The Poddar Award for Rising Chemical Engineers

This annual award seeks to honor one (1) recent graduate for their contributions to AIChE, chemical engineering and society, one who shows potential for future growth and leadership. Demonstrable AIChE leadership, community activities and active participation in their AIChE student chapter will all be highly valued during the application review process. 

Many thanks to Syamal and Susmita Poddar for the generous endowment of this award through the AIChE Foundation's Doing a World of Good Campaign!

August 1, 2019

Award Criteria

  • Be a current AIChE Professional Member 
  • Graduated from their undergraduate university in 2015 or later (2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019)
  • Participated actively in their undergradaute AIChE Student Chapter
  • Current or recent active particpation in AIChE (committee, division, forum, local section, etc.)
  • Demonstrated promotion of engineering in your local community

Awardee Recognition

The winner will receive:

  • A $250 USD prize
  • Membership to AIChE at no charge in 2020
  • Registration to the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting
  • A $1,500 USD travel stipend to attend the AIChE Annual Meeting
  • A mentor during their time at the AIChE Annual Meeting (mentor pairing TBD)

If you are interested in applying for this award, please fill out the online application form.  

The online form requires several letters of recommendation written by someone other than the main applicant. It is recommended that you review the nomination form first, then acquire your letters of recommendation. Once your letters of recommendation in hand, complete the application and upload the letters. All letters of recommendation must be on company/university letterhead with a handwriten signature (no electronic signatures)

The application process for 2019 has closed.

Award Timeline

June 15 – Application process opens

August 1 – Applications deadline

September 16 – Winner notified via email

November 7 - AIChE's Annual Meeting award presentation

Award Questions

Please contact with any questions you may have about this award.