On Tuesday, October 30th 2018, the AIChE Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC) commemorated the committee’s 20th anniversary with a day-long special symposium featuring invited talks by 20 prominent women in chemical engineering from diverse backgrounds and affiliations. The speakers included rising stars to pioneers, as well as more than ten AIChE Fellows, four past WIC Chairs, and four past, present, or elected AIChE Presidents.
The WIC 20th Anniversary Symposium illustrated the range of scientific accomplishments of women in chemical engineering, all at different career levels, and brought to the forefront the significant advancements being made by women leaders and innovators.
Finally, the symposium, followed by a celebratory reception that evening with cake and champagne, paid homage to the positive impact that WIC has had on the lives of so many women chemical engineers, fostering opportunities for professional development, recognition, mentorship and a community for networking and lifelong friendships.
The symposium was organized by Julianne Holloway, assistant professor in chemical engineering at Arizona State University and chair of the WIC 20th Anniversary: Celebrating Women in Chemical Engineering.