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Institute News: April 2018

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AIChE Announces Candidates for 2018 Officer Election

Petition Candidate Filings Due May 7

AIChE’s Nominating Committee has announced the slate of candidates for president-elect, secretary, and directors for 2018. In the July issue, CEP will publish profiles of the candidates that describe their qualifications and platforms.

The president-elect will be elected to a three-year term, serving one year each as president-elect, president, and past president. The secretary will serve a three-year term. The directors are elected for three-year terms. Voting by paper and electronic proxy ballot will begin on August 27 and end on October 1. Visit for more information.

For President-Elect

Monty M. Alger, Pennsylvania State Univ. (formerly with GE)

Dan Lambert, Savannah River National Laboratory

For Secretary

John P. O’Connell, Univ. of Virginia (retired)

Joseph D. Smith, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology

For Director (four to be elected)

Ana P. Davis, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.

Stephen B. Jaffe, ExxonMobil (retired)

Erin Kane, AdvanSix

Sangtae Kim, Purdue Univ.

Cato Laurencin, Univ. of Connecticut

Syamal K. Poddar, Poddar and Associates

David S. Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology

Stacey I. Zones, Chevron Corp.

Would You Like to Run for the Board?

Members interested in running for the AIChE Board of Directors, or nominating another member, can do so as a petition candidate.

Any Fellow, senior member, or 4-year member of the Institute who would like to run for president-elect, secretary, or director can file as a petition candidate with the Office of the Secretary by May 7, 2018. Nominees for president-elect or secretary must have previously served as an AIChE officer or director.

Petition candidates must submit the support, in writing (print or electronic format), of 2% of the voting membership. For more information on filing as a petition candidate, please contact

AIChE Board of Directors Campaign Guidelines

In order to keep campaigning on a high professional level and to maintain fairness to all candidates, the Institute will rely on the integrity of the candidates. The Office of the Secretary of the Institute oversees the elections and will provide interpretation of the guidelines as needed. The following are the campaign guidelines for AIChE’s election:

  1. AIChE or any AIChE group (e.g., division, forum, committee, or local section) cannot endorse or oppose any Board of Directors candidate. Members of the Board of Directors shall not endorse or oppose any candidate; however, a current member of the Board of Directors may campaign on his/her own behalf.
  2. Campaigns shall be financed by the candidates themselves. Campaigns cannot be financed by AIChE or any AIChE groups, or by any organization, company, or university. All campaign costs are to be borne by the candidate.
  3. Campaign committees may be formed. A Board Member cannot be on a campaign committee.
  4. Candidates may campaign via social media. A URL or link to the official election information on the AIChE website should be provided when possible.
  5. AIChE groups cannot provide campaign information to their members. AIChE Committees cannot endorse or oppose a Board of Directors candidate via newsletters, emails, websites, or any form of social media.
  6. Members of the Board of Directors are not permitted to endorse or oppose a candidate via social media (e.g., “liking,” reposting or commenting on “Facebook”).
  7. AIChE will advertise the candidate’s personal statement presenting his/her qualifications and views as published in AIChE’s official magazine (CEP) and on AIChE’s web page. The candidate may provide an email address, website URL, or social media information for more details on his/her positions in order to foster a dialog between the candidate and the voting membership.
  8. Interactions between the candidate and voting membership are permitted and encouraged; however, mailing lists and email lists cannot be provided by AIChE or any AIChE group.
  9. Campaigning at AIChE meetings (e.g., the AIChE Spring, Annual, local section, or regional meetings) is limited to personal interactions between the...

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