOV - Successfully Navigating in a New Career

May
2015
YPOV
Kyle Kramer
Congratulations to those of you who are graduating this month! This is a monumental time in your life. If you already have a job lined up, you are ready to walk across the graduation stage and into your future career. However, being the new person...

CEP: Career Corner - Career Success through Networking

October
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Schmoozing. Glad-handing. Kibitzing. Networking — the art of cultivating productive relationships — often gets a bad rap. Yet without some form of networking, it may be difficult for you to get a promotion, make a career change, or land a six-figure...

Career Corner - Surviving an International Relocation

December
2014
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
As exciting as an international assignment may seem, relocating overseas is more complicated than getting your shots, passport, and airline tickets, packing a few boxes, and hopping on the next flight. A typical relocation involves almost 50...

Profile: Emily Leproust: Revolutionizing DNA Syntheses

December
2015
Profile
Emily Leproust, CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience, is reinventing the wheel when it comes to DNA synthesis. “I have one goal with respect to DNA synthesis — that’s to make cloning obsolete,” she says. Synthetic DNA can be used to modify the...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Succeed in Business in the Far East

January
2001
Career Catalyst
Lionel F. Laroche, Susan Morey
Understand what is expected of you when traveling to this burgeioning part of the world.

What's Your Decision Style?

January
2004
Career Catalyst
James D. Weith
Understanding how you and those around you make decisions is a first step in improving interpersonal relationships and team efficiencies.

Optimizing the Asset Management of Pumps

May
2006
Asset Management
Mark Granger, Deane Horn
Integrating new advances in smart online pump monitoring and flexible communication technologies can improve pump reliability and performance while reducingcosts.

The Reference Process Demystified

January
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
The people you identify as references in your job search act as your ambassadors to a potential employer. Choosing references who can paint a clear picture of your strengths and potential can be a decisive advantage in your employment campaign.

Checking Out the Competition

August
2001
Management
Gary  Street
Develop a winning game plan by following these logical steps to competitive assessment.

Use E-mail Effectively

December
2002
Career Catalyst
Gary Blake
These tips will help improve your e-mail style and make sure that your e-mail is effective intrinsically, as well as fitting the new electronic expectations of a wide range of cyber colleagues.

Getting to Win-Win

September
2008
Career Catalyst
Ryland W. Musick Jr., Eldon R. Larsen
Conflict is an almost unavoidable part of life and work, and it can lead to surprisingly constructive opportunities. Here is a discussion of how to manage conflicts— and how to make the most of them when they occur.

Boost Your Group’s Performance

September
2005
Career Catalyst
Charles Gillard
Working with employees to define “doing a good job” can improve organizational performance as well as employee satisfaction.

Account for Uncertainty in New Product Development

June
2001
Management
Gavin  Sinclair ,  Gary Blau
New product development projects can be risky business. Learn how to incorporate uncertainty and risk analysis into the new product development process.

Making the Team: Teams, Teamwork, and Teambuilding

June
2010
Career Catalyst
Eldon R. Larsen
A project team is more than a group of talented professionals. It is an interdependent unit, empowered with understanding, accountabilities and mutual support that permit it to achieve goals — both organizational and personal — more efficiently and...

Succeed in Business in Germany and Switzerland

November
2001
Career Catalyst
Leonore  Clauss, Lionel F. Laroche 
Interactions with the Germans and the Swiss may seem easy, but it's important to understand their way of thinking and their approach to doing business.

Improve Your Telephone Skills

May
2003
Career Catalyst
Make the most of this important tool by practicing some common sense and good etiquette. RobertW.Bly-
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