2017 AIChE Gala

December 6, 2017
Black Tie Optional

Inspiring and Empowering Women in Engineering

Recognizing companies and their leaders for inspiring and empowering women in engineering.

Funds raised will underwrite the expansion of women’s leadership programs, improve pre-college STEM education for girls and advance retention programs for women engineering undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals.

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Inspiring The Next Generation of Engineers

The 2017 AIChE Gala recognized companies and their leaders for inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Funds raised will support programs to diversify, strengthen and retain undergraduate engineering students and improve pre-college STEM education.


Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Management Board, LyondellBasell

Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel is chief executive officer and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world.

Jack Futcher

President & Chief Operating Officer, Bechtel Group, Inc.

Jack Futcher is president and chief operating officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. He is responsible for the management, and oversight of Bechtel’s global operations, is chairman of the operating committee, and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Doing a World of Good Medal


Jim Fitterling

The inaugural Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to President and Chief Operating Officer of the Dow Chemical Company.

The Doing a World of Good Medal honors positive societal achievements of engineers.

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Gala Dinner Chairs: 

Jeff Sipes

Principal Vice President Marketing and Business Development , Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Jeff Sipes is the manager of Marketing and Business Development for Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals based in Houston, Texas.

John Televantos

Senior Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners

John Televantos is a Senior Partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on the Specialty Industrial and Healthcare sectors.

Gavin P. Towler

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies

Dr. Gavin Towler is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Honeywell Performance Materials Technologies (PMT).

S. Shariq Yosufzai

Vice President, Global Diversity (Retired), Chevron Corporation

Doing a World of Good Medal

The Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to S. Shariq Yosufzai for his outstanding leadership in creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive profession. The Doing a World of Good Medal recognizes the achievements of an engineer whose work has had a positive impact on society and the world.