Newest ScaleUp Sponsor Promotes Diversity of Future Workforce

October 1, 2010

Praxair is the newest Gold Sponsor of ScaleUp, AIChE’s corporate-sponsored student membership initiative that strengthens the preparation of undergraduate chemical engineers for the world of work. Praxair is joining Platinum Sponsor Chevron, and Gold Sponsors Air Products, Dow, DuPont, Merck and UOP in support of this important initiative. 

ScaleUp provides subsidized membership, career development tools, internships, and employment opportunities to students at more than 160 colleges and universities in the United States. ScaleUp sponsors include major chemical engineering employers in the energy, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Through the program, company representatives increase their interaction with students, so employers have a clearer picture of training and future employees understand skill requirements.
 
Recognizing both the opportunities and challenges for women chemical engineers, Praxair is enhancing the program to include two essay-based scholarships for undergraduate woman chemical engineers. These new scholarships will be awarded at the upcoming AIChE 2010 Annual Student Conference in Salt Lake City, November 5-8th. The scholarships will be awarded with cash prizes of $500 each, to assist with travel expenses to the conference and participation at the AIChE Student Leadership Training. These scholarships, along with greater networking opportunities for women, will give undergraduate women chemical engineers the support they need to advance their careers, and to establish a foundation for their lifelong fulfillment and success. 
Praxair’s support of ScaleUp, with this particular focus on women chemical engineering students, demonstrates a commitment to excellence and diversity in building tomorrow’s workforce.  

About AIChE:

AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.