What’s Trending at AIChE: Highlights from May & June 2020

Welcome to AIChE’s What’s Trending feature, where you'll discover some of our most viewed and read content from prior months. Want to be featured in our next AIChE trend report? Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube and use hashtag #AIChEtrends when you share.

Readers' top pick: Show your pride this June

June was Pride Month and for the first time ever AIChE offered people a chance to share their allyship with the AIChE Engage community. No matter how you fit into the LGBTQ+ community — whether you're an out engineer, identify as LGBTQ+, or an ally looking to share support during pride month — we invited, and continue to invite, you to claim your ally pride badge and show how we're all allies to one another in this community. Read more.

We recognized: AIChE values equity, diversity, inclusion

AIChE is outraged by the recent events that have highlighted systemic racism, discrimination, and inequality, especially as they pertain to people of color in our country today. These abhorrent events clearly conflict with AIChE’s aspiration to inspire a safe, connected, and inclusive community of chemical engineers Doing a World of Good. Everyone should have the ability to live their life and pursue their livelihood within a safe environment.

We at AIChE are fervently committed to promoting equity among all individuals. We believe that groups who have experienced historical and current discrimination continue to face challenges entering or participating in the engineering and scientific professions. AIChE’s vision of our Institute and profession is one where discrimination and conscious or unconscious bias are unwelcome and unacceptable. Efforts to support and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion must also address the root causes of inequities, not just their expressions. Read more.

Meet some of AIChE's recently elected Fellows

The rank of Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the Board of Directors. Nominated by their peers, candidates for AIChE Fellow must have significant chemical engineering experience (generally 25 years), must have demonstrated significant service to the profession, and must have been a member of AIChE for at least 10 years. Read more.

We shared: Unión AIChE LATAM gathers hundreds of students for virtual conference series

The Unión AIChE Latam project was born from a conversation between the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Student Chapter (ESPOL) and Costa Rica University Student Chapter executive boards based in Ecuador and Costa Rica, respectively.

In the following days, AIChE ESPOL student chapter president Katherine Zambrano contacted 16 additional AIChE student chapters’ presidents from Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Peru. Together, the 18 AIChE student chapters collaborated to hold several virtual meetings on various major subjects in order to strengthen professional growth for chemical engineers throughout Latin America while also helping those most in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every student chapter executive board invited a recognized speaker, generally from their own schools, to deliver a presentation focused on chemical engineering through the Webex Meetings platform. Read more.

What can you expect from a virtual conference?

In early June, AIChE hosted the 2020 Process Development Symposium as its first major online event. To help you understand what you can expect from upcoming virtual events, ChEnected chatted with the organizers of the event to hear about how the event went and put together some observations and tips for virtual event attendees.

Also, if you attended the 2020 Process Development Symposium and want to add your own feedback, or have ideas based on other virtual events you attended or organized, share your ideas at the bottom of the original post — we'd love to hear from you. Read more.

Novel ultrathin nanosheets remove ions from water

Researchers have created an ultrathin membrane capable of filtering potentially harmful ions from water. In addition to using it for the purification and desalination of drinking water, the membrane can also be used for the separation of gases and solvents. The membrane also has low energy demands, performing steadily for more than 750 hours with limited energy consumption. Read more.

We discussed on AIChE Engage

Your top engage discussion was about Tips for decluttering your life to reduce stress.

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We networked 

Given the uncertainties related to planning physical conferences, we are reviewing our upcoming conferences and events to determine their timing and if they will be held in-person or virtually. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to submit abstracts or register for upcoming AIChE events. Please note that we have relaxed our cancellation policy. This means that you can continue to submit abstracts and register for our conferences and events without having to worry about registration fees should you not be able to attend.

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