The ChE in Context: Your Voice and Role in Public Outreach

April
,
2018

AIChE members balance two roles in their public lives: that of citizen and that of chemical engineer. As citizens, we desire a just and effective government; as chemical engineers, we apply our skills to improve the well being of society. These two roles are not independent of one another. Our professional knowledge and experience give us confidence — and even an ethical duty — to speak up on important social issues and current events. AIChE members can help shape public policy by advocating for change in both the public and private sectors.

For some of these discussions, we will represent only ourselves — concerned citizens with opinions to share. As chemical engineers, our special aptitudes can help make sense of puzzling information, such as: What are GMO foods? What ingredients make up that new drug?

When we become members of AIChE, we agree to abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics. One pillar of that Code is to present information only in an objective and truthful manner. More than that, we must speak out if we think that the actions of our profession will have an adverse effect on the health, welfare, or safety of the public. We should also speak out if we perceive that our lack of...

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