Student Chapter & Career Workshops

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11:30am-4:00pm PDT

Best practices for successful Student Chapter operations presented by students and sessions providing practical information and advice to help students plan their career path run by AIChE professional members. 

NOTE: All rooms are located in the Hilton Union Square Hotel.





AIChE After Graduation

11:30-12:30 PM and 12:00-12:30 PMImperial B
This workshop will explore options for how students can remain involved with AIChE after graduation and how it will enrich their careers by providing networking opportunities and developing leadership skills that are essential to becoming successful in any career path. There will also be a brief overview of the AIChE organizational structure and details for becoming involved at the national, local and virtual levels. Sponsored by AIChE's Young Professionals Committee.

AIChE Technical Entities

11:30-12:00 PMYosemite C
An overview of the technical entities within AIChE. These will include the Society for Biological Engineering, Institute for Sustainability, Center for Energy Initiatives, International Society for Water Solutions, and the International Metabolic Engineering Society. These societies cover areas that are not thought of as standard chemical engineering. The talk will discuss what topics these entities cover, how they relate to chemical engineering, what kinds of programming they offer, and how students can get involved.

Where Do Chemical Engineers Work?

11:30-12:30 PMYosemite A/B
Many students are not aware of all the different industries that hire chemical engineers beyond the chemical process plants. This panel workshop will feature AIChE Young Professionals from different backgrounds including consumer products, food manufacturing, electronics, pharmaceuticals and defense. Some topics of discussion will be different job types available to chemical engineering graduates, industries that hire chemical engineers, and how chemical engineering is used in different job functions. Sponsored by AIChE's Young Professionals Committee.

Hot to Utilize Day Camps for Kids as Fundraising Opportunities

11:30-12:00 PM and 1:00-1:30 PMPlaza A
Fundraising for a student chapter is almost always an issue, but finding creative ways to begin fundraising can lessen the burden on everyone involved. One way our student chapter has raised funds in the past is by hosting day camps for children in the community. Sponsored by University of Iowa.

Smart Grid Tutorial

11:30-12:15 PM and 1:30-2:15PMFranciscan A/B
This tutorial presentation will attempt to answer the questions: What are the smart grid opportunities for the chemical process industry? Why do these opportunities exist? How should a plant be operated to exploit these opportunities? Who will benefit from smart grid coordination? Sponsored by AIChE's Computing and Systems Technology Division (CAST).

Multiphase Engineering and Solids Processing

11:30-12:30PM, 1:30-2:30 PM and 3:30-4:30 PMFranciscan C/D
In the chemical industry alone, powders make up 50% of the products and play a significant role in many of our unit operations (i.e., cyclones, hoppers, conveyers, dryers, granulators, feeders, risers, fluidized beds, etc.). Yet, unit operations that deal with powder technology have only a 60% success rate in the first year of operation compared to 95% for gas, liquid, and gas liquid operations. The problem is that particles can rarely be described with a density and viscosity. Additional engineering is needed to understand particle behavior and design units that account for the unique and varying physical properties of powders. This workshop will illustrate some of those unique features and illustrate how they have been exploited. Sponsored by AIChE's Particle Technology Forum.

Step Away From the Job Boards

12:00-12:30 PM and 3:00-3:30 PMGolden Gate 4/5
Many graduating students are unaware of how to properly build and utilize their professional network to find a job, and instead waste a lot of time looking for jobs online. This session will focus on the importance of networking to strategically find a job rather than submitting hundreds of resumes online with no responses. Topics include how to build your network using AIChE and social media, and the right way to use your professional network when job hunting. Sponsored by AIChE's Young Professionals Committee.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam: New Computer Based Testing

12:00-12:30 PM and 3:30-4:00 PMYosemite C
This presentation will briefly review the benefits of licensure for engineers and specifically chemical engineers, and the process of getting licensed in the United States. The basic requirements of training (degrees), practice, and required exams will be enumerated and the role of individual licensing boards as well as the National Council for Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors in the overall process will be described. The role of the NCEES in preparation and administration of the FE (Fundamentals in Engineering) and individual discipline PE exams will be defined. Sponsored by AIChE's Career and Education Operating Council (CEOC).

