Impact

Following are stories about seasoned chemical engineers, students who aspire to be chemical engineers, and people who inspire chemical engineers. Plus, see updates about the AIChE foundation and its progress.

Sep 22, 2020

Show Up. Speak Up. Move Up.

The AIChE Foundation welcomed Camille Batiste, President, Global Supply Chain from Archer Daniels Midland at the Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) Keynote address. 

Sep 16, 2020

ChemE’s Doing a World of Good – Even When Six Feet Apart

The AIChE Foundation was thrilled to host several networking sessions highlighting ChemEs Doing a World of Good during the 2020 Virtual Spring Meeting and 16th GCPS. More than 100 meeting participants joined throughout the week to network and socialize.

Sep 14, 2020

ChemEs United to Do More Good

The AIChE Foundation Fall 2020 Newsletter features inspiring stories of how our 60,000+ members are at the forefront of creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce for all chemical engineers.

Sep 09, 2020

Investing in the Next Generation of ChemE’s

Leonardo Santos Barbosa and Abidemi Awojuyigbe, past grant beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Foundation Board of Trustees for investing in the next generation. They shared inspiring stories of how receiving an AIChE International Student Chapter Leadership travel grant and Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) Scholarship Award for College Students made a difference on their path to earning a chemical engineering degree.

Jul 20, 2020

AIChE Foundation Awards Grants to Five Projects

Thanks to our dedicated Annual Fund donors, the Foundation funded five community driven projects with grant awards totaling $84,000 this year. Since 2012, the Annual Fund has provided $2MM in grant funding for 98 projects lead by our membership to advance the profession.

Jul 13, 2020

Continuing a Legacy of Inspirational Leadership – Supporting Young ...

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Dean, College of Engineering, UC Davis along with Kathy Chen, the late Dr. John C. Chen’s wife, hosted a virtual coffee chat via Zoom with past Chen Awardees: Donna Bryant (2018), Colin Young (2018) and Julia Lin (2019) to hear about their professional journey since selection.

Jul 08, 2020

Rising Star Virtual Workshop

AIChE held its third annual and inaugural Rising Star workshop with over 65 talented women from industry and academia across the country! The workshop was a huge success, increasing the accessibility of the program to a substantially broader group of women.   

Jun 17, 2020

AIChE Honors Peter B. Lederman, Chemical Engineer and Humanitarian

Dr. Peter B. Lederman, an AIChE Fellow, past chair of the AIChE Foundation and former director who made extensive humanitarian and leadership contributions to AIChE and the chemical engineering profession across decades, passed away on June 9, 2020. He was 88.

Jun 08, 2020

A World of Doing More Good

The 2020 Doing a World of Good Campaign report highlights the lasting change we’ve put into motion for the betterment of humanity through chemical engineering. We are grateful for our community of 6,000+ industry partners and individual donors!

Jun 02, 2020

Industry Leaders Voice Optimism in the Midst of COVID-19

Executives representing more than two dozen companies gathered online at the AIChE Foundation’s Corporate Council and Leadership Forum to discuss their organizations’ responses to COVID-19 — and offered reflections about the changes wrought by the pandemic.  

May 08, 2020

Making a World of Difference

Even during these challenging times, the AIChE Foundation is humbled to announce Syamal and Susmita Poddar generously contributed $15,000 for a matching gift challenge. All donations made through May 31st will be matched dollar for dollar! We greatly appreciate any support and thank you for doubling your impact.

May 05, 2020

Craig Kennedy and Merck: Doing a World of Good

Listen to the first of a special series of the Doing a World of Good Podcast, generously underwritten by Raj and Kamla Gupta, focused on how chemical engineers and our industry are addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

Feb 12, 2020

Jay Keasling: Doing a World of Good

In this Doing a World of Good Raj and Kamla Gupta Podcast episode meet Dr. Jay Keasling, who discusses his team’s pioneering efforts in the metabolic engineering space and receiving the 2019 Doing a World of Good medal.

Feb 05, 2020

AIChE Rising Star Workshop and Leadership Equity Program

The 2019 AIChE Gala, Doing a World of Good, featured two exceptional pre-event leadership programs. A Rising Star workshop for women and a Leadership Equity program to advance underrepresented engineers toward executive level roles.

