Young Professionals Community

Young Professional (YP) members are a vital and active group of AIChE members.  AIChE Young Professionals are:

  • Under the age of 35 and have graduated from an undergraduate institution,
  • Those new to the working world,
  • Masters or PhD students,
  • Those looking for a career in chemical engineering post-graduation, and
  • Those who have been working for a few years and starting to advance in their careers.

The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) works to increase participation among Young Professionals in AIChE benefits, services and volunteer opportunities.  The committee

  • Serves as an intermediary between undergraduate students moving into the next phase of their professional or academic careers,
  • Creates technical and social programming for YP's at AIChE conferences,
  • Supports sub-sections of local sections that hold events especially geared toward YP's,
  • Supports and vocalizes the needs of YP's within the Institute, and
  • Helps define the future of AIChE and the chemical engineering profession.

Interested in getting involved? E-mail for more information.

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Recent Events

Young Professionals' Social at the 2017 Annual Meeting

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 8:00pm-10:30pm CDT
Posted by Monica Mellinger
The Young Professionals' Social will be taking place at Lumber Exchange: 10 S 5th St #300 Minneapolis, MN 55402 This event, hosted by the Young Professionals Committee (YPC), is a great opportunity to network with a diverse group of young professionals in a relaxed environment. For the first...Read more

Young Professionals Mixer at the 2017 AIChE Spring Meeting

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 8:00pm-10:30pm CDT
Posted by Monica Mellinger
This event, hosted by the Young Professionals Committee (YPC), is a great opportunity to network with a diverse group of young professionals in a relaxed environment while attending the 2017 AIChE Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety in San Antonio, TX. Enjoy drinks and...Read more

Recent Activity

The Role of Chemical Engineers in Smart Grid Development

Posted by Thomas Leusner on
By Temilola Famakinwa, Ecolab, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN On October 8, 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report, stating that key changes are necessary to reduce current CO2 levels in the atmosphere by 40% by 2030. 1 Failure to do so poses risks to the livability...Read more

Pay off Your Student Loans

Posted by Thomas Leusner on
By Lance Aligo, CPA, MSA, KRS CPAs It is payday and you see your paycheck hit your bank account just in time to pay your student loans. How depressing. Paying your student loans may seem like it will last forever, but there are ways improve your repayment plan and pay off your student loans faster...Read more

How I Got My First ChemE Job

Posted by Thomas Leusner on
By Ogochukwu Yvonne Enekwizu, Graduate Research Assistant, New Jersey Institute of Technology Besides my love for research, one of my unspoken reasons for pursuing a master’s degree was to delay the worry and stress of getting a job right out of college. Thus, it is somewhat fitting that my first...Read more

Use Online Platforms to Network, Build Your Reputation

Posted by Thomas Leusner on
by Jeffrey M. Ting Early in my chemical engineering career, the importance of networking for career development was emphasized in classrooms, workshops, and seminars. At the time, I didn’t fully appreciate what this advice really meant. Networking with colleagues is much more than exchanging...Read more

Getting Your Finances in Order for Young Professionals

Posted by Thomas Leusner on
by Lance Aligo, CPA, MSA I bet you’ve thought about saving for retirement, growing a savings account, buying a house, and paying off debts. These financial goals are all worthwhile, but as a young professional, you have only so much income. The good news is you can accomplish these goals, if you...Read more

Slop Oil Disposal Investigation: Lessons Learned

Posted by Thomas Leusner on
by Onochie Okonkwo, PhD student, Washington University (St. Louis) Process engineers in various facilities are bedeviled by many technical challenges. Some of these challenges we eventually solve; others we learn to manage safely instead. This article shares some of the lessons I learned in my...Read more