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AIChE Foundation: The Power of Good

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Dear Friends,

“The positive impact on the global landscape would not be possible without the generosity of the AIChE community.”

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis

From countless products that improve our everyday lives to understanding the foundation of life itself, the contributions of chemical engineers can be felt throughout society. The positive impact on the global landscape would not be possible without the generosity of the AIChE community.

With much gratitude, we extend our appreciation for your contributions of time, talent, and treasure that stand as proof of our collective commitment to advancing our profession.

As we look back on the past year, we are proud to announce that our fundraising efforts secured more than $5.7MM. This brings our total campaign contributions to $54MM in support of vital programs across our five transformative priorities.

Thanks to the generous support of six new corporate partners and two individual donors, the Bee a ChemE initiative continues to gain momentum.

This year, we’re thrilled to welcome our fourth class of Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) scholars. To date, FOSSI has secured funding for 665 outstanding students.

We continue our commitment to inclusion and process safety excellence. Essential programs such as the Women in Chemical Engineering (WIC) Mentorship Award Program, LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Training, and the Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative (UPSLI) faculty workshops and student bootcamps remain front and center.

Our support of innovation and research is highlighted through endowed awards, including the Langer Prize and the Stephanopoulos Award in Metabolic Engineering.

As you read the following pages, we hope you’ll be inspired by the progress we are making to shape our profession. That’s the power of good.

With warm regards,

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis

Chair, AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees;

Distinguished Engineer, UC Davis

Five Transformative Priorities

The Doing a World of Good campaign funds five priorities that are transforming the profession and the world around us.

Attracting and Retaining the Best and Brightest

FOSSI Scholars Reach New Heights

Thirteen Future of STEM Scholar Initiative (FOSSI) students experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in December, ringing the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Following a tour of the trading floor, scholars attended the 2023 AIChE Gala, along with FOSSI sponsors AdvanSix, BASF, Dow, and Lubrizol.

In September, FOSSI expanded its presence, hosting a lunch and networking session at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). The event connected 37 FOSSI scholars with over 40 representatives from 22 sponsor companies and distinguished Prairie View faculty.

“My journey with FOSSI fuels my passion and opens doors to incredible possibilities,” said Carol Akpan, 2021 PVAMU FOSSI Scholar and chemical engineering major.

FOSSI Scholars ring the NYSE Closing Bell with Darlene Schuster, CEO of AIChE, and John Sampson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering at Dow

FOSSI Scholars ring the NYSE Closing Bell with Darlene Schuster, CEO of AIChE, and John Sampson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering at Dow (Photo courtesy NYSE).

Changing Perceptions

Bee a ChemE Fundraising Success Sparks STEM Excitement in Middle Schoolers

The Bee a ChemE campaign celebrated a major milestone in 2023, raising an impressive $675,000 to unlock the wonders of chemical engineering for middle school students across the nation. This support demonstrates a shared commitment to inspiring the next generation.

Bee a ChemE showcases the diverse and impactful careers available in chemical engineering. One core initiative is the K-12 STEM Ambassador Program. Launched in 2021 at The Ohio State University, this program trains AIChE undergraduate leaders in classroom teaching methods, empowering them to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

The recent fundraising success will allow the program to reach even more middle schools, a critical time for sparking interest in STEM fields. Bee a ChemE also recently launched a new website at the AIChE Spring Meeting in New Orleans, offering valuable resources for students, teachers, parents, and educators.

A new microsite introduces middle schoolers to the wonders and possibilities of chemical engineering

A new microsite introduces middle schoolers to the wonders and possibilities of chemical engineering.

Education, Training, and Career Development

Graduate Students Shine in Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)

For the second year, the AIChE Foundation, via the Doing a World of Good Grants Program, funded the 3MT competition at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting, giving graduate students an opportunity to present their thesis in just three minutes.

Three Minute Thesis Competition winners at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting

Three Minute Thesis Competition winners at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting.

The lively and fast-paced competition allows for the exchange of relevant knowledge between competitors and the audience, and helps graduate-level chemical engineers sharpen presentation skills, enhance research communication, and develop leadership skills.

