When AIChE takes a public policy stand, the policy represents the Institute’s members and the chemical engineering profession. It is helpful to know how AIChE decides to take such stands, constructs statements, vets them before release, and disseminates them.
Policy topics may be proposed by the Board of Directors, AIChE’s professional staff, the Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC), or any AIChE member. Reporting to the Board, PAIC is charged with handling such proposals, staying abreast of any relevant issues, and coordinating communications about public affairs. The response path is designed to allow quick action or long, thoughtful development and approval for any proposed public statement.
The PAIC Chair and AIChE Executive Director are assigned the responsibility to decide jointly what process is appropriate. Their first decision is whether the topic is one where AIChE should engage. For example, the statement’s topic must be relevant to the three pillars of the Institute’s aspirational statement, which include: advancement of the profession and technology; career growth and education; and the meeting of societal needs.
The second decision is whether the statement is one of information vs. policy. AIChE policies aren’t needed for every matter of public interest that involves chemical engineering. Sometimes our greatest contributions can come by providing clear information and...
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