2019 AIChE Gala

December 3, 2019
Black Tie Optional

Doing a World of Good

The 2019 AIChE Gala, “Doing a World of Good” recognized companies and their leaders for solving societal problems that benefit humanity through the safe and responsible practice of chemical engineering.  

Funds raised supported women and/or underrepresented minorities to attend leadership development workshops and mentorship programs for students; provide students and Young Professionals with travel stipends to attend AIChE conferences; expand student participation and safety coordination at AIChE Chem-E-Car Competitions®. 

Gala Press Release

2019 Gala Photos

2019 Gala Host Committee


Kenneth C. Frazier

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

AIChE is pleased to honor Merck for its innovation in developing therapies for the prevention and treatment of today’s most challenging diseases which affect people around the world, including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, and Alzheimer’s.

David S. Taylor

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer., The Procter & Gamble Company

AIChE is pleased to honor Procter & Gamble’s achievements in sustainability— leadership in helping to reduce plastic waste, develop new technologies which make recycling and recovering plastics easier, and efforts to restrict the flow of plastics into the world’s oceans.

Jay D. Keasling

Professor, University of California, Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Doing a World of Good Medal

The Doing a World of Good Medal will be presented to Jay D. Keasling, Professor, University of California, Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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

Gala Dinner Chairs: 

Kathy Fish

Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company

Kathy Fish leads P&G’s global innovation program and strategy, its nearly $2 billion annual investment in Research & Development (R&D), and its end-to-end packaging transformation.

Erin Kane

President and CEO, AdvanSix Inc.

Erin Kane is president and CEO of AdvanSix Inc., a fully integrated manufacturer of nylon 6 resin, chemical intermediates and ammonium sulfate.

Anne Roby

Executive Vice President, Linde

Dr. Anne Roby is Executive Vice President. Dr. Roby previously served as Praxair’s senior vice president, responsible for Global Supply Systems, R&D, Global Operations Excellence, Global Procurement, Global Strategic Sales, Sustainability, and Safety, Health and Environment.

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.

Michael P. Thien

Senior Vice President, Merck & Co., Inc.

Dr. Thien has worked in new product and process development at Merck for over 30 years. After receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech (1982), an Sc.D. from MIT in biochemical engineering (1988) and a post doc at the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, Mike joined the...

Linda Wright

Vice President, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company
As Business Transformation Vice President, Linda’s responsibilities include overall direction of digital transformation, innovation, data systems, culture and communications for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company.

Currently located in Houston, Texas, Linda has held a wide...