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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.

Designing an Effective Poster

August 9, 2010
Engineers routinely optimize process designs; poster designs need optimization, too. In the August 2010 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) magazine, L. P. Driskill, a...

Talking to Your Bo$$: Taxes and Conclusion

December 15, 2010
Tax decisions can affect chemical engineers as they take their projects from the lab to the field. Learn more about how you can learn to make wise tax-related decisions that will...

AIChE Mentorship Program: Call for Mentees

November 13, 2011
Mentorship is a type of networking. Networking is the deliberate and systematic process of building and maintaining relationships based on mutual benefit. Research suggests that...

Ethics and the Chemical Engineer

December 12, 2013
What do future chemical engineering leaders know about ethics? Ethics and safety have become a major part of the chemical engineering profession. AIChE's 2013 Gala in November...

Get Back on Your Feet After a Layoff

September 20, 2016
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...

Jennifer Curtis's First Job

February 16, 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...

How Do Chemical Engineers Use Social Media?

August 30, 2011
Since Linkedin was launched in 2005, social media has increasingly played a role in our lives, both personal and professional. A recent New York Times article discussed the idea...

Advice for Young Job Seekers

August 6, 2012
The question students ask most is what can they do to get a job in engineering, but often the answer lies with people they already know. Read more about how others have found jobs...

The World Needs Engineering Judgment

April 9, 2014
William Banholzer, retired Dow Chemical CTO, gave an insightful and wide-ranging address on the the state of technology changes for the future, and the chemical engineer’s special...

Connect with Chemical Engineers in Your Area

February 11, 2016
Sure, AIChE conferences are a great place to other engineers and catch up on the latest in your field, but what about all those times between conferneces?. For all those times in...

La Educacion EN Seguridad De Procesos

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
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
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 11:30am-12:00pm
The front line is instrumental in implementing process safety, Yet they are rarely engaged in meaningful process safety discussions. We tend to...

Process Safety Education Program in Mitsubishi Chemical Group

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 11:00am-11:30am
The Mitsubishi Chemical Group identifies potential risk factors in the manufacturing process and takes steps to prevent their occurrence by...

How to Influence the Organization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...

Finding Your Grail, the Beyonce Turn, and Career Satisfaction

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
The Women's Intiatives Committee (WIC) luncheon features keynote speaker Cheryl Teich. Cheryl is talking about her career path, obstacles she had to...

Process Safety Management Mentoring: Developing Leaders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process Safety Management Mentoring: Developing Leaders The first pillar of Risk Based Process Safety Management is "Commitment to Process Safety." A...

Process Safety As a Career Foundation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
The foundation of one’s profession can have an exponential effect on the lifelong development of their careers. There may be no stronger launching...

Ragagep 101

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:00am-8:30am
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEPs) play an important role in US-OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard (29...

Is Your Operation Prepared for Economic Recovery?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Proposed Title ” Is Your Operation prepared for Economic Recovery?” The world economy has been depressed for several years. During that time, changes...

Managing Organizational Change

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 4:00am
Management of Change has long been recognized as a fundamental cornerstone of a process safety program. Through the years, most companies have...

Project Management for Chemical Engineers

Public (classroom) Course
In today’s global and fast-paced world, the ability to manage complex projects is vital to keep up with the chemical industry’s demands and needs...

A Rich and Diverse History

January
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
This look at the continuing evolution of chemical engineering starts with reflections on the past.

Great Companies for Women Engineers

September
2003
Career Catalyst
Cynthia F. Mascone
The keys to building a talented workforce: benefits that enable employees to balance their work and personal lives; stimulating and challenging assignments; and a culture that allows all employees to reach their full potential.

Women ChEs Make Progress Toward Equity

August
2003
Special Section
Irene Kim
Women in the chemical engineering profession are gaining equality -- to varying degrees -- in numbers, salary and worklife environment.

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,...

The Standing of Women in Academia

August
2003
Special Section
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.

Where is the Chemical Engineering Industry Headed?

January
2007
Special Section
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?

Educational Perspective on the Future of Chemical Engineering

January
2007
Special Section
James T. Cobb Jr., Gary K. Patterson, S. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Diversification, globalization, emerging technologies...Times have certainly changed for chemical engineers. But, has the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum kept pace?

Career Corner: How to Be Productive Working from Home

August
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
You might think working from home is easy. You could avoid the stress of commuting and even work in your pajamas if you want. While such a work arrangement may seem ideal, it is not always easy to stay focused if you are not in a typical office...

Expanding Horizons

August
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
Pursuing a wide variety of career options, chemical engineers continue to reinvent the profession.

Leadership Q&A: Keep the Long-Term in Mind

May
2016
Leadership Q&A
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, talks to CEP about his strategy for leading one of the largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies in the world. In 2010–2011, faced with significant debt and soft demand, the company had to restructure and cut costs. Emerging from those dark times, LyondellBasell is now focused on growth and expanding its operations where it has a competitive advantage.

Introduction to Process Safety for Undergraduates and Engineers

June, 2016
Familiarizes the student or an engineer new to process safety with the concept of process safety management Serves as a comprehensive reference for Process Safety topics for student chemical engineers and newly graduate engineers Acts as a reference material for either a stand-alone process safety...

Upstream

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Technical Entity Trends: A Critical Problem to Solve

May
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Derrick Wu
We treat our phones as necessary extensions of ourselves, and it is now hard to imagine life without what has become like an additional limb. Similarly, we have grown so used to computers, cars, and items requiring batteries that many of us would...

Solve Problems Inventively

April
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
The TRIZ methodology encourages you to approach problems from a different angle. Here’s a primer on the basics of the technique and the tools available to implement it.

YPOV: Do’s and Don’ts of International Business Travel

July
2016
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Preparing for an international business trip can be much more stressful than a domestic trip. Along with arranging an itinerary, packing your essentials, and coordinating your flights and hotels, you also need to worry about being jet lagged, maintaining proper etiquette, and acquiring the proper visas and other documents needed for travel.

What's Your Problem Solving Style?

August
2004
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
Understand how you and others solve problems, and use that knowledge to cultivate organizational relationships and improve individual and team efforts.

People - The Key to Successful Project Management

September
2004
Career Catalyst
Eldon R. Larsen
While Gantt charts, timelines, budgets, resource constraints, quality challenges, performance measures, and other tools are important, they are neither meaningful nor effective without people.

Apply Six Sigma for Process Improvement and Problem-Solving

March
2011
Back To Basics
George Liebermann
Many manufacturing processes are not run as efficiently as they could be. The Six Sigma methodology provides a foundation for continuous improvement and for solving quality, operational, and other problems.

Ethics — Examining Your Engineering Responsibility

February
2015
Career Catalyst
Deborah Grubbe
Engineering ethics frequently has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with communication, thought and decision-making patterns, and conflicts around time and money.

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