Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the important work of engineers and to inspire the next generation of innovators. Here are some of the ways you can recognize Engineers Week and support its mission as an AIChE member:
1. Get involved in AIChE's K-12 Initiative
AIChE's K-12 community is comprised of chemical engineers dedicated to guiding the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students. This community is also a resource for parents and teachers to access “modules” that can be used to teach K-12 students.
2. Make a "Why Chemical Engineering?" video
Why chemical engineering? Such a simple question with a myriad of answers, from vaccines, healthcare, food production, to renewable energy, and so many more. AIChE posed this question to student member Sofia Melgar from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.
How would you answer this question? Take the #WhyChemE Challenge by posting your own video on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to include the hashtags #WhyChemE and #AIChE. Feel free to mention us using @ChEnected. When we see your video, we'll share it. And we might even feature it on aiche.org/whycheme.
3. Share information on the ACE4G Challenge
Do you know or are you a member of a student chapter that is interested in sustainability? The ACE4G Challenge is a competition to encourage chemical engineering students and their partners to consider how chemical engineering know-how can be applied in an appropriate way on a small scale to improve the quality of life of communities in the developing world.
The deadline to register is March 21, 2021, and submissions are due April 9, 2021. Learn more, share, and register now!
4. Spread the word about the AIChE Langer Prize
The Langer Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence is currently accepting applications through May 1, 2021. In honor of Bob Langer’s pioneering spirit, each recipient of a Langer Prize will be awarded an unrestricted grant up to $100,000 as seed funding, which will enable them to pursue “blue-sky” ideas that may lead to significant innovations. Recipients will become part of a network of Langer Fellows, with access to, and support from, some of the industry’s foremost experts in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Spread the word about this amazing opportunity to fund important research.
5. Give back
Whether funding awards such as the ACE4G Challenge or the Langer Prize mentioned above, the AIChE K-12 initiative, or promoting diversity in the profession, the AIChE Foundation provides funding for impactful programs that support AIChE’s mission and promote the advancement of the chemical engineering profession, today and in the future.