Dow's Fitterling: Why It's the Best Time to Be a Chemical Engineer James (Jim) R. Fitterling is president and chief operating officer of The Dow Chemical Company. At the 2016 Annual Student Conference, attended by nearly 2,000 students, Jim gave the keynote speech entitled "The Best Time to Be a Chemical Engineer." He talked about the evolving profession, how it is interconnected with other engineering and science disciplines, and encouraged students to prepare for the future by sharpening their networking skills and celebrating diversity in the workplace and profession. Jim is one of the co-chairs of AIChE's Doing a World of Good Campaign. As part of this campaign, Jim and Dow have been instrumental in advancing AIChE's Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative, a program that incorporates process safety training into the chemical engineering curricula at universities throughout the world. After Jim's talk, Karen Fletcher, CEO of AIChE's RAPID Manufacturing Institute and former vice president DuPont, had a chance to sit down with him to talk about his efforts and his message to students. You can watch the interview in the panel above. Related Content: Mar 22, 2017 Imagine what all of us can do. The Doing a World of Good Campaign is one of the most ambitious fundraising programs in our history. AIChE expects to raise $15 million over five years that will be directed toward five transformative priorities. Learn more. Feb 21, 2017 A Remarkable Year of Empowering Good In 2016, the AIChE Foundation advanced its mission to make the world a better and safer place through chemical engineering. Thanks to our generous supporters we are demonstrating our dedication to doing a world of good.