What Does "Well Mixed Mean & What Happens if a CSTR is NOT Perfectly Mixed

12:30-1:00 PM and 2:30-3:00 PMYosemite C
Three radically simplifying ChE assumptions are that gases are ideal, processes run at steady state, and stirred tanks are perfectly mixed. Real processes are full of saturated gases, time varying operations, and complex mixing problems. In this short introduction, a technical definition of mixing is used as a framework to illustrate interesting industrial mixing problems in nuclear waste clean-up, pharmaceutical process development, bioreactors, cosmetics, and food production. Participants will leave with tools to identify mixing sensitive points in a process before they become mixing problems. Sponsored by AIChE's North American Mixing Forum.

Interviewing in the Energy Sector

12:30-1:00 PM, 1:30-2:00 PM and 3:00-3:30 PMGolden Gate 2/3
The Fuels & Petrochemicals Division executive officers will provide insight into preparing for and interviewing in the energy sector, which includes traditional and alternative energy. Tips include what employers are looking for in candidates and how to differentiate yourself from similar candidates. Sponsored by AIChE's Fuels & Petrochemicals Division.

Producing Videos to Increase Both Membership and Mentoring

12:30-1:00 PM and 2:30-3:00 PMImperial B
The Fuels & Petrochemicals Division executive officers will provide insight into preparing for and interviewing in the energy sector, which includes traditional and alternative energy. Tips include what employers are looking for in candidates and how to differentiate yourself from similar candidates. Sponsored by AIChE's Fuels & Petrochemicals Division.

Is Graduate School Right For You?

12:30-1:30 PMFranciscan C/D
This panel will include young professionals who have chosen to receive their graduate degree, as well as young professionals who made the choice to go straight to industry. The focus of this workshop will involve how to decide whether to go to graduate school or not, how to chose the correct school and degree type, and appropriate timing for obtaining a graduate degree. Sponsored by AIChE's Young Professionals Committee.

Management Careers & the Chemical Engineer

12:30-1:30 PM and 3:00-4:00 PMFranciscan A/B
Hear a presentation on potential career paths and opportunities in management for the chemical engineer. Ask panelists from industry, academia and government questions about career advancement and opportunities for chemical engineers in management. Hear some of the trials and tribulations these engineers have experienced during their careers. Sponsored by AIChE's Management Division.

How to Maintain a Strong and Healthy Relationship with a Sister Chapter

12:30-1:00 PM and 3:30-4:00 PMPlaza A
Sister chapters allow U.S. and international student chapters to get acquainted with one another. It gives students the opportunity to learn about different cultures, which is extremely important in the modern global economy. Interested in becoming a sister chapter to one of AIChE's new international student chapters? Stop by and see how your student chapter can get involved. Sponsored by University of Michigan.

Introduction to Mixing: Characterization of Impellers

1:00-1:30 PM and 2:00-2:30 PMYosemite A/B
Impellers operating in stirred tanks are, essentially, high flow–low head pumps. Their performance characteristics can be compared in terms of the power input by the impeller, the flow generated and the hydraulic efficiency (the ratio of the flowing fluid’s kinetic energy to the energy input by the mixing device). Inefficient impellers are generally categorized as “high-shear” while efficient impellers are “high flow” or “high efficiency.”  Sponsored by North American Mixing Forum.

Bringing the Sophomore Retreat to Your School

1:00-1:30 PM and 2:00-2:30 PMYosemite C
Texas A&M's AIChE Sophomore Retreat helps freshmen chemical engineers transition into sophomores by employing innovative methods to strengthen their academic and professional skills. The retreat creates an environment that encourages friendship while providing students with career advice and mentorship. Sponsored by Texas A&M University, College Station.

Is This Stuff a Liquid or a Solid? Dos and Don'ts in Non-Newtonian Mixing Applications

1:00-1:30 PM and 2:30-3:00 PMGolden Gate 4/5
Complex fluids like gels, pastes and suspensions are ubiquitous in our daily lives and dominate a wide range of chemical engineering processes. In this lecture we will cover briefly some fundamental rheology concepts to differentiate Newtonian from Non-Newtonian fluids through specific examples. We will then explore the effects of different rheological behaviors on the design and performance of stirred reactors. Selected practical examples including both good and bad practices in Non-Newtonian mixing applications will be presented and discussed. Sponsored by North American Mixing Forum.

