2020 AIChE Virtual Gala

December 10, 2020

Doing a World of Good

The 2020 AIChE “Doing a World of Good” Gala recognized companies and their leaders for solving societal problems and benefitting humanity through the safe and responsible practice of chemical engineering. Funds raised at the 2020 gala support underrepresented communities — specifically focusing on expanding opportunities for minority students pursuing careers in STEM.

Watch an archive of the gala, which celebrated the changemakers who are transforming the chemical engineering profession.

Why Chemical Engineering?

AIChE student member Sofia Melgar from La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras video which premiered at the 2020 Virtual Gala discusses Why Chemical Engineering? Her video that builds on the success of the What Chemical Engineers Do video in educating the public about our profession and encouraging students to consider pursuing the important and rewarding career of chemical engineering.

Photobooth Selfies

No red carpet? No problem. Check out gala attendees virtual photobooth selfies!

Honoring: 

Edward D. Breen

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont

AIChE is pleased to honor DuPont for its commitment to positively impacting the world through the development of innovative sustainable products.

Marc N. Casper

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Thermo Fisher Scientific

AIChE is pleased to honor Thermo Fisher Scientific for its leadership in bringing government and industry groups together to accelerate access to COVID-19 testing and vaccine development, and for its mission to build a healthier, cleaner and safer world.

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity (Retired), Chevron Corporation

Doing a World of Good Medal

The Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to S. Shariq Yosufzai for his outstanding leadership in creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive profession. The Doing a World of Good Medal recognizes the achievements of an engineer whose work has had a positive impact on society and the world.

Gala Dinner Chairs: 

Erin Kane

President and CEO, AdvanSix Inc.

Erin Kane is president and CEO of AdvanSix Inc., a fully integrated manufacturer of nylon 6 resin, chemical intermediates and ammonium sulfate.

Paul G. Parker

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development , Thermo Fisher Scientific

Paul Parker was named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development in April 2020, with responsibility for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate development opportunities.

Daryl Roberts

Chief Operations and Engineering Officer , DuPont

Daryl Roberts is Chief Operations & Engineering Officer at DuPont. He is a visionary and global leader in the manufacturing industry, with experience in driving improved productivity, business performance, compliance, health and safety, and profitability. 

John Televantos

Senior Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners

John Televantos is a Senior Partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on the Specialty Industrial and Healthcare sectors.

Michael P. Thien

Senior Vice President, Merck & Co., Inc.

Dr. Thien has worked in new product and process development at Merck for over 30 years. After receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech (1982), an Sc.D. from MIT in biochemical engineering (1988) and a post doc at the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, Mike joined the...