AIChE Foundation Awards Grants to Six Impactful Initiatives | AIChE

AIChE Foundation Awards Grants to Six Impactful Initiatives

September 14, 2015

Bi-annually, the AIChE Foundation invites Operating Councils and Board Committees to submit funding proposals for new and innovative projects that benefit AIChE members and the chemical engineering profession. Thanks to the generosity of our donors to the Annual Fund, this summer, the Board of Trustees has awarded the following grants.

The next cycle for funding proposals opens October 15, 2015. For more information, contact or call 646-495-1342.

Establishing a Hybrid Virtual/Local Community for Sustainable K12 Outreach Programs based through Local Sections

Launch of a vibrant, on-going community that is both virtual and local whose mission is effective and prolific K-12 Outreach, with attention to chemical engineering, underrepresented minorities, and under-supported school systems. For more information click here.

MAC @ 25 Anniversary Activities

This year, the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) celebrates its 25th anniversary. MAC will take the opportunity at the upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City to recognize AIChE’s “Pioneers of Diversity”, honoring key contributions to Diversity and Inclusion by members of AIChE and longtime supporters of MAC. Additionally, MAC is working on a MAC@25 Archive Project to document the committee’s history and accomplishments, via personal testimonials from people in AIChE who have helped to nurture MAC over the course of its history. For more information click here.

A Special Program on Ethical Practice

To further promote ethical standards, a special Sunday afternoon session at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City will be covering ethical behavior. Allan McDonald, Ethics Keynote Speaker will be presenting a talk titled "Ethics Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.”  For more information click here.

International Student Chapter Leadership Development Travel Grant

The development of AIChE’s international undergraduate Student Chapters is one of the cornerstone initiatives in AIChE’s plan to increase its global presence, recruit international members and serve the profession as it is practiced throughout the world. The International Student Chapter Leadership Development Travel Grant is awarded on the basis of leadership involvement in student chapter activities, academic achievement, and financial need. The AIChE Foundation is delighted to have supported this important program in 2014 and 2015. For more information click here.

Women Workplace Retention & Reentry (W2R2)

Building upon the success of the first AIChE programming dedicated to retention and reentry of women to the engineering profession during the 2014 Fall annual meeting. This program will provide the next step for our continued efforts to provide resources for retention and reentry of women in the chemical engineering profession. Future programming will build from this event on reentry to industry to provide additional resources for reentry into other areas of the profession, such as academia, and for strategies to improve retention.  The AIChE Foundation is pleased to have supported the pilot program in 2014 and looks forward to another successful workshop to be launched at the 2016 Spring Meeting in Houston, TX.  For more information click here.

Understanding the Brain: A Chemical Engineering Perspective

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, this session will explore the roles of chemical engineers in understanding the brain, including understanding its molecular, cellular, and neuronal network structure and function; the brain interaction with proximal tissues, i.e., vasculature, and distant tissues, such as liver; transport processes and the blood/brain barrier; repair and regeneration strategies; and modeling of brain processes. For more information click here