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.

Apr 25, 2024

Tackling Global Challenges is the Focus of Langer Fellows

Bob Langer continues to inspire, support and mentor by focusing on failure (and how not to let it define you) and making an impact (every time you embrace a challenge it should make the world better). Five Langer Fellows, soon to be six, are doing just that.

Apr 23, 2024

Today’s Chen Scholarship Winners are Tomorrow’s Versatile Leaders

Committed to supporting and mentoring the next generation, Dr. John C. Chen's impact on young chemical engineers continues thanks to his wife, Kathy who launched the Chen Endowment for Young Professional Leadership. In only a few years, twelve early career professionals are complementing their technical skills with leadership training, expanding their networks and creating a community where they will achieve their career goals.

Top center: Dr. Gregory Stephanopoulos; bottom left: Jens Nielsen; bottom right: James C. Liao
Feb 22, 2024

Gregory N. Stephanopoulos Endowment Reaches Historic Milestone

In partnership with the AIChE Foundation, an endowment was launched specifically to support the Stephanopoulos Award in Metabolic Engineering, ensuring that one of the founding fathers of metabolic engineering is recognized in perpetuity. Recently, the endowment exceeded its goal by nearly 10%, enabling future awardees to be selected.

FOSSI scholars and sponsors enjoy a great day together at North Carolina A&T State University
Feb 21, 2024

FOSSI's Visit to North Carolina A&T State University Sparks ...

On January 24th, 2024, FOSSI visited the campus of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C.—home to 75 FOSSI scholars. Excitement and energy filled the Deese Ballroom as scholars, over 40 members of 18 FOSSI sponsor companies, and a distinguished group of A&T faculty and administrators came together to meet and network.

LGBTQ+ & Allies Community (L) and LatinX in ChE (R)
Feb 16, 2024

Presenting Two Projects Approved for AIChE Foundation Funding: LGBTQ+ & ...

The AIChE Foundation is excited to announce two projects approved for funding as part of the Doing a World of Good Grant Program: LGBTQ+ & Allies Programming and Networking Events and LatinX in Chemical Engineering. These initiatives will connect underrepresented chemical engineer communities and deepen our investment in sustaining AIChE’s programs in alignment with IDEAL.

FOSSI students at the NYSE. Image courtesy of NYSE Group. NYSE does not recommend or endorse any investments, investment strategies, companies, products or services.
Dec 21, 2023

The Bells are Ringing on Wall Street…for our FOSSI Scholars!

A lucky thirteen FOSSI scholars got the thrill of a lifetime when they were asked to help ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Broadcast on live television, the group gathered on the bell podium with AIChE Executive Director & CEO Darlene Schuster and Dow Senior Vice President John Sampson, to count down to the market close.

Scott Love and the 2023 WIC Mentorship Awardees (L to R: Anush Chiappino-Pepe, Louisa Nara, Christina Chan)
Nov 21, 2023

Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) Honors Three Mentorship Awardees

Generous and dedicated, Scott and Karen Love know that investing in today’s female ChEs will advance our profession. Innovation is driven by multi-disciplinary teams which include diverse perspectives and experiences. The Loves’ multi-year donation expanded WIC’s Mentorship Awards from one to three.

RAPID NumberUp Innovation Summer Camp 2023
Oct 22, 2023

Helping Ensure the Future of Chemical Engineering

In 2008, Congress and the National Association of Estate Planners created National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Why is planning for the future so important? Planning creates a foundation of financial security for your family and can help support nonprofit organizations like AIChE, in which you’ve invested your time and talent.

Ice Cream is Chemical Engineering Comic
Oct 22, 2023

Illustrating Innovation: Promoting the Possibilities of Chemical Engineering ...

The AIChE K-12 Committee created a series of comics aimed at high school and first-year college students to drive interest in chemical engineering and the solutions made possible thanks to chemical engineers. This incredible Foundation-funded outreach effort connects students with real-world applications and inspires the next generation of ChEs.

