Professional Awards


NorCal AIChE periodically honors one of its members with the Professional Progress Award (PPA).  Created in 1982, it is the highest tribute so given by NorCal in recognition of service to the Section, to our profession and for personal career achievement.

The PPA Selection Committee is now soliciting nominations for the recipient of this award for 2019.  Please send your nomination(s) to PPA Chair, Dilek Alkaya, PhD, via e-mail by February 15th, 2019, using the contact information below.  All nominations should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Current resume if available, or a description of the nominee’s career to date as a chemical engineer and involvement in the NorCal Section
  • Your name and your reasons for believing that the nominee is worthy of the award

The individual who receives this award is one who has demonstrated a high level of professionalism in his/her career and meets the following Eligibility and Merit requirements:

Eligibility.  Nominees for the NorCal AIChE Professional Progress Award must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Ten (10) or more years in the practice of Chemical Engineering
  • Five (5) or more years of current or previous membership in NorCal AIChE
  • Not presently a voting member of the NorCal Section Executive Committee or a member of the PPA Selection Committee

Merit.  The award is given in consideration of ALL of the following merit criteria:

  • Sustained and substantial service and contribution to the NorCal Section of AIChE
  • Recognized personal professional career achievement
  • Significant contribution to the Chemical Engineering profession

The selected recipient acknowledges the obligation to be the featured speaker on a subject of his/her choice at the award ceremony, normally during the June monthly meeting, and succeed as Chair of the PPA Selection Committee.

For more information, please read the PPA Guidelines and Procedures.

Dilek Alkaya, PhD





Each year at our April Symposium or at a dinner meeting, the Northern California Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (NorCal AIChE) recognizes the accomplishments of our most distinguished members.

Our members play prominent roles in academia and industry in Northern California. California ranks first in aerospace, agriculture, construction, advanced technology and biotechnology.

The Executive Board of Directors of AIChE NorCal take deep pride in inviting you to nominate your outstanding peers for our 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards.

The requirements are as follows:

  • The nominee’s current professional or residential address falls into
    • California Counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba
    • Nevada Counties: Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe.
  • The nominator is a member of AIChE NorCal. Strong preference will be given to nominees who are also members of AIChE NorCal, but this is not required.
  • The prime factor for selection will be a current scientific contribution to engineering which expands the boundaries in any field of science. To qualify, a contribution shall have been brought to fruition within the past five years and should be easily recognizable as a definite advance of knowledge or a contribution to that advance that made the advance more accessible to society or a significant technological development.
  • The achievement for which an Award is granted should be as close in time as possible, relatively speaking, to the time that the Award is made, dramatizing current progress in Science in California.
  • Documentation is important! Nominator letters, along with additional documentation, including published articles and letters of support from colleagues and peers are key. Nominating and recommendation letters should identify and explain the significance of the contribution and the nominee's specific role.

Awardees will be selected by Committee vote. Awards in the form of inscribed plaques will be presented at the April NorCal Symposium or at a future NorCal AIChE dinner meeting. Applications must be received by February 27, 2018. Winners will be notified by phone and email by about March 20 and are encouraged to attend the award presentation meeting as guests of AICHE NorCal. Awards can be given in several categories. Typically one to three awards are given in a year. Please e-mail your completed letter of recommendation to Dr. Habib Amin, Contra Costa Health Services, 4585 Pacheco Boulevard, Suite 100, Martinez, CA 94553. Tel: 925-335-3226, Cell: 925-250-7712, Fax: 925-646-2073, Email:

For more information on categories for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, please see our Description of Award Categories