2021 AIChE Gala

December 1, 2021
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The 2021 AIChE “Doing a World of Good” Gala will recognize companies and their leaders for solving societal problems and benefitting humanity through the safe and responsible practice of chemical engineering.

That evening, we will honor Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer, Moderna, in recognition of the company’s leadership in addressing the COVID-19 global public health crisis and developing innovative solutions that helped to save millions of lives.

The Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to AIChE's fellow founding partners of the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) – Chris Jahn, President and CEO at American Chemistry Council (ACC); Mark Vergnano, President and CEO at Chemours and Ashley S. Christopher, Founder and CEO at HBCU Week Foundation. The medal honors positive societal achievements. 

Stéphane Bancel

Chief Executive Officer, Moderna

Stéphane Bancel has served as Moderna's Chief Executive Officer since October 2011 and as a member of Moderna’s board of directors since March 2011. Before joining the Company, Mr. Bancel served for five years as Chief Executive Officer of the French diagnostics company bioMérieux SA. From July...

Chris Jahn

President and CEO, American Chemistry Council (ACC)

Chris Jahn is President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the leading association representing the $553-billion U.S. chemicals industry.

Mark Vergnano

President and CEO, The Chemours Company

Mark Vergnano was named the first President and CEO of The Chemours Company prior to its spinoff from DuPont in July 2015. He brought with him three decades of experience in the chemical industry as well as an enviable legacy of thoughtful and results-driven leadership.

Ashley S. Christopher

Founder and CEO, HBCU Week Foundation

Ashley founded HBCU Week in 2017, a company whose mission is to encourage enrollment into HBCUs, provide scholarship dollars for matriculation and maintain a pipeline of employment from undergraduate school to corporate America.  

Gala Dinner Chairs: 

Lori J. Ryerkerk

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Celanese Corporation

Lori J. Ryerkerk is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global chemical and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Celanese is a leader in the development and production of materials used in most major industrial and consumer...

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...