Carlos Prieto-Perez, MAC Scholar
Sep 20, 2023

Chasing the ChE Dream – Donations Support Future Innovators

Nearly three years after the passing of Minority Affairs Community co-founder, Henry Brown, nearly 50% of the 2023 Brown Endowment fundraising goal is achieved. Thanks to a dedicated group of individual donors, AIChE’s commitment to engaging and educating minority engineers will continue into the future.

Fall 2023 AIChE Foundation Newsletter
Sep 07, 2023

Learn How the AIChE® Foundation is Inspiring Extraordinary

The AIChE Foundation is excited to share our fall 2023 newsletter, which showcases recent milestones and progress we have achieved through our Doing a World of Good campaign. Thanks to the sustained support of our donor community, the Foundation invested in innovative ideas, inspired the next generation of ChE talent, and continues to advance a safe and ethical profession.

FOSSI Class of 2023
Aug 08, 2023

Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) Welcomes 2023 Class

On Monday, July 31st, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) celebrated and welcomed 132 new FOSSI scholars at a virtual gathering of 300 students, family, friends, and corporate partners. With the addition of the new class, FOSSI now boasts 430 scholars from 32 states who are enrolled at 42 HBCUs across the country.

Jun 14, 2023

2023 Doing a World of Good Campaign Report

The AIChE® Foundation is pleased to share its latest Doing a World of Good campaign report, which recognizes and celebrates the incredible work that the Foundation has accomplished with the sustained support of our donor community.

Jun 08, 2023

Manus Bio Matches Gifts to Stephanopoulos Award

To highlight the industrial translation of metabolic engineering, Manus Bio is matching gifts to the Stephanopoulos Award up to a total of $12,500. Your contribution will enable the award to be given in perpetuity, ensuring the recognition of future metabolic engineers.

May 19, 2023

Summer School's Impact Spans Generations

Recently Summer School for Chemical Engineering Faculty received gifts from donors of very different generations. Why is Summer School so important and what made them choose to contribute?

May 05, 2023

New FOSSI Donors Help Fuel a Diverse Talent Pipeline for the Future

Now in its third year, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative continues to thrive and grow.

This spring, AbbVie, Air Liquide, Air Products, Arsenal Capital, Fluor, the National Association of Chemical Distributors, Nouryon, Rockwell Automation, Day & Zimmermann, Johnson Controls, and ICL Group joined FOSSI's 60+ partners and numerous individual supporters to give underrepresented students the gifts of an education at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and access to mentoring, leadership development, and internship opportunities at sponsor companies.

Apr 21, 2023

Donor Investments Inspire Young AIChE Professionals

Each year, hundreds of AIChE® Foundation donors elect to make unrestricted gifts allowing the Foundation and the Institute to be nimble and responsive. In 2023, a portion of these unrestricted gifts opened the doors of opportunity for historically underrepresented members of the chemical engineering profession to attend conferences and events, providing inspiration as they embark upon their career.

Apr 14, 2023

Celebrate 2023 National Volunteer Week with the AIChE® Foundation

The AIChE Foundation is honored to have passionate and dedicated volunteers who offer their time and energy towards supporting our mission to doing a world of good. We encourage all our supporters to maximize their impact and see if they can give back even more with their time with volunteer grants from their companies.

L to R: Diana Alvarado, BSChE - May 2023, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology; Brandon Ugbesia, Incoming PhD Student, University of South Florida; Olamide Omisakin, Process Engineer, Shell
Mar 23, 2023

Revitalizing the Brown Endowment for the Next Generation of MAC Scholars

Minority students pursuing chemical engineering have Henry Brown, Gerry Lessells, and Jimmy Wei to thank for the creation of the Minority Affairs Community. Now Henry's legacy continues as a group of Trustees, past and present, take up the helm to revitalize the Brown Endowment. With 20% of our annual goal of $100,000 secured already, we invite you to join us by gifting inspiration to the next generation and introducing them to the bold possibilities that await one in science and engineering.

