2023 AIChE Gala

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 6:30pm EST
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The AIChE Annual Gala is the organization’s signature fundraising event. Funds raised from the gala support the Doing a World of Good campaign’s transformative priorities. 

We will honor Erin Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer of AdvanSix Inc. and Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Products, in recognition for their commitment to operational excellence and for their dedication to the advancement of diversity and equity across their workforces and within the engineering profession.

The 2023 Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to Samir Mitragotri, Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, for his outstanding contributions in biologically inspired engineering and groundbreaking developments for the treatment of various ailments, including diabetes, cancer, skin diseases, multiple sclerosis, and infections, among others.

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Hotel Room Blocks are available at: The Pierre and the Omni Berkshire.


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.

Seifi Ghasemi

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Products

Seifi Ghasemi became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products in July 2014. In this role, he is focused on setting the strategy and policies of the company, developing leadership, and meeting shareholder commitments.

Doing a World of Good Medalist:

Samir Mitragotri

Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University

Professor Mitragotri’s research is focused on drug delivery. He has developed innovative technologies for needle-free drug delivery via skin patches and oral pills which are easy-to-use and patient-friendly. In addition, Prof. Mitragotri has also developed new methods of targeted drug delivery for the treatment of cancer and vascular diseases.

Gala Chairs:

Jonathan S. Lock

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chemours Company

Jonathan S. Lock is Chemours’ Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer a role he has held since June 2023. He joined Chemours in 2018 as Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations.  Most recently he was Senior Vice President and...

Katie McDonald

Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Relations, Air Products

Katie McDonald is vice president, Corporate Communications and Corporate Relations, at Air Products. She has leadership responsibility for employee communications, executive communications, financial and sustainability communications, media relations, crisis communications, and digital and...

Karen McKee

President, ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company: Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation, ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Karen McKee is President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation based in Houston.

John Sampson

Senior V.P., Operations, Manufacturing & Engineering, Dow

John Sampson is Sr. Vice President for Operations, Manufacturing & Engineering for Dow. In this role, Sampson presides over the Operations Leadership Team (OLT) and is accountable for the global Operations organization consisting of more than 22,000 employees across the globe. He is a member...

Kelly Slieter

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, AdvanSix Inc.

Kelly joined AdvanSix as senior vice president and chief human resources officer in 2020. Kelly’s motto is – Be Curious About People!

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.

Gavin P. Towler

Corporate Chief Scientist, Sustainability Technologies, Honeywell

Dr. Gavin Towler is the Corporate Chief Scientist, Sustainability Technologies of Honeywell Performance Materials Technologies.