AIChE’s 2020 Virtual Gala Set for Dec. 10

On December 10, the chemical engineering community will gather online during the 2020 AIChE Virtual Gala to celebrate the many ways that chemical engineers — and the organizations that employ them — are rising to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

In the wake of the pandemic, the annual fundraising gala is being presented as an online event, with a program featuring networking opportunities, testimonials, and award presentations.

The honorees

The virtual Doing a World of Good gala will honor DuPont and Thermo Fisher Scientific for their work to improve quality of life through the safe and responsible practice of chemical engineering.

DuPont will be recognized for its commitment to positively impacting the world through the development of innovative sustainable products. Thermo Fisher Scientific is being honored for its leadership in bringing government and industry groups together to accelerate access to COVID-19 testing and vaccine development, and for its mission to build a healthier, cleaner, and safer world.

Edward D. Breen, DuPont’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will accept the award on DuPont’s behalf. Thermo Fisher Scientific will be represented at the gala by Marc N. Casper, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

In addition to the organizations being honored, the AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to S. Shariq Yosufzai, retired Vice President of Global Diversity at Chevron Corp., in recognition of his leadership in creating a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse chemical engineering profession.

More on the gala

Organized by the AIChE Foundation, the gala raises funds to underwrite AIChE’s Doing a World of Good campaign, which supports programs that bring chemical engineering expertise to bear for the benefit of society. These projects include leadership development and retention programs aimed at women engineers and other underrepresented groups, efforts to improve precollege STEM education, and programs that inspire the next generation of engineers. Funds raised during the 2020 gala will help to support communities that are underrepresented in the profession, with a special focus on nurturing the talents of minority students pursuing careers in engineering and the sciences.

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