Meet Sara Chuang – Featured YP for December 2014

Where are you from? 

Glastonbury, CT

What company/institution do you work for?

Princeton University

Where did you complete/are you completing your chemical engineering education?

Columbia University (undergrad), Princeton University (PhD)

How many years have you been a member of AIChE? 


Describe a recent challenge you managed, notable achievement, or obstacle you overcame at your job or in your work as an AIChE member.

Recently, I have become involved as the Mid-Atlantic representative for Young Professional AIChE. After sending a few emails, it's hard to know what to expect. However, I have found many local sections excited to open a discussion about increasing YP members in each area. My most notable experience so far was being invited to the National Capitol's Embassy Event. It was great to meet ChemE's in a different area. I am currently trying to work to better understand the demographics of each area. Coming from a heavily ChemE influenced area, it was very unexpected to learn that some local chapters do not have any ChemE companies in the area.

What do you do to meet people in your field? 

In order to meet people in the field, I attend department events, and attend conferences.

There are two types of ChemEs… those who_______ and those who ________. 

have Perry's, want Perry's

What’s the first thought you have when you wake up in the morning? 

Where's the snooze button?

If your college had offered a class on real-life skills for the aspiring ChE, what would you want them to teach?

Troubleshooting 101: Nothing works the first, second, or third time

If you weren’t a ChE what would you most want to be? 

A mythbuster!

Do you have any advice for current or future young professionals reading ChEnected? 

Get involved with AIChE! I've only been a representative for a few months, and I've already had the opportunities to visit local chapters, meet many other ChemEs and hear their story. There's no better way to get to know people who are experiencing similar things, than through participating. I've found it is also easier to develop networks when you have something to talk about, and being involved in AIChE has given me plenty to say.

You can contact Sara through her LinkedIn profile.