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The John C. Chen Endowment for Young Professional Leadership

To pay lasting tribute to the late John C. Chen, the Carl R. Anderson Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University and AIChE’s President in 2006, the AIChE Foundation has established an endowment fund in his memory to support the leadership development of young professional chemical engineers.

Throughout his career as an educator and his longtime professional service to AIChE, John was a recognized for his inspirational leadership and his steadfast commitment to the next generation of chemical engineers. To celebrate John’s passion for leadership and his lasting impact on the chemical engineering profession, the endowment will provide scholarship funds to support, in perpetuity, the leadership development training of two selected young professional members of AIChE annually.

The selected young professionals will participate in a face-to-face PEAK Leadership Training Program at the AIChE Annual Meeting. Funding will be made available for travel to the Annual Meeting and a full meeting registration. Additional funds will be made available for tailored online training opportunities throughout the year. 

Award details

There will be three winners in 2020.  Winners will receive:

  • Enrollment in the PEAK Leadership program
  • Conference registration at the AIChE Annual Meeting
  • Travel stipend of $600 to attend the Annual Meeting and the face to face workshop that is part of the PEAK program
  • A one on one career counseling session
  • Interview with ChEencted to be shared throughout AIChE’s global community

Award Timeline

Nomination Deadline: August 21, 2020

Winners Notified: September 18, 2020

DeadlineAugust 21, 2020
AdministratorsYoung Professionals Committee (YPC), Membership Committee
Nomination Instructions

Nominee Requirements

  • Current AIChE member
  • A Young Professional (under the age of 35 and has completed their undergraduate degree)
  • A history of involvement in AIChE (local section, AIChE committee, division or forum, etc.)
  • Potential to be a future AIChE and chemical engineering leader
  • Must provide a current CV for nominee (maximum 2 pages)

Nominations will open in mid-summer 2020

SponsorsAIChE Foundation