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 ten (10) years of professional service after receiving the most recent degree in chemical engineering or a related field. 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.

a. 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 his or her career.

b. 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.

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

a. 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.

b. 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.

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

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


May 4, 2018
Award Administrator(s): 

The award recipient will receive a plaque and $1,500.

The awardee is invited to deliver an address at an appropriate venue.

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 letters of support shall be submitted from the individual(s) providing the letter(s) of support directly to the Division officer listed below.

Submit the nomination package electronically to the Environmental Division Early Career Award Committee, which is chaired by the division officer listed below.

The deadline for accepting nominations is May 4, 2018.

Kristina Wagstrom, Board of Directors, Environmental Division

Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

University of Connecticut

191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3222

Storrs, CT  06269-3222
Office:  (860) 486-1715

Fax:   (860) 486-2959


Click here to see the award flyer for complete instructions.

Click here for the AIChE nomination form.

Award Winners