Professional Development


2017 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

Salary Survey
Are you working in the right industry to make the most out of your chemical engineering degree? Ever wonder if other chemical engineers with the same experience level get paid more than you? Check out the results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey to find out which industry pays the most, how your salary stacks up to those of your peers, and the difference in salary between genders. Other factors explored in this year’s survey results include age, job function, supervisory responsibilities, and geographical location. Also, check out the benefits and health insurance packages being offered to chemical engineers.

NSF Funding: Planting the Seeds of Innovation

Career Catalyst
Emily Petruzzelli
The National Science Foundation (NSF) issues hundreds of grants every year to translate invention into impact. This article discusses some of the many NSF funding opportunities and profiles several organizations that have found success due, in part, to NSF funding.

Young Professionals Point of View: Chemical Engineers in Medical School

Zachary Holtzapple
Chemical engineering and pre-medicine students often find themselves sitting side-by-side in science elective courses. But, eventually, we reach a fork in the road that separates us from our pre-med friends. As chemical engineers, we progress to...

Introducing the 2019 WISE Interns

August 12, 2019

Each year WISE interns go to Washington to explore how chemical engineers can use their technical knowledge to guide public policy.

Improve Your Negotiating Skills

August 9, 2019

How fast you advance in your career often relies on how well you negotiate. Hone your skills with these negotiating tips.

High Performance in Process Safety ֠Balanced Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
The core of high performance in process safety is managing risks to prevent incidents from happening. In a high-performance process safety culture,...

Engineering Creative Thinking

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
What do you think of when you hear the word Creativity? If you’re like me, you often think of something artsy that you would see on...

Networking Strategies to Propel Your Career

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
This presentation discusses various early career strategies to build business relationships with coworkers, clients, and vendors. Develop a strong...

Employee Training ֠Beyond Compliance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
When it comes to employee’s safety at a facility covered under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’...

Frontline Supervisors Are the Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
Frontline Supervisors Are the Safety Culture No other form of safety communication is more important than the casual, face-to-face communication...

"Just the Facts" a Bad Way to Communicate Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
"Just the facts" a Bad Way to Communicate Process Safety The qualities making a person a good engineer are often the same qualities making them poor...
L to R: Austin Wright-Pettibone, University of Washington; Mena-George Basaly, City College of New York; Tomas Wesley Green of the University of Kansas

Introducing AIChE’s 2016 WISE Interns

August 19, 2016

Summer wouldn’t be summer without the tradition of the WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program, which offers students across engineering disciplines the opportunity to exp

AIChE sends undergraduates to Washington, DC, each summer as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This year’s interns were (from left): Kathleen Wu, Yale Univ.; Jill Schoborg, Iowa State Univ.; and Jami Summey-Rice, Univ. of Houston.

WISE Interns Complete DC Assignments

September 17, 2015

This summer, three chemical engineering students explored the interface between engineering and public policy as AIChE’s 2015 WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) interns.

Career Connections: Improve Your Negotiating Skills

Career Connections
Loraine Kasprzak
August is prime time to enjoy a national favorite pastime — watching baseball. As you cheer for your team, recall that 25 years ago this month, Major League Baseball (MLB) players went on strike to protest salary caps imposed by owners. The 1994...

July 2019 Featured Engage Discussions

July 24, 2019

Discussions are taking place on hydrogen generation from seawater, a bio-based Chem-E-Car, and ethics for engineering. Check them out and add your voice to these conversations.

What Makes a Great Business Card?

July 8, 2019

A great business card—for students and professionals—is the ultimate ice breaker and can keep the conversation going beyond the first meeting.

Speak So Your Boss Will Listen

July 3, 2019

Not a confident presenter? These speaking and presentation tips will help you deliver your point effectively.

Rethink Commissioning for Smart Technologies

Peter Kalish
Effective commissioning is critical to realizing the benefits of new equipment. As many facilities transition to smart technologies, this process requires even more diligence.

2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Expanded Analysis

Salary Survey
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $126,000 — 1.6% higher than the median reported in 2017.

June 2019 Featured Engage Discussions

June 28, 2019

Join other chemical engineers and students in conversations about becoming an entrepreneur, improving negotiating skills, setting summer goals, and more.

Hear from Former WISE Interns

June 25, 2019

Hear in a two-part podcast series how gaining an insider's understanding of government policy related to chemical engineering can change the course of a chemical engineer's career.

June 2019 CEP Preview

June 11, 2019

This issue, the 2019 AIChE salary survey for chemical engineering, along with articles on smart manufacturing, cybersecurity, cooling tower design, and much more.

Stephanie Farrell: Featured LGBTQ+ Ally

August 22, 2018

As the staff liaison for AIChE's LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative, I'm thrilled and proud to introduce long-term AIChE volunteer Stephanie Farrell as our first Featured Ally of our LGBTQ+ professiona

Gayle Gibson: Featured LGBTQ ChemE Professional

May 16, 2018

A Texas A&M graduate and newly retired engineer, Gayle discusses working in various areas at DuPont, including engineering design, plant improvement, and manufacturing as well as her experiences as an LGBTQ professional.

Career Connections: Speak So Your Boss Will Listen

Career Connections
Loraine Kasprzak
Has this happened to you? You are halfway through a presentation — just getting to the important details — and you look at the audience and notice the senior vice president checking email and other executives looking politely bored.

2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

Salary Survey
The results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey are in, revealing positive advances for the chemical engineering profession. The median annual salary of respondents to the 2019 survey is $126,000 — a 1.6% increase over the 2017 median of $124,000.

Redefining Career Success

May 22, 2019

Having a clear definition of what success means to you will help you get the most satisfaction from your career.

WISE Program Reunion Part 1: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet six past participants of the Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE) Program how the program has shaped their thinking about government and industry partnership.

Two Roads: MS ChE or MBA?

May 6, 2019

Advantages come with both an MS ChE and with an MBA, so the right choice depends on each chemical engineer's specific career goals and interests.

YPOV: Leading Multidisciplinary Teams

Matt Stewart
Company initiatives often manifest at the plant level as site assessments. As an energetic and talented young professional, you may land the responsibility of leading such an assessment. That responsibility can seem daunting, especially because...

It's Okay to Ask for Help

April 30, 2019

Asking for help has benefits beyond simply accomplishing the task at hand. Learning to accept help and delegate are important for success in work and life.

Kathleen S. Shell, Executive VP at Applied Engineering Solutions, shares career experiences with the audience in New Orleans.

Women in Process Safety

April 11, 2019

An impressive lineup of women leaders gathered at GCPS in New Orleans to discuss career paths, challenges, and and more.

Sharon Beshouri (left) receives AIChE's 2019 AGILE Award from AIChE President Kimberly Ogden.

Beshouri Receives AIChE's Award for Government and Industry Leaders

April 1, 2019

Sharon Beshouri, President of Shell Global Solutions (U.S.), Inc., has received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award. She set the stage for the conference with her welcome keynote lecture entitled “Embracing Transitions Today: Assuring a Robust Future Tomorrow.”

Meet Process Engineer Ecevit Bilgili

August 13, 2018

Professor Bilgili shares an insider's view into his role as a process engineer developing blockbuster drugs and how he later transitioned to academia.

Meet Process Engineer Denis Fallon

June 21, 2018

Want to know more about process engineering? Hear about this process engineer's career and profit from his insights on finding success in industry.

Become an Effective Safety Leader

Greg Robinson
Each of us is responsible for developing and encouraging a strong safety culture. One way to do that is to incorporate these five critical safety activities into your daily routine.

Career Connections: Redefining Career Success

Career Connections
Loraine Kasprzak
In the 2015 comedy The Intern, Robert DeNiro plays a retired executive who re-enters the workforce as an intern to the CEO of an e-commerce startup. While DeNiro’s character was brave enough to reimagine his career at age 70 and become a successful...


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