Research and Innovation

Mattheos Koffas Named First Recipient of the June Wispelwey Bio Leadership Fellowship

AIChE’s Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) awarded its inaugural June Wispelwey Bio Leadership Fellowship to Dr. Mattheos Koffas of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Koffas’s laboratory is known for pioneering work on the engineering of microbial platforms that can produce natural products typically derived from animal and plant sources.

“Recognizing June’s immense impact on the creation of SBE and her commitment to mentoring early career talent, it is a privilege to raise funds to endow the Bio Leadership award in perpetuity,” said Arindam Bose, AIChE Fellow and Foundation Trustee.

June Wispelwey Bio Leadership Fellowship recipient, Mattheos Koffas

June Wispelwey Bio Leadership Fellowship recipient, Mattheos Koffas.

Safety and Ethical Practice

Where Process Engineers Thrive

Founded in 2018 with a generous gift from Scott & Karen Love, the Community of Process Engineers (CPE) is a vibrant hub for these essential professionals.

Scott Love envisioned the CPE as a place where process engineers could feel valued and recognized for their significant contributions to various industries.

Process Engineer Taliya Mammadhasanzade on site at BP Azeri-Central-East (ACE) Platform

Process Engineer Taliya Mammadhasanzade on site at BP Azeri-Central-East (ACE) Platform, Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey (AGT) region.

With over 700 members and growing, the CPE fosters a collaborative network where process engineers delve into discussions on career development, essential skills, complex topics like computational fluid dynamics, and safety practices.

“CPE is the place to create opportunities, collaborate, and support the professional growth of process engineers,” said Scott Love.

Corporate Honor Roll

Founders’ Circle

Changemaker (More than $5,000,000)


Visionaries ($2,000,000-$4,999,999)





Lyondell Basell

Benefactors ($750,000-$1,999,999)





Chevron Phillips Chemical




Sulw sabic


Underwriters ($500,000-$749,999)

Air Products


Patrons ($250,000-$499,999)


American Chemistry Council
















Total Energies


Univar Solutions

Major Contributors

Partners ($100,000-$249,999)


Air Liquide


Arsenal Capital

Ascend Performance Materials


Avient Corporation



Corteva Agriscience






Linde Group

Mitsui & Co.

Olin Corporation

Quaker Houghton


The Shepherd Chemical Company

Society of Chemical Industry

Stepan Company

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Wacker Chemical Corp.

Supporters ($50,000-$99,999)

AC&S Incorporated


Bank of America


Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff


Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.



Day & Zimmermann Inc.



Intercontinental Terminals Company LLC

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase


McKinsey & Co.

National Science Foundation

Nouryon Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals

Novus International, Inc.

Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Procter & Gamble

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Texas Brine Company LLC

Veolia North America

Corporate Honor Roll as of May 1, 2024

Individual Honor Roll

Campaign Champions

Benefactors ($100,000 and up)

Anonymous (2)

Collins Foundation

David R. & Karen Eckhardt

Farokhzad Family Charitable Fund

Floyd Newburn Foundation

Scott D. & Karen L. Love

Syamal K. & Susmita Poddar

Eric S. Reiner

Darlene S. Schuster

Otis A. & Phyllis Shelton

June C. Wispelwey & Mark B. Bradley

Underwriters ($50,000-$99,999)

Arindam & Gopa Bose

Katherine L. & John C.* Chen

Dan & Ellen Coombs

Eduardo D. Glandt

Deborah L. Grubbe

Raj & Kamla Gupta UJALA Family Foundation

Dale L. & Von Keairns

Peter B.* & Susan Lederman

Gerald A. Lessells

Norman N. & Jane Li

Mazumdar-Shaw Philanthropy

William R. Parrish

James B. Porter, Jr.

Freeman E. Self, Jr.

Gregory N. Stephanopoulos & Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos*

Alfred E. Wechsler*

Vern W. Weekman, Jr.

