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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.

Planning and Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

Archived Webinar
Aug 5, 2015
Performance appraisals are an essential part of any supervisor’s position whether they have one or many direct reports. However, most managers dread the thought of conducting formal (often annual) performance appraisals. In this webinar, we review the essential elements in preparing and conducting...

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.
Cover of March 2017 CEP – Cover Feature: Work-Life Balance

March 2017 CEP Preview

March 13, 2017

This month's CEP Magazine looks at managing a healthy and enjoyable work-life balance, along with features on safely servicing relief devices and on improving production scheduling for increased energy efficiency, among many other topics.

Jackie Ying

Jackie Ying is Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and a Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, at MIT.

Achieve Work-Life Balance

March
2017
Career Catalyst
Giselle Schlegel
Finding a balance between work and your personal life is critical to your happiness and well-being, as well as the success of your company.

YPOV: Should You Pursue PE Licensure?

March
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) takes dedication. Having a PE after your name signals to employers and clients that you have competence in your field and helps set you apart from your competitors. Although the requirements to...

The Many Paths to Careers in Science

June 29, 2012

If hearing true, personal stories about science (often both funny and touching) excites you, then The Story Collider's real-life monologues about the unexpected ways in which people end up in science will resonate with you and perhaps remind you of your own journey.

You Got Your PhD, Now What? - Video Blog of the Annual Meeting's Best Non-Technical Session

October 20, 2011

Having a PhD does not mean you have to spend your whole career working in research. Experienced attendees discussed how they overcame the stereotype that PhDs are research workers and moved into leadership roles in industry. A Q&A session addressed career planning issues that new PhDs should consider when starting out in industry.

I captured some highlights of this session in the following videos:

Career Corner: Dealing with Difficult Coworkers

February
2017
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
You spend more time with coworkers each week than you do with your family — especially if you work in an open-plan office. When you must interact with a colleague whose behaviors annoy you, your workday can quickly become stressful and unproductive...

Dow Solutionists in School

June 4, 2012

The Dow Solutionists in School program was created to spark innovation in students. Check out what Dow is doing to fuel interest in chemistry and the sciences.

Chemical Professionals with Disabilities Discuss Their Experiences

February 6, 2017
Past AIChE president Bill Byers sat down with Disability Convocation participants prior to the session for a discussion. Among other questions, he asked participants to discuss their experience with a disability and the role it has played in their career.

ChemE Miles C. Barr Given Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for His Solar Innovation

March 8, 2012

Miles C. Barr, who recently received his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT, has just been awarded the prestigious $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing an innovative solar technology. His innovation is a new way to print solar cells directly onto a variety of surfaces, such as paper.

Virtual Tour of Chemical Engineering Facilities

December 22, 2011

There are plenty of factors to consider when looking at a career in chemical engineering, including job opportunities and salaries, but perhaps the most important is: what will the job really be li

Technical Entity Trends: Sustainability Careers for Chemical Engineers

January
2017
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
The Brundtland Commission (formerly known as the World Commission on Environment and Development) coined the term sustainable development in a 1987 report, defining it as “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising...

YPOV: Choose the Right PhD Program

January
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Applying to doctoral programs can seem like a daunting task. But doing your research and staying organized can help you earn an acceptance letter from a quality school.

Choose the Right PhD Program

January 10, 2017

Applying to doctoral programs can seem like a daunting task. But doing your research and staying organized can help you earn an acceptance letter from a quality school.

Excel Tip #2: Master Selection, Copy, and Move

January 18, 2017
In the second installment of this series, we look at the frequently used Excel techniques of selecting, copying, and moving. Simple slip-ups in these common Excel operations can open your work up to major errors, but master them, and you can gain speed, efficiency, and more dependable spreadsheet calculations.

Interview: 2016 International Travel Grant Winners (Part 2)

November 28, 2016
In this interview hear from student travel grant winners from Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan; Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia; Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan; and National Autonomous University of Hondoras, Honduras.

Look to the Future with Succession Planning

December
2016
Business
Don McDermott, Sandra Marshall
As experienced individuals retire or leave your organization, make sure business objectives can still be met by establishing a succession plan.

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016

This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Podcast Series Speaks to Top Chemical Engineers

December 21, 2016

As part of AIChE's Doing a World of Good campaign, we recently interviewed three prominent chemical engineers to discuss various aspects of their careers, including some of their personal achieveme

AIChE Journal Highlight: Use these Tools to Ease into Active Learning

December
2016
Journal Highlight
Numerous studies have demonstrated that active learning in the classroom is a more effective teaching method than the traditional lecture; this is true even when only a fraction of class time is devoted to active learning. Studies also show that...

Career Corner: Dealing with Difficult Bosses

December
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
In the comedy Horrible Bosses , three friends who have been harassed, insulted, and terrorized by their bosses scheme to get rid of them permanently. Professionals who may have had a difficult manager or two may readily identify with the trio and...

Leadership Q&A: Leading a Business from Startup to Scaleup

November
2016
Leadership Q&A
Genomatica, a bioengineering technology leader, has successfully grown past its startup phase and has established a presence in the chemical industry. It has raised over $100 million in financing, built partnerships with some of the largest global...

YPOV: Happy Hour Etiquette: How to Behave at After-Hours Functions

November
2016
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
The end of the year is fast approaching, which means countless office holiday parties are just around the corner. Attending a work holiday party or happy hour can be a fun way to engage and network with coworkers in a relaxed setting. However, if...

CEP: Editorial - Engaging in Public Affairs

February
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Students in the engineering and public policy (EPP) department worked on projects at the intersection of technology and society, like energy, the environment, and risk analysis. Those sounded interesting, so I enrolled in the ChE/EPP double-major program. Electives on topics such as energy policy, organizational behavior, social analysis, and arms control and defense policy, and projects on product liability, diagnostic radiation, and coal mine safety, gave me an appreciation for the interdependence of engineering and the public welfare.

2015 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2015
Salary Survey
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $127,000 — a 5.8% increase over the median reported in 2013. This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the June 2015 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress.

Career Corner: Should You Get an MBA?

October
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
In the April 2016 column, I wrote about transitioning to a career in sales engineering if you are drawn to the business side of chemical engineering. But what if you aspire to a senior management role or want to combine your technical smarts with...

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