Jan 17, 2020

AIChE K–12 STEM Showcase

The inaugural AIChE K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Outreach Competition was held during the 2019 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

Jan 10, 2020

César de la Fuente, Inaugural Langer Prizes Fellow

AIChE has awarded its first Langer Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence to César de la Fuente, Presidential Assistant Professor in the departments of bioengineering, microbiology and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jan 07, 2020

Jessica Boyer and Jenna Caputo: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good Raj and Kamla Gupta Podcast, you'll meet Jessica Boyer and Jenna Caputo. They talk about the importance of the Rising Stars Leadership Workshop to recognize and encourage the efforts of women in our industry.

Dec 18, 2019

"What Chemical Engineers Do" Film

The “What Chemical Engineers Do” film premiered at the 2019 AIChE Gala. This film illustrates the substance and breadth of chemical engineering's contributions, and hopes to inspire young people and the public to seek a better understanding and take more interest in chemical engineering.

Dec 10, 2019

Thank you for your generosity!

During this holiday season, please join AIChE in making a year-end gift that will send a powerful message that we as chemical engineers, are committed to being a positive force for change. Thank you for your generosity and happy holidays from our family to yours!

Dec 08, 2019

Cari Parker, David Miller, and Teni Butler: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Doing a World of Good Raj and Kamla Gupta Podcast, you will meet Cari Parker, David Miller, and Teni Butler discuss Eastman's successful roll-out of the SAChE® (Safety and Chemical Engineering Education) Curriculum to their 2019 summer interns.

Oct 31, 2019

Empowering Women and Underrepresented Groups in Chemical Engineering

From Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau, to Mae Jemison, Barbara Minor to Frances Arnold, these trailblazing and brilliant chemical engineers have inspired thousands of women and underrepresented groups to follow in their footsteps to change the course of history and become chemical engineers.

Oct 11, 2019

Faculty Summer Vacations Focused on Safety

Over the past summer, while many of us were vacationing, over 130 faculty members from around the globe took time out of their well-earned summer breaks to attend our industry led process safety workshops, through AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative (UPSLI).  Wo

Sep 16, 2019

AIChE Foundation Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the fall newsletter which highlights stories on how we are at the forefront of creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce for all chemical engineers.

Jul 09, 2019

Dow’s ongoing dedication to Doing a World of Good

Demonstrating their commitment to safety and ethical practice, on June 10 - 13th, 2019, Dow hosted a highly successful three-day workshop to train faculty members from Universities across the country how process safety is put into industrial practice.

May 31, 2019

WISE Program Reunion Part 2: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll hear the second of our two-part discussion with six past participants about their Washington Internship for Students of engineering (WISE) experience and how it enhances careers.

May 20, 2019

All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion

The AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good campaign announced the launch of its latest initiative, All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion, a comprehensive, multi-year, industrywide collective effort to increase inclusion in engineering.

May 13, 2019

Inspiring Global Advancement

The AIChE Foundation had the opportunity to chat with Fahima Rafiqi, a chemical engineering student at Manhattan College and Past Chair of the AIChE Executive Student Committee.
May 06, 2019

WISE Program Reunion Part 1: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet six past participants of the Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE) Program how the program has shaped their thinking about government and industry partnership.

May 02, 2019

The Poddar Award for Rising Chemical Engineers

The AIChE Foundation had the opportunity to chat with Doing a World of Good champions, Syamal and Susmita Poddar on their generous support to endow The Poddar Award for Rising Chemical Engineers.

Apr 15, 2019

Fostering Inclusive Communities in Engineering

Fostering Inclusive Communities was part of the leadership development track at the AIChE Spring Meeting, and is a core program of the AIChE Foundation's recently launched All for Good: Engineering for Inclusion initiative.

Apr 11, 2019

Villanova University – Igniting Change

On February 1- 2, 2019, Villanova University along with CCPS held a very successful Student Process Safety boot camp. One of our largest process safety student boot camps, there were sixty – four students (57 Juniors and 7 Seniors) that came together to learn about process safety.

Mar 08, 2019

The Good Food Institute: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Allison Berke, Liz Specht, and Elliot Swartz of the Good Food Institute, and learn more about the development of plant-based and cell-based meat products.

Feb 06, 2019

Deborah Grubbe and James Porter: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Deborah Grubbe and James Porter, and learn how to use strategies for adding purpose to both your career and retirement goals.

