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Environmental Division Early Career Award

This award is intended to honor an individual with outstanding contributions in environmental chemical engineering in the early stages of the recipient’s career. It is awarded to a member of the Environmental Division considered on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:


  1. The nominee shall have attained no more than twelve (12) years of professional service after receiving the most recent degree in chemical engineering or a related field. Beginning in the 2025 application cycle, the nominee shall have attained no more than ten (10) years of professional service after the most recent degree in Chemical Engineering. The Environmental Division recognizes extenuating circumstances may interrupt careers. Therefore, individuals with extenuating circumstances affecting this criterion will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    1. The Environmental Division recognizes some individuals may acquire an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering (or a related field), enter the work force for several years, and then acquire an advanced degree. These situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, acknowledging the intent of the award is to recognize an individual in the early stage of their career.

    2. The Environmental Division recognizes that a “related field” may be a subjective phrase. Degrees in related fields will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  2. Nominees must show one or more of the following:

    1. A demonstrated record of contributions to the environment through the application of chemical engineering principals shown by demonstrated leadership in such areas as research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.

    2. The application of chemical engineering principles and technology in research into environmental problems and/or in development of innovative engineering solutions that preserve, restore, and/or sustain the environment.

    3. A significant contribution in design, construction, operation, management, or consulting related to environmental protection of facilities or enterprises.

  3. The nominee must be a member of AIChE and the Environmental Division in good standing at the time of nomination.

  4. Participation in AIChE’s environmental Division will also be considered when evaluating the candidate.

Nomination Packet (Documents) 


The award recipient will receive a plaque and $1,000.

DeadlineJune 1, 2023
AdministratorsEnvironmental Division (ENV)
PresentationThe awardee is invited to deliver an address at an appropriate venue.
Nomination Instructions

The nomination or self-nomination package must include the following:

  1. The award nomination form, available from the above web address.
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. A cover letter documenting the nominee’s contribution to the field of environmental chemical engineering with relevant, substantiating documentation, and a prospective of future, planned work.
  4. Up to three (3) letters of support. The nominator shall include the cover letter, the letters of support, the curriculum vitae, and nomination form in a single .pdf file and send the file directly to the Division officer listed below.

Submit the nomination package electronically to Yinlun Huang (yhuang@wayne.edu), Director