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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Improve Plant Reliability by Redefining Roles

June
2004
Management
Kevin Smith
The operator and maintenance technician can play key roles in ensuring equipment reliability and thus maximizing production while maintaining quality.

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-

Relocating Research Operations

May
2002
Management
Richard P. Palluzi
Such projects require enormous planning, experienced staff, and substantial time and money to complete.

Work More Effectively With Others

February
2004
Career Catalyst
Doug  Hissong
Learn ways to improve your interpersonal and communication skills so that you can work more effectively with others, and increase your own productivity and effectiveness.

Fundamentals of Effective Leadership

June
2006
Career Catalyst
Richard J. Kinsley
To become a leader people want to follow, focus on the team's objectives, avoid self-deception, build strong relationships, and enable others to achieve the team's goals.

Successfully Navigate the Negotiation Process

February
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Employment negotiations begin even before a job offer is extended. Having a clear plan of action, and an understanding of your objectives and those of your employer, will help you make the most of this important process. <br>

Increasing Employee Productivity

September
2001
Management
Charles  Gillard
Maximize workplace efficiency via implementation of best practices using workflow modeling and automation.

How To Be An Expert Witness

October
2004
Career Catalyst
Peter R. Lantos
Here’s what you should know about the litigation process to serve as a successful technical witness.

Learn by Wandering Around

November
2011
Career Catalyst
Ross Topliff
Walking, listening, and learning are three easy steps that promote good communication and can yield high dividends.

Women ChEs Make Progress Toward Equity

August
2003
Special Section
Irene Kim
Women in the chemical engineering profession are gaining equality -- to varying degrees -- in numbers, salary and worklife environment.

Keeping Global Teams Going

February
2002
Career Catalyst
Lionel F. Laroche
Global teams can maintain their effectiveness by using the right communication tools, following good communication practices, working at building and maintaining trust, and taking cultural differences into account.

Stay Ahead of Time

October
2003
Career Catalyst
Judi  Hampton
These tips will help you develop time management and delegation skills to make you more efficient and more effective in your job.

Prepare a Top-Notch Scope of Work

November
2005
Management
Stephen W. Maas
This comprehensive overview of what needs to go into a well-defined scope of work will be useful to chemical engineers who are new to project engineering and project management.

Working with Job Search Consultants and Recruiters

October
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Search firms and executive recruiters can be powerful allies in a competitive employment environment.This article puts their role in context and provides guidelines on how to work effectively with them.

Finding Your Career Path by Finding Yourself

June
2001
Career Catalyst
Eileen  Sharaga - 
Having an understanding of your skills and talents, particularly transferrable ones, will lead you to greater self-awareness, which will give you a greater capacity for achieving success.

Caught in the Act

September
2002
Career Catalyst
Jody Urquhart
To acknowledge people in a meaningful way, catch them doing good things and recognize their efforts.

Leadership: The Skill Most Needed

June
2004
Career Catalyst
Stanley I. Proctor
Do you have leadership potential? This article explores the differences between leadership and management, the qualities of a good leader, different leadership styles and where they are effective and not effective, and other issues.

Engineering a Healthy Body

September
2010
Career Catalyst
Nick Hallale
These basic chemical engineering principles expose common weight loss myths and show you how to get into better shape efficiently and sustainably.

Achieve Best-in-Class Reliability

June
2003
Asset Management
Richard  Beck
An integrated enterprise asset performance management system can help companies to eliminate failures, optimize strategies, and meet intended production targets.

Disarming the Firing Squad

July
2009
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
If thoughts of a layoff keep you up at night, stop wringing your hands and start taking action. Follow this 11-step plan to position yourself for success in these uncertain economic times.

Play Your Cards Right ...

May
2002
Career Catalyst
Nathaniel A. Matlin
to make yourself stand out from the pack when you're seeking a new position.

Getting Your P.E. License

March
2004
Career Catalyst
Reginaldo A. Montague
This article explains the process of obtaining a P.E. license, offers suggestions for preparing and taking the exam, and discusses requirements for maintaining the license.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

November
2006
Career Catalyst
David Madison, Cynthia Strite
Spending time in front of a mirror may seem narcissistic. But scrutinizing and perfecting your image is an essential step in achieving your career goals.

Communicating the Cost of Product and Process Development

February
2010
Management
John Anderson
Decision-makers often require cost estimates for products and processes at the earliest stages of development — when many cost-determining factors remain uncertain. Identifying variables that impact cost estimates, and putting them in context, will...

Give Memorable Presentations

January
2003
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
These guidelines will help you prepare and deliver a more exciting presentation.

Launching a Website for Your Small Business

November
2004
Career Catalyst
Cynthia F. Mascone, Joseph A. Roseti
Here’s how to develop a successful Internet presence without the dedicated web staff and financial resources of a large corporation.

The Standing of Women in Academia

August
2003
Special Section
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.

Conduct Successful Team Meetings

November
2003
Career Catalyst
Barry M. Weinstein
Prepare effective agendas, minutes, status updates, and corrective action reports to make your meetings, as well as your projects, run more smoothly.

Forging Career Security

December
2005
Career Catalyst
David Madison
Eight things to do when you’re not job hunting.

Hiring the Right Consultant

July
2004
Career Catalyst
Peter R. Lantos
Follow these suggestions for identifying and validating a consultant, as well as for making the most effective use of the consultant’s expertise.

Overcoming Obstacles to Innovation

September
2010
Management
Mukund Karanjikar, Jeff Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins
Despite high levels of spending and lofty innovation goals, companies often experience declining productivity. An understanding of the causes and remedies for innovation fatigue can free engineers and their organizations to achieve greater success.

Achieving Success

December
2001
Career Catalyst
Slava Thaler
Put these seven principles to work to spell success for your professional and personal life.

Understand Personality Styles

June
2003
Career Catalyst
Mary Kay Slowikowski
One key to being a successful leader is understanding yourself and others, and adapting your behavior as the situation warrants.

Recruit for Retention

April
2004
Career Catalyst
Partick Ropella
The most successful employee-retention programs begin with recruiting and hiring the individual who best matches the position and best fits into the company's culture.

Where is the Chemical Engineering Industry Headed?

January
2007
Special Section
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?

Evaluating the Risks and Rewards of an Expatriate Assignment

March
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
The global chemical industry is showing particularly strong growth outside North America. Understanding where opportunities exist — and which are worth taking — can help you decide whether it is time to take your career, and your life, on the road.
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