The Student Program is one of the newest and most exciting features of the Spring Meeting. More than 50 students from across the country attended this event.
Students began by hearing from a panel of industry experts and young professionals, who reflected on their careers and shared wisdom from the worlds of academia, industry, graduate school, and life.
Attendees then had breakout sessions where they got to ask questions about resumes, interviews, graduate school, internships, leadership, and relocation, and got to end with a time to network with peers, presenters, and AIChE Leadership.
Meagan Lewis, Meeting Programming Co-Chair for the 2014 Spring Meeting, explained the success “We had a packed room where students had the opportunity to network and interact with professionals and their peers.”
“The student program gave attendees familiarity with the professionals and how AIChE works. Many students reached out to the professionals later in the conference or even after the spring meeting,” Lewis continued.
Austin Tackaberry, Chair of the Executive Student Committee and President of the Purdue University Student Chapter, said "The AIChE Spring Meeting was a great opportunity for me to meet some great people, learn more about what it's like to be a chemical engineer after college, and ultimately just have a blast! I expanded my network tremendously; I received more business cards than I can count on one hand.”
“One of the best parts of the meeting in my opinion was getting to know both young engineers and experienced engineers,” Tackaberry continued.
“The different perspectives help you decide how you want to shape your future after college."
Student events will be offered again at the 2014 Annual Student Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and at the 2015 Spring Meeting Student Program in Austin, Texas.
You can also read more about the 2014 meeting and see pictures here.