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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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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

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...

2011: A Chemical Odyssey

January 20, 2011

When the ball dropped in Times Square December 31 a few seconds before midnight, it marked the beginning of a new year—a year to “celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.”

Shaping the Future of Innovation

June 13, 2011

In today’s world where we are constantly striving to do more with less, innovation is the one of the keys for continuous improvement. In his blog on innovation and business strategy, Paul Hobcraft highlighted the challenges an organization must overcome in order to foster innovation.

Wahoo Wizards: A University of Virginia Classroom Outreach Story

November 16, 2011

Wahoo Wizards is a community outreach program that was started eleven years ago and is supported by the AIChE student chapter at the University of Virginia. Named after the unofficial mascot of the university, this program aims to immerse K-6 students in the Charlottesville, VA, community in science and engineering.

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.

Presentations for Graduating Students by YPC

September 26, 2012

The Young Professional Committee is proud to present a number of outstanding presentations, tailored specifically for graduating chemical engineers, at the upcoming Annual Student Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, beginning on Friday, October 26.

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013

Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

Book Review: Open Innovation

March 1, 2016
Open innovation may be the latest buzzword, but it's value to chemical engineers goes well beyond a shiny new expression to toss about. Check out this review of one of the latest books dedicated to the subject.

Are You in ChE-Harmony?

December 1, 2010

Help us promote this video by sharing it! Building your career takes time, and everybody needs a little help along the way. Got a great story about your career you want to share? Share how you have achieved ChE-Harmony in your career, whether through mentors, internships, training or just plain old encouragement from family and friends.

Virtual Local Section Quarterly Update – October 2011

October 26, 2011

The Virtual Local Section's vision is: "No Chemical Engineer Left Behind." In recognition of the fact that many engineers work in remote locations and may be unable to participate in physical meetings, the VLS aims to connect them to their profession.

How Green Is Your School?

August 12, 2015

Prospective college students interested in comparing colleges based on their commitment to environmentalism can look to Sierra Magazine’s ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest c

Transforming Teams

July 1, 2016
A business classic on team building shares techniques for building strong teams and results.

Top 5: Reasons to Get Your P.E. as a Chemical Engineer

February 4, 2011

Every blog needs a Lettermanesque Top 5 listing, so today we tackle something that every young Chemical Engineer asks: is it worth it to get my P.E. license? Check out our top five reasons--and maybe add a few of your own!

K-12 Outreach – ChE’s Giving Back

August 8, 2011

AIChE, through its Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC), wants to establish a community of its members who are interested in using K-12 outreach as a way to spread the message about the positive impact that chemical engineers have on society, and about the great career opportunities that exist in our profession.

AIChE Seeking ChE Experts for eLearning Course

June 8, 2012

UPDATE: Proposal Deadline Has Been Extended Until August 1, 2012. AIChE is soliciting proposals from qualified chemical engineering experts to develop an eLearning course for practicing chemical engineers who are preparing for the US Chemical PE Exam administered by the NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying).

Negotiating for Financial Success

June 27, 2013

Negotiating salary and other compensation right can really set the pace of your career with a company and beyond. Use these tips to negotiate financial success.

A New Norm for the PhD Workforce?

November 20, 2015
Increasing number of young professionals pursuing PhDs far outstrips the number of tenure-track faculty positions available, making an academic career the exception today rather than the rule.

Register for AIChE's Online Career Fair

April 4, 2011

You can register today for AIChE's Online Career Fair and begin to search through job postings and apply for positions now, before the online event takes place on May 17-18 at 10:00AM-7:00PM ET. While there are certain advantages for AIChE members, you do not have to be a member to take part in the Online Career Fair.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship

February 16, 2012

Okay, you’ve accepted a summer internship with Company X – what’s next? As you head to your new intern position this coming summer, here are a few tips to help make the most of your summer job.

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