Jan 11, 2019

LyondellBasell Safety Experts Advance Best Practices

LyondellBasell one of world’s the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, teamed up with AIChE and CCPS hosting Chemical Engineering professors from around the world to deliver process safety best practices. Educators from the U.S.

Jan 09, 2019

Christine Seymour – Investing in the Future

AIChE Past President and Fellow, Christine Seymour, has made a tremendous personal commitment to the future of the profession by gifting one year of AIChE Young Professional membership for all Lehigh University BS Chemical Engineering graduates starting with the class of 2019.

Dec 19, 2018

Happy Holidays from the AIChE Foundation

Thank you for your support. Your generosity has been the driving force to advancing the chemical engineering profession and positively impacting our global society.

Dec 05, 2018

Building Respectful and Inclusive Cultures

On Monday, October 29th 2018, at the 2018 AIChE Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, The AIChE Foundation in partnership with Chevron co-hosted a session titled “Conscious Inclusion, Building Respectful and Inclusive Cultures”.

Nov 15, 2018

Celebrating Women in Chemical Engineering

AIChE's Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC) commemorated it’s 20th anniversary with a day-long special symposium at the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

Nov 12, 2018

AIChE LGBTQ+ Student Ice Cream Social

On Saturday, October 27th at the  2018 AIChE Annual Student Conference in Pittsburgh the AIChE Foundation hosted the inaugural AIChE LGBTQ+ Ice Cream Social for students. The social was attended by over 100 AIChE students representing universities and student chapters across the globe.

Nov 09, 2018

A Hurricane Can’t Stop Students From Learning

On September 22-23, 2018 thirty students from North Carolina State University came together after a week of canceled classes due to Hurricane Florence and a stack of extra assignments to learn about process safety.

Sep 25, 2018

AIChE Foundation Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the AIChE Foundation newsletter which celebrates the good work we do around the globe thanks to the incredibly generous donors who make it all possible, and provide&nb

Sep 11, 2018

Lady De La Via, Doing a World of Good

The AIChE Foundation recently met with Lady De La Via, Reliability Engineer at Schlumberger. In 2010, Lady graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in chemical engineering.

Aug 27, 2018

Amita Gupta and Sujata Bhatia: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Amita Gupta and Sujata Bhatia, two fascinating women using their considerable talents to help radically transform the medical and public health sectors.

Aug 15, 2018

BASF Hosts First Faculty Workshop on Process Safety

As a Founders’ Circle member of our Doing a World of Good campaign, BASF recently hosted their first process safety workshop to better educate faculty and provide an in-depth look at the importance of process safety education for undergraduates.

Jul 10, 2018

Gift from Eric Reiner Helps Launch LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative

Eric S. Reiner, a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a retired managing director at UBS AG (the Swiss bank), has kicked off the fundraising for AIChE’s new LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative with a $50,000 donation.

Jun 07, 2018

Gilda Barabino, Christine Grant, and Paula Hammond: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Gilda Barabino, Christine Grant, and Paula Hammond, all of whom are active in AIChE’s Minority Affairs Committee. Listen on the Giving site or subscribe in iTunes. This podcast is supported by a generous donation from Raj & Kamla Gupta.

May 11, 2018

Kelly Barb and John Cirucci: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Kelly Barb and John Cirucci, co-chairs of AIChE's Global Social Initiatives Committee, a working group dedicated to promoting volunteerism and social action within the organization. Listen on the Giving site or subscribe in iTunes. This podcast is supported by a generous donation from Raj & Kamla Gupta.

Apr 03, 2018

Championing the Foundation and Doing a World of Good

Last year, Syamal and Susmita Poddar announced a matching gift challenge — offering to match dollar for dollar up to $20,000 all donations made to the Institute’s Annual Fund during year-end.

Dec 27, 2017

Individuals from around the globe joined #AllforGood

For the first time since the AIChE Foundation Doing a World of Good campaign’s launch, every meeting attendee had the opportunity to join the cause and have some fun at the Foundation’s #AllforGood wall.

Dec 20, 2017

Happy Holidays from the AIChE Foundation

Thank you for your support. Your generosity has been the driving force to advancing the chemical engineering profession and positively impacting our global society. 



Dec 05, 2017

AIChE® 35 Under 35 Award

At the 2017 Annual AIChE Meeting in Minneapolis, AIChE and the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) recognized and celebrated 35 outstanding young professional AIChE members with the AIChE 35 Under 35 Award for their significant contributions to the Institute and to the chemical eng

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