JW Marriott Essex House

2017 AIChE Gala

December 6, 2017
Black Tie Optional

Inspiring Young Minds

Lastly, we are very proud to share this short film, “The Letter”, which takes that message of inspiration and inclusion to an even younger audience, We hope you enjoy it, here

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View a slideshow of images from the 2017 Gala


Inspiring The Next Generation of Engineers

The 2017 AIChE Gala recognized companies and their leaders for inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Funds raised will support programs to diversify, strengthen and retain undergraduate engineering students and improve pre-college STEM education.


Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Management Board, LyondellBasell

Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel is chief executive officer and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world.

Jack Futcher

President & Chief Operating Officer, Bechtel Group, Inc.

Jack Futcher is president and chief operating officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. He is responsible for the management, and oversight of Bechtel’s global operations, is chairman of the operating committee, and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Doing a World of Good Medal


Jim Fitterling

The inaugural Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to President and Chief Operating Officer of the Dow Chemical Company.

The Doing a World of Good Medal honors positive societal achievements of engineers.

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Gala Dinner Chairs: 

Jeff Sipes

Principal Vice President Marketing and Business Development , Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Jeff Sipes is the manager of Marketing and Business Development for Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals based in Houston, Texas.

Gavin P. Towler

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies

Dr. Gavin Towler is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Honeywell Performance Materials Technologies (PMT).