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2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

June
2019
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.

Competency Requirements in Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
When selecting individuals to perform process safety management tasks one will want to make sure that those individuals are competent to perform the...

Career Corner: Consider a Career in Biotech

June
2018
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Biological drugs, biofuels, industrial biocatalysts, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are among the many product breakthroughs that are driving tremendous growth in the biotechnology sector. If you are intrigued by how these novel products are developed or want to get involved in this biotech boom, then consider a career move to the biotechnology industry.

Closing the Skills Gap

June
2018
Management
Stewart W. Behie, Matthew K. Henwood
The workplace has changed and will continue to change as older workers retire and new generations take their place. Companies will need to adapt to retain and foster the necessary technical know-how.

Evaluate Project Success

June
2018
Plant Operations
Nat D. Schatz
Traditional methods of determining project success take into account only whether the project met its budget and schedule. A more meaningful assessment evaluates the impact of the project on the organization.

Share Your Input for AIChE's Strategic Plan

March 8, 2018

AIChE is developing a new strategic plan — with the aim of guiding the Institute toward success in the 21st century. AIChE is seeking input from current members, potential future members, and stakeholders. Complete the survey by March 30, 2018.

Young Engineers Point of View: Conduct an Effective Interview

May
2018
YPOV
Elizabeth Pavone
As a new graduate, your focus is typically on getting a job. You spend time polishing your résumé, honing your interviewing skills, and, perhaps, picking out your first suit. Interviews can be stressful, but eventually your engineering acumen and...

Career Corner: What Skills Do Chemical Engineers Need Now?

April
2018
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Fifty years ago this month, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was released. This science fiction epic follows a spacecraft bound for Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL 9000. While the movie dealt with issues such as existentialism, human...

Globalize Your Career

March 14, 2018

Globalization has become unavoidable for businesses, organizations, and even individuals who must now extend their reach internationally to be successful.

Young Professionals Point of View: Globalize Your Career

March
2018
YPOV
Owen Jappen
Globalization has become unavoidable for businesses, organizations, and even individuals who must now extend their reach internationally to be successful. Political entities around the world are split on the idea — either decrying or heralding its implications on trade, supply chains, and efficiency. This discord can be intimidating to students and young professionals. However, globalization is inevitable and young people need to consider how it affects them.

Write a Résumé that Stands Out

February 6, 2018

Many struggle to write a résumé, but these pointers will make the process easier and help hone your image to match the job you seek.

Career Corner: Career Paths for Chemical Engineers

February
2018
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
The mess on my desk is all because of chemical engineers; or, more specifically, the varied career paths chemical engineers have taken. From my teacup and takeout container, to the jumble of sticky notes and files, to my laptop, printer, and phone,...

Cash Flow Principles for Chemical Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
Projects can fail or succeed based on cash flow. Yet many chemical engineers don’t truly understand cash flow or its role in project evaluation...

Decision and Risk Analysis for Projects

eLearning (online) Course
Improve the quality of your project decisions by employing a disciplined approach to decision-making including the assessment of risks.

Economic Evaluation for Chemical Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
Plant-related projects must be evaluated in order to maximize ROI. Learn how to conduct a sound economic evaluation for both small and large projects

Six Sigma: A Practical Overview

eLearning (online) Course
Six Sigma is successfully practiced throughout the chemical engineering industry for improvement, organization and problem-solving. In this course,...

Introduction to Project Management

eLearning (online) Course
Research shows 80% of those with project management responsibilities have received no training. This eLearning course will bring you up-to-speed...

Featured Engage Discussions: January, 2018

January 30, 2017

Discussion central participants discuss mentors/influencers, the role of chemical engineers in the American economy, risk management, and the skill of creating quality presentations.

Make Your Minutes Count

January
2018
Career Catalyst
Glen Rosentrater
Distribute minutes for project team meetings to ensure the scope is recorded and communicated. Use the format outlined here to get all the benefits of minutes without the drawbacks.

YPOV: Write a Résumé that Stands Out

January
2018
YPOV
Kimberly Wilson
It tells your story, shares the skills you have acquired, and highlights your professional accomplishments. It is vital to helping you to progress in your career. But why is it so hard to put together a résumé? When applying for a job, you have to...

Featured Engage Discussions: October 2017

October 24, 2017

Discussion central participants discuss why they become a chemical engineer, the purpose, of the instructional lab, describing the process safety profession to others, and more.

Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety We believe no one has more power to improve safety than our supervisors and mid-managers. Our...

The Nature of Ammonium Nitrate Decomposition and Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Ammonium nitrate explosions can cause significant destruction as shown with examples in West, Texas (2013) and Tianjin, China (2015). Yet, ammonium...

Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5 Â Step Back 5x5 is our last layer of defense and perhaps our most important. This paper...

La Educacion EN Seguridad De Procesos

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
LA EDUCACION EN SEGURIDAD DE PROCESOS Karina Isabel Peñaflor 1 , 1 Pan American Energy LLC Alem 1180 - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires...

Making Process Safety Personal - Engaging the Front Line

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
The front line is instrumental in implementing process safety, Yet they are rarely engaged in meaningful process safety discussions. We tend to...

The Future of the Lecture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 19, 2014
The university is one of the oldest social institutions in our society, rivaled only by the church. However, many universities now are under...

Should a Chemical Engineer go to Business School?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
An MBA can increase your ability to consciously think of business development as you perform your role. It can lead to change of career, change of...

Consulting/HSE

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...
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