FOSSI scholars Jaden, Jala, and Courtney
Jan 25, 2023

FOSSI Hits HBCU Campus

On January 18th, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) hosted its first on-campus visit with 42 FOSSI scholars and 15 corporate sponsors at Howard University campus for lunch and a networking session. This was the first opportunity for in-person interaction between scholars and sponsors, who are eager to attend more of these gatherings in the future.

Jan 18, 2023

Double Your Extraordinary Impact

More than $26,000 was received in 2022 in matching gifts at AIChE. With a few minutes of time, you can find out if your company offers a matching gift program and multiply your donation.

Dec 20, 2022

AIChE Foundation Thanks You for Imagining Extraordinary

Imagination. Inspiration. Innovation.

These words resonated with more than 6,700 individual and corporate donors across the industry. Each one made an investment in the AIChE Foundation to advance programming around the globe. Thank you.

Dec 14, 2022

FOSSI Scholars Take Manhattan

In December, some lucky Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) students were invited to New York to help celebrate the extraordinary work of industry partners.

Nov 29, 2022

Monthly Giving Helps Donors Make a Big Impact

Mario and Leeja Eden wanted to make a significant impact and ensure the anonymous $10,000 Summer School Endowment challenge was achieved. They chose to leverage monthly giving to achieve a big impact and support an early-career ChE faculty member.

HBCU Week College Fair at Disney 2022
Oct 27, 2022

FOSSI Makes Hundreds of Dreams Come True

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) brings its magic to the HBCU Week College Fair at Disney, and proudly announces funding for 550 scholarships–more than halfway towards its goal of funding 1,000 scholarships through 2025.

Oct 11, 2022

Imagination + Extraordinary Donors = Impact at AIChE

AIChE delivers on our IDEAL promise of equality in chemical engineering. IDEAL stands for inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism, and learning, but it's much more than an acronym at AIChE—it's a commitment.

Esohe Fawole
Sep 23, 2022

Accept the Challenge and Send a Teacher to Summer School

An anonymous donor has offered to match the first $10,000 donated to the Summer School Endowment until December 31, 2022. Your investment will send an early-career ChE teacher to summer school where they’ll accelerate their professional development in a week-long immersive program.

Sep 08, 2022

Process Engineers Dr. Jill Craven and Dr. Ogochukwu Enekwizu: Doing a World of ...

In this episode, you will hear from two accomplished professional process engineers, Jill Craven and Ogochukwuv (Ogo) Enekwizu. They discuss what led to their careers as process engineers, navigating their respective industries as women and minorities, how AIChE has contributed to their professional growth, and the importance of mentorship in career progression and success. 

Aug 26, 2022

The Community of Process Engineers’ Evolution thanks to Scott & Karen Love

When lifetime AIChE philanthropists Scott and Karen Love launched the online community for process engineers in 2018, they hoped it would provide AIChE’s process engineers an arena which recognized their unique role in chemical engineering, the vast diversity of the field and the myriad of problems they solve. Today, it has evolved into a 585 global member community which offers engagement and education.

Jun 08, 2022

Doing a World of Good Campaign Annual Report, Engineering the Extraordinary

The AIChE® Foundation is pleased to share the Doing a World of Good campaign annual report, Engineering the Extraordinary. Engineers are involved in extraordinary activities around the world. Read more about how their effort to develop sustainable solutions, create new vaccines and medicines and lead groundbreaking research were accelerated by the campaign’s commitment to its five transformative priorities.

Jun 02, 2022

Making an Extraordinary Impact

The AIChE® Foundation is delighted to share how the Doing a World of Good campaign is Making an Extraordinary Impact. You will read stories highlighting the Foundation’s impact across AIChE programming as a result of our dedicated 6,688 donor community’s commitment to advance the profession for all engineers.

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.