How-To Programs to Develop Involvement in Your Student Chapter

1:30-2:00 PM and 3:00-3:30 PMImperial B
This workshop will present the programs and techniques employed by the University of South Florida AIChE Student Chapter to increase involvement and member development. Some of the key programs include a student mentorship program, a mentorship program with local engineering companies and a program to offer Chem-E-Car as a technical elective course. Sponsored by University of South Florida.

AIChE Chapter Corporate Sponsorship

1:30-2:00 PM and 3:00-3:30 PMYosemite C
Before school starts every year, our chapter sends out a corporate interest survey, where companies will let us know what events they are interested in sponsoring, and what level of sponsorship they would like to pay for. From here, all of the events are scheduled, and AIChE members are able to take advantage of all of the corporate interactions. We want to share our best practices and techniques with you! Sponsored by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

How to Ace the Interview

1:30-2:00 PMPlaza A
2:00-2:30 PMGolden Gate 6
For a lot of recent college graduates, one of the biggest obstacles they face when looking for a job is conquering the job interview. This session will offer tips on how to properly prepare for an interview, what to do during an interview, and how to follow up. These tips can also be applied to networking and career fair situations. This session will feature AIChE Young Professionals with plenty of interview experience who can provide expertise on how to present oneself with confidence, and ace the interview. Sponsored by AIChE's Young Professionals Committee.

Path for Chemical Engineers in Nuclear Engineering Science and Technology

2:00-2:30 PM and 3:30-4:00 PMImperial B
The main objective of this workshop is to highlight the role and contribution of chemical engineers to NES&T research, development, and operations, as well as nuclear energy policy and economics. Students will have an opportunity to explore and understand how to apply chemical engineering skills and concepts to systems and applications of nuclear processes and projects (for example, reprocessing technology, fuel cells, nuclear reactor design, and nuclear safeguards) occurring in top national laboratories, industries, and associated universities. Sponsored by AIChE's Nuclear Engineering Division.

Fostering and Sustaining Your AIChE Student Chapter

2:00-2:30 PM and 3:30-4:00 PMGolden Gate 7/8
AIChE Student Chapters embrace their strengths to maintain their chapter. The New Mexico State University AIChE Student Chapter would like to share the areas it finds its strengths in, sustaining and glowing their student chapter. Sponsored by New Mexico State University.

Putting Together an Effective "Career Week"

2:00-2:30 PM and 4:00-4:30 PMGolden Gate 2/3
This presentation will address the importance of, and best strategies, regarding events such as meals with recruiters, information sessions, social events with recruiters, career-related workshops and more. Our combination of resources for students and recruiters, in addition to activities to promote networking, have proven to be effective in getting students jobs and internships. Sponsored by Brigham Young University.

Green Collar Career Opportunities for Chemical Engineers

2:30-3:30 PM and 3:30-4:30 PMYosemite A/B
During this workshop, our expert panel members will help navigate you to various career paths and opportunities, creativity in environmental fields, and will encourage you to be active members of the Environmental Division. Sponsored by AIChE's Environmental Division.

Getting to Know Your Student Chapter & AIChE's Executive Student Committee

2:30-3:00 PM and 4:00-4:30 PMPlaza A
How can you get more involved with your own student chapter and AIChE as a larger organization? Come learn about AIChE's Executive Student Committee and learn the importance of taking advantage of all of the resources available to each student based on their involvement in AIChE. Sponsored by AIChE's Executive Student Committee.

What I Wish I Knew When I Graduated

3:30-4:30 PMGolden Gate 4/5
This will be a panel workshop, which will give Young Professional members the opportunity to share tips on how undergraduates can prepare for life after college. There will be a few prepared questions which will focus on the transition from college to the real world, networking skills, negotiations skills, and essential skill sets for life after college. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience to ask our panel about what to expect after graduating with a chemical engineering degree. Sponsored by AIChE's Young Professionals Committee.