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.

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...

Interviews with Leading Engineers: Q&A with Kevin Joback

September 13, 2011

In an interview with Kevin Joback, president at Molecular Knowledge Systems, we discuss his upcoming course on process and product development. Kevin will be a speaker at AIChE's upcoming Northeast Regional Conference at the Chem Show in November.

Register for AIChE’s Online Career Fair

January 26, 2012

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 March 20-21, 2012.

Book Review: Peer Power

October 8, 2012

Have you been challenged by difficult colleagues or by other workplace relationship conflicts? Then maybe Peer Power should be next on your reading list!

Teaching Safety in University Settings - GCPS Event

April 3, 2013

Process safety and a safety culture are needed in our higher education system not just to meet new ABET requirements, but also to meet the expectations of our industrial constituents, and to prepare students as responsible engineers.

AIChE at USASEF: Doing Our Part for STEM Education

May 9, 2014

What’s a hydrogel? How do chemical engineers design mixers for viscous fluids such as chocolate? These and other questions were answered at the AIChE-sponsored booth at the recent 3rd USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) in Washington, D.C.

Video Games + Biology= Awesomeness!

December 6, 2010

There are many reasons why we game. Some game to escape, others to compete, and my personal favorite, to learn. Now, gamers have another—and even loftier—goal behind their time in front of the screen: contributing to science. Thanks to a new game developed by a team of bioinformaticians at McGill University, players can contribute in a fun way to genetic research.

Grow Your Student Chapter with Social Networking

November 2, 2011

In a Student Chapter Workshop, Jordan Keith and a fellow student of North Carolina State University spoke about their experiences and success with LinkedIn in connecting to and communicating with their student chapter.

Upcoming Local Section Leadership Workshop at Spring Meeting

March 9, 2012

We recently caught up with Amanda Robbens, vice chair of the Local Sections Committee and Virtual Local Section, to discuss the upcoming Local Section Leadership Workshop, which will take place before the Spring Meeting in Houston (more details below).

2014 AIChE Gala

October 14, 2014

AIChE’s 2014 Gala will be held on Friday, December 5th, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. This year’s gala centers on the theme of engineering diversity.

YPOV: Get Back on Your Feet After a Layoff

Jonathan Haughton
You thought it would never happen to you. You are a hard-working chemical engineer fulfilling your career goals. The next thing you know, you’re called into a meeting with your boss and you are out of work before lunch. With that, welcome to your...

Can We Teach Ourselves? Sugata Mitra and Minimally Invasive Education.

September 14, 2010

This is a question that Sugata Mitra, a professor and scientist set out to answer based on the premise that there are places on earth, in every country, where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go.

This fascinating video shows highlights of the experiments conducted in India, South Africa, and Italy.

Meet a Young Professional Local Section: Chicago

December 31, 2011

This past year was a busy year for the Young Professional Advisory Board Chicago local section. Our YP group has grown tremendously over the past few years with several new active members. The Chicago section has recently restructured in order to give more YPs more chances for leadership roles. Each month we hold an event specifically focused on young professional topics rotating our focus each month between technical topics, professional development topics, outreach events and purely social events. In the past few months we hosted events all throughout the greater Chicagoland area.

Moving from Student to Chemical Engineer

March 5, 2013

ChEnected interviewed Sarah Ewing about moving from school to the business world on a video chat recently. Sarah graduated from UC Irvine 2010 with B.S. Chemical Engineering, and was a field engineer at Schlumberger and now serves as a field applications engineer at FMC. Check out the video and hear what she has to say.

Three Cheers for Science!

April 6, 2011

Ready to bust some stereotypes? How about some brainy cheerleaders all pumped up for science? Check out the video in the panel to the right.

Self-Taught Sixteen-Year-Old Inventor Wows MIT

November 30, 2012

Leaving Sierra Leone for the first time, 16-year-old Kelvin Doe flew to the US to participate in MIT's fabled practitioner's program, where he demo-ed his soldered and duct-taped radio hardware to admiring undergrads.

Balancing Life & Career: Is It All or Nothing?

April 24, 2013

Finding a balance between work and life is difficult for many, but the challenge seems even greater for women in STEM careers. Could a long-term view the best approach to tackling this challenge?

June 2015 CEP Preview

June 16, 2015
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.

Ron Corn Discusses Ethylene "Mega Projects"

April 15, 2016
Sanjeev Kapur of Apex PetroConsultants interviews Ron Corn, senior vice president of Projects & Supply Chain for Chevron Phillips Chemical. Ron discusses "mega projects" which are those that represent expenditures of $1 billion or more.

The Job Offer

June 20, 2011

So, you've been made an offer. Congratulations! If you're just out of school and facing a tough job market, chances are this will be an easy decision for you.

Have a ChemE Test but Want to Give the Books a Rest? Try a Screencast!

November 22, 2011

The chemical engineering faculty and staff at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder developed Screencasts to give students an effective alternative to simply hitting the books or reviewing classroom notes. Screencasts are short videos (10 minutes or less) of narrations with screen recordings.

Spring Meeting YP Mixer

April 30, 2012

Thank you to all the Young Professionals (YP) who attended this year’s Spring Meeting Mixer. We had a great turnout of sixty YPs that are eager to get “Chenected” with the organization and more involved!

Transitioning to Management

June 14, 2013

Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine interviews senior executive coach Mike Martorella for advice on making the transition from engineer to manager.

Women in Chemical Technology: Sheri Oslick

January 14, 2015
Sheri Oslick is an attorney whose practice focuses on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Learn about her science background and the path she took to find her career.

Who Are You Designing For?

October 18, 2010

The life of the desk engineer is a strange one. You sit in the office and make decisions. You develop ideas and implement change where the biggest direct impact of your work is whether or not you meet your deadline or make your budget. Rarely are you exposed to the end products resulting from your brain power, because we are often separated from the practical application by layers of seniority, quality assurance, time delays and location differences.

Career Insights: Things I Didn't Learn in School

September 20, 2011

There's a long list of things I learned in school, and I am grateful for all of that knowledge. It makes me the stellar employee that I am today, but there are a few things that I have learned in the real world that I really wish they would have clued me in on before releasing me out into the world.

Spring Meeting YP Programming: Preview

February 7, 2012

Young Professionals have a lot to look forward to at the 2012 Spring Meeting in Houston. Whether you are interested in technical topics or professional development, there will be a variety of sessions available for you. In addition, there will also be a whole topical focused on Process Safety for Young Professionals.

Why Not South Africa?

October 15, 2012

Sometimes my job takes me to unexpected places. A few weeks ago, I flew to South Africa to attend the South African Conference for Chemical Engineers, give a talk on chemical engineering education in the U.S., and meet with the World Chemical Engineering Council.

Your Career as a Volunteer

April 4, 2013

There are many opportunities in the workplace and beyond for volunteering that can enrich your career and your life. Read about how other chemical engineers are contributing and making a difference.

Where Do Chemical Engineers Fit into the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry?

December 7, 2010

Before working for an upstream oil company, I was under the impression that chemical engineers working in oil and gas belonged in pipeline and downstream operations. For those of you not in the industry, most large, integrated oil companies consist of an upstream organization and a downstream organization. The former focuses on exploration and production and the latter refines crude petroleum into usable products (gasoline, lubricants, etc.).

Strengthening Your Local Section

November 9, 2011

For anyone interested in getting involved with his or her local section (LS), or for those currently leading or interested in leading a LS, the AIChE Local Sections Committee (LSC) is for you! The LSC provides resources and support to sections across AIChE borders and serves as a clearinghouse for information and contacts.

Career: The Good, the Bad, and the Rotational Program

March 15, 2012

Are you applying for jobs that include a rotation program? No clue what a rotational program is? Think of it as a job sampler and a possible opportunity to travel. Rotational programs can also be a valuable way to familiarize yourself with a company and several positions.

MBA the ChemE Way

May 22, 2013

Considering an MBA? “MBA the ChemE Way” session in San Antonio gave a quick snapshot into planning and applying to business schools, a look into core classes every MBA takes, and some words from experienced MBAs.

Successful Delegation in Six Steps

September 21, 2010

The rewards of a successful delegation effort are three-fold: 1) More and/or more advanced tasks are accomplished by the employee; 2) Employee satisfaction increases as they become a more valuable team member and; 3) The team becomes more talented and capable to fulfill the changing needs of the business.

Maria K. Burka’s First Job

February 9, 2011

There’s no such thing as starting at the top for most people. Learn how some of today’s prominent chemical engineers got their start in the working world in this weekly series of personal profiles. This week, we feature AIChE president Maria K. Burka.


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