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.

May 13, 2022

You’re invited to Support the Wispelwey Fellowship

For nearly two decades, June Wispelwey’s outstanding leadership at AIChE led to the founding of the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) and to ensuring the long-term stability of AIChE. The June C. Wispelwey Bio Leadership Fellowship was established to recognize her work and legacy.

Apr 22, 2022

A very Special International Women’s Day at Celanese

On March 8, International Women’s Day, Celanese collaborated with AIChE to host a virtual Leadership Workshop for Rising Star Women Engineers. Convening Celanese engineers worldwide on this particular day was a meaningful opportunity to bring valuable and empowering information to those seeking to enhance their engineering careers.

Apr 13, 2022

Supporting SBE Student Member Careers

Last spring, the AIChE® Foundation in collaboration with the Institute’s Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) launched the Be the Change matching gift challenge underwritten by Drs. Arindam & Gopa Bose. We had the opportunity to invite SBE student member recipients to share their experiences and gratitude.

Mar 31, 2022

Process Engineers Donna Bryant and Carlos Prieto Perez: Doing a World of Good

In this episode, you will hear from two young professional process engineers about their respective paths that led them to process engineering, how early recognition by AIChE as promising young ChEs helped overcome challenges, the importance of process engineers, and their goals for the future. 

Jan 14, 2022

All for Good: Engineering for Inclusion Programs continue to Do More Good!

The AIChE Foundation's signature event, Leadership Workshop for Rising Star Women Engineers drew nearly 250 women from both industry and academia. The Rising Star Leadership Workshop for high performing women engineers is a program for early to mid-career women utilizing best practices and leading research on gender to advance professional goals.

Dec 13, 2021

Congratulations, Aditya M. Kunjapur, the 2021 Langer Fellow

AIChE presented the 2021 Langer Prize to Aditya M. Kunjapur. Each year, an unrestricted grant of up to $100,000 is awarded to an individual or group of creative early-career researchers to pursue blue sky ideas potentially leading to technical and commercial innovations.

Dec 02, 2021

2021 AIChE® Gala, Celebrated the Extraordinary

The 2021 AIChE Gala raised more than $530K! We celebrated the contributions of Moderna and presented AIChE’s Doing a World of Good Medal to fellow founding partners of Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI), showcasing the good works of chemical engineers.

Nov 04, 2021

Inspiring the Next Generation of Extraordinary

The Ohio State University Student Chapter pilots the Dow K-12 STEM Ambassador Program in Columbus, OH classrooms. Thanks to the generosity of AIChE Foundation Trustee, Dan Coombs, and his wife Ellen, both Buckeyes, and Dow, which donated the content, including experiments, and supported the students with classroom best practices and other trainings.

Oct 25, 2021

Air Products is a long-time ally of AIChE’s LGBTQ+ Community

AIChE’s LGBTQ+ & Allies community was supported early on with a financial gift from Air Products enabling an inclusive and welcoming environment where all people are valued and respected, fostering their dreams to become chemical engineers.

Sep 21, 2021

Give out to Celebrate PRIDE and Allyship

In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month in October, our LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative steering committee has underwritten a $10,000 matching gift challenge, Celebrating PRIDE and Allyship. Join us in being the change with your generous gift.

Aug 06, 2021

The Future is Bright

On July 30, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) celebrated its inaugural class at a virtual welcome event.

Jul 19, 2021

Celebrating the Extraordinary

Check out the 2021 AIChE® Foundation Doing a World of Good campaign report! Celebrating the extraordinary work of engineers and demonstrating what is possible when we come together as philanthropists investing in the profession.

Jun 25, 2021

MAC’s 2020 Scholars Share their Experience

This year’s deadline for the Minority Affairs Committee scholarships is fast approaching – July 15th. These prestigious scholarships are funded by the Foundation’s Henry T. and Melinda C. Brown Endowment for the Education of Underrepresented Minority Chemical Engineers.

May 19, 2021

Major Milestone for the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) & Spring ...

FOSSI founding partners AIChE, ACC, Chemours and HBCU Week Foundation announced a major milestone. With funding from 43 chemical manufacturers and related industry stakeholders, the inaugural goal to fund scholarships for 150 students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) has been met and surpassed!

May 18, 2021

Be the Change

Check out the AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good eight-page insert feature in May 2021 issue of the Chemical Engineering Process (CEP) Magazine. We are deeply grateful to our community of 6,500+ individual donors and corporate partners who have made the campaign a tremendous success.

Apr 19, 2021

Langer Fellow Leverages Award to Do Extraordinary Good

María Eugenia Inda, the 2020 Langer Fellow was awarded funding of $75,000 to support her research to develop novel non-invasive strategies for the early diagnosis and alleviation of inflammation in intestinal disorders, with an initial application for infants.

Apr 15, 2021

FOSSI Founding Partners and Industry Leaders Build Corporate Engagement

Chris Jahn, President & CEO of the American Chemistry Council hosted fellow Future of STEM Scholar Initiative (FOSSI) Founding Partners Mark Vergnano, President & CEO, Chemours; Ashley Christopher, CEO, HBCU Week Foundation; and June Wispelwey, to brief executives from 13 ACC member companies on the recently launched program, FOSSI.

Apr 14, 2021

Future ChemE Leaders Speak to Foundation Trustees

Meet two future chemical engineering leaders, Carlos Prieto-Perez and Elizabeth Haughton. They shared their personal journeys with the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees at the spring business meeting.

Feb 08, 2021

Join Dr. Arindam Bose’s BioCatalyst Matching Gift Challenge

We are delighted to announce Drs. Arindam and Gopa Bose for their champion $25,000 matching gift challenge to support AIChE's Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) student programming. All gifts made now through May 31, 2021 will be matched dollar for dollar.

Dec 18, 2020

So You Want to Change the World?

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) application is OPEN! Learn how you can get involved and help spread the word about this transformative opportunity with your local communities’ teachers, parents and students.

Dec 14, 2020

Your Support Will Solve the World's Grand Challenges

Join us this giving season in supporting the AIChE® Foundation to #ShareTheGood. Despite the challenges we’ve all experienced this year, our profession continues to advance, evolve and transform.

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

ChemEs 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 ChemEs

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.