David & Karen Yankovitz

Patrons ($25,000-$49,999)

Andreas & Juana Acrivos

Billy B. Bardin & Linh D. Le

Michael & Pat Barry

Taryn Bayles - In Memory of Dr. and Mrs. Harald A. Melkus

Shailendra Bordawekar

Joan F. Brennecke & Mark A. Stadtherr

Chau-Chyun Chen

Bruce & Sandra Chinn

Lance R. Collins

Jennifer Sinclair Curtis

Pablo G. Debenedetti & Silvia I. Strauss-Debenedetti

Thomas F. Edgar

Karen A. Fletcher

H. Scott* & Janet Fogler

Chris Jahn

Kane Family Fund

Ann L. Lee & Bill Adams

Mark & Becky Levin

David Lucchino

Henri J. Maget

Joe B. Powell

Daryl & Erikal Roberts

Anne Roby & Lawrence Dodd

Warren & Diane Seider

John Y. Televantos

Levi T. & Maria Thompson

James A. Trainham

Phillip R. Westmoreland & Kathleen J. Beach

S. Shariq Yosufzai & Brian James

Major Contributors

Partners ($10,000-$24,999)

James R. Beilstein, Jr.

Howard Bernstein

Charles R.* & Ruth L.* Bickling

Maria K. Burka

William D. Byers

Brice Carnahan

Robert J. Carpenter

Crane Family Fund

Andre R. Da Costa

Thomas F. Degnan, Jr. & Anne R. Degnan

Nance Dicciani

Basil C. Doumas

Gary J. Fennewald

Bruce A. Finlayson

Kevin B. Fogash

Gayle J. Gibson

Christine S. Grant

Carol K. Hall

David & Terrie Hallal

William H. Harlacher*

Arthur E. Humphrey

Hugh R. James

Susan H. Jones

Keen Family Foundation

Sangtae & Julie Kim

Mary Kathryn Lee

Cheng Lian

Peter N. & Susan Lodal

Peter X. Ma

Emmett R. Miller

Michael J. Morgan

Soni O.* & Priscilla Oyekan

Clayton J. Radke

Charles E. Reed*

Mostafa Ronaghi & Parinaz Mohamadi

Howard B. Rosen

Ronald W. Rousseau

Al Sacco

Marvin O. Schlanger

William R. Schowalter

Steven Sciamanna & Sandra Roadcap

Donald C. Seeley*

Diane K. Spencer

Christine B. & Regan G. Seymour

Jeffrey J. Siirola

Robert H.* & Margaret Smith

Alan Spoon

Jean Tom & Richard Register

Arvind Varma*

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Wendy C. Young

Supporters ($5,000-$9,999)

John Anderson

Daniel G. Anderson

Rena Bizios

M. Allyson Brown

Evan Buck

T. Bond Calloway, Jr.

Peter & Janet Chen

Paul J. Coates

Arthur Coury & Mary Judith Howie

Peter T. Cummings & Clare McCabe

Brian H. Davison

Juan J. De Pablo

Dianne Dorland

Richard E. Emmert

Steven L. Feldman

Alice P. Gast

Zenaida Otero Gephardt

Keith E. Gubbins

Thomas R. Hanley

John F. Heil

Annette A. Johnston

William E. Katz*

Henry (Hank) T. Kohlbrand

Michael & Christine Ladisch

Kam Leong

Mark Loughridge

Peter Ma

Laura Matz

Michael McAtee

Alon V. McCormick

Duncan A. & Suzanne Mellichamp

Michael J. Morgan

John P. O’Connell

Anne O’Neal

Bharat M. Patel

Stanley I. Proctor*

Brandon Purnsley

William P. Raiford

John Rallis

Elsa Reichmanis

Gintaras V. Reklaitis

Roger W. Rolke*

Phillip & Elaine Savage

Daniel Schultheisz

Robert H. Schwaar

Arnold F. Stancell

Glenn E. Taylor

Cheryl I. Teich

Gavin P. Towler

James E. Turner

Mark & Betsy Vergnano

Phillip C. Wankat

Darsh T. Wasan

Robert F. Weimer

Wendell Family Foundation

Jung-Sheng (JS) Wu

Individual Honor Roll as of May 1, 2024




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