Photo Highlights from the 2015 AIChE Gala

The 2015 AIChE Gala was a huge success. Raising more than $600,000 in support of the global expansion of process safety education for undergraduates, the event celebrated the 30th Anniversary of AIChE's Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS).

Cipriani - Venue for the 2015 Gala

At the event, which took place at New York's Cipriani on Tuesday, November 3, AIChE honored Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation; Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company; and Mark J. Costa, chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company, for excellence in advancing process safety.

Honoree Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEP of ExxonMobil Corporation

Honoree Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation

Andreas C. Kramvis, vice chairman, Honeywell and gala dinner chair presented the award to Mr. Tillerson and ExxonMobil. Kramvis saluted Tillerson’s leadership in ExxonMobil’s “strong, historic commitment to the safe and responsible practice of engineering and consistent focus on advancing process safety.” 

Jim Fitterling, vice chairman and chief operating officer, The Dow Chemical Company

While a prior engagement kept honoree Andrew Liveris from attending, Jim Fitterling accepted the award on Liveris' and Dow's behalf. He expressed Dow’s continued commitment to AIChE’s process safety efforts. “We could not be prouder to play a part in your critical, ongoing work."

 Mark J. Costa, chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company

Mark J. Costa, chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company

In accepting the award, honoree Mark Costa of Eastman Chemical Company said, “the commitment to design, operate, and maintain our facilities in a safe manner is…far more than a business objective – we consider it an obligation of our company and each of our employees. It is an expectation that is woven into our culture and is part of our DNA.”

CCPS - Leading the Way to a Safer World

This year's gala was built around the theme, “Leading the Way to a Safer World.” To celebrate CCPS's 30th anniversary and its commitment to process safety education, the following short film was debuted at the event.

You can learn more about the gala, its honorees, chairs, sponsors and organizing commitee by visiting 

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