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...

Interview with 2014 Opening Keynote William Banholzer

March 31, 2014

William Banholzer sums up his opening keynote speech from the 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting and GCPS. Hear his thoughts on the role of chemical engineers in shaping the future and in solving the world's grand challenges.

Management Communications: Are You a Filter or Conduit?

November 18, