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2017 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

June
2017
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.

Listen Up!

December
2017
Career Catalyst
Bruce D. Smith, Nikki Bishop
It may seem easy, but good listening requires effort and practice. Follow these tips and learn to listen like a pro.

Boost Your Career by Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

December
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
December is here, and along with celebrating the holiday season, many of us are thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. If you are contemplating quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising more, or saving more money, you are not alone. These...

Moving Across the World in Your 30s

November 27, 2017

Ever longed to work abroad as a chemical engineer? Hear one chemical engineer's story of moving to Russia with her family for a multi-year opportunity.

Houston Process Safety Faculty Workshop

November 20, 2017

AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety will present a chemical engineering faculty workshop sponsored by LyondellBasell in Houston on January 8-11, 2018.

Preparing Chemical Engineering Students for Industry

November
2017
Critical Issues
Joseph Alford, Thomas F. Edgar
Many chemical engineering courses do not reflect current practices in the chemical process industries (CPI). How should the core curriculum change to better align undergraduate training with industry needs?

Chemically Reacting Flow: Theory, Modeling, and Simulation, Second Edition

October, 2017
This book develops fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics and physical chemistry while helping students and professional develop the analytical and simulation skills needed to solve read-world engineering problems. New material in the second edition includes reactive porous-media flows and...

AIChE 35 Under 35: Energy

August 24, 2017

Meet three more winners of the AIChE 35 Under 35 awards and learn about their diverse work and backgrounds.

AIChE 35 Under 35: Bioengineering

August 10, 2017

With support from the AIChE Foundation, AIChE and its Young Professional Committee (YPC) are honoring 35 notable young professionals under the age of 35. In this post, read interviews from winners in the category of bioengineering.

YPOV: Maintain Work-Life Balance as a New Parent

September
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
t is no easy task to meet deadlines and stay focused at work while battling the exhaustion of caring for a newborn. For chemical engineers who have demanding careers, it may never seem like the right time to start a family. Take comfort in knowing that many AIChE members have done it before and they are willing to share their experiences. Here are some tips for staying organized and effective at work as a new mom or dad.

Career Corner: Coping with Stress at Work

August
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Americans are spending more time working and less time sleeping, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s American Time Use Survey. With longer hours spent at our jobs, many of us are experiencing more workplace stress. We face seemingly endless...

Women in Chemical Technology: Wendy C. Young

June 25, 2013

ChE Wendy Young Reed believes in pursuing passions. She advises: "“Follow your heart. Do something that you’re passionate about.” Hear more about how she's pursued her passions as a chemical engineer.

AIChE Journal Highlight: The Importance of Teaching Engineers Professional Skills

July
2017
Journal Highlight
Although technical ability is typically the primary focus of chemical engineering education, professional skills — such as communication, teamwork, ethical behavior, and time management — are often more important in an engineer’s career, Phil Wankat of Purdue Univ. says in the July AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Teaching Professional Skills.”

Free Faculty Process Safety Workshops

June 6, 2017

In recognition of the work that academic faculty do to prepare the next generation of chemical engineers, AIChE is partnering with industry leaders to provide free faculty workshops in process safe

Career Corner: Cultivate Habits that Boost Your Productivity

June
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
We are surrounded by technology that is intended to help us boost our productivity. Email, cellphone apps, and video conferencing are just a few of the many technological improvements that should be helping us get more done in our workday.

2017 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

June
2017
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.

Leadership Q&A: A CEO’s Role in Corporate Culture

May
2017
Leadership Q&A
Trinseo, a global chemical materials producer with 2016 revenues of $3.7 billion, was formed in 2010 from the sale of four business units of Dow Chemical. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo has combined the assets and technologies of those businesses...

YPOV: Skills They Don’t Teach You in School

May
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
It’s impossible to learn everything you need to know for your career in a four-year undergraduate program. A proper education should prepare you with the tools and skills you need to problem-solve in the “real world.” However, the typical chemical...

April 2017 CEP Preview

April 12, 2017

This month: a special feature on becoming a better writer, which anyone can read in full online.

Soft Skills for Chemical Engineers

April
2017
Career Catalyst
The term soft skills refers to nontechnical proficiencies. As the name implies, soft skills are not rigidly defined but often include communication (verbal and written), teamwork and collaboration, leadership, creativity, and adaptability.

Get Creative with Process Safety Management

April
2017
Safety
Paul Baybutt
Creative thinking is a necessary skill in process safety. While most people are born with the capacity for creative thinking, this skill can be lost through formal education and societal pressures that discourage it. Luckily, creative thinking can be learned.

Career Corner: Tests Than Can Help You Reinvent Your Career

April
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
If you wake up most mornings thinking that you would rather be doing anything other than your current job, then it may be time to do something about it. Your skills and expertise as a chemical engineer are applicable to numerous engineering and STEM...

Become a Better Writer

April
2017
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
You may call yourself an engineer, but you’re also a writer. Follow these 10 tips to improve your writing.

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