Francis Petrocelli Frank Petrocell works for Air Products in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as a Senior Research Associate supporting theirEnergy business. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Frank has worked in various Process R&D roles since finishing his Ph.D. studies in 1985. Connect on AIChE Engage ChEnected contributions AIChE at USASEF: Doing Our Part for STEM Education May 9, 2014 . by Francis Petrocelli What’s a hydrogel? How do chemical engineers design mixers for viscous fluids such as chocolate? These and other questions were answered at the AIChE-sponsored booth at the recent 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) in Washington, D.C. Bay Area High School Students Experience Chemical Engineering at AIChE Annual Meeting Nov 14, 2013 . by Francis Petrocelli This year, 47 high school students eager to learn more about chemical engineering took part in AIChE’s Outreach in Action event at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Pittsburgh K-12 Outreach Event: A Taste of Chocolate…and Chemical Engineering! Dec 19, 2012 . by Francis Petrocelli On Sunday, October 28th, a group of 27 students from several Pittsburgh-area high schools learned more about chocolate, and chemical engineering, at an outreach event organized by AIChE’s Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC). Call for Volunteers: K-12 Activities at the AIChE Annual Meeting Sep 26, 2012 . by Francis Petrocelli On Sunday, October 28th, as part of the 2012 Annual Meeting, AIChE will be sponsoring an educational outreach event for local high school students from the Pittsburgh area. Learn how to volunteer! K-12 Engineering Competitions at the University of Tulsa Jun 11, 2012 . by Francis Petrocelli How do we, as chemical engineers, inspire the next generation that will follow in our footsteps? Tulsa has two great examples: the High School Chem-E-Car competition and the Chemical Switch competition. Houston: Encouraging the Next Generation of Chemical Engineers May 16, 2012 . by Francis Petrocelli During AIChE’s Spring Meeting in Houston, TX, eight meeting attendees visited Booker T. Washington High School to speak with students about chemical engineering. Booker T. Washington is a magnet school for the engineering professions in the Houston Independent School District. Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers, One Classroom at a Time Feb 14, 2012 . by Francis Petrocelli K-12 Outreach: Hershey Company Shadow Program Nov 25, 2011 . by Francis Petrocelli For the past several years, the Susquehanna AIChE chapter has sponsored a shadow program for high school students at a handful of local businesses. One of the most active programs has been at The Hershey Company (THC). Each spring, a number of engineers at THC have been involved with a half-day shadow program that involves exposing four to six high school students to chemical engineering. Cocoa, Kids, and Chemical Engineering – A Sweet Combination Sep 28, 2011 . by Francis Petrocelli The “What in the World” (WITW) program for fifth and sixth graders was started in 1996 by the Lancaster and Lebanon (PA) Science and Technology Alliance (LLSTA). I have personally been involved with it for the last five years. This vocational program is designed to help students understand why they need to study and do well in math and science. K-12 Outreach – ChE’s Giving Back Aug 8, 2011 . by Francis Petrocelli AIChE, through its Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC), wants to establish a community of its members who are interested in using K-12 outreach as a way to spread the message about the positive impact that chemical engineers have on society, and about the great career opportunities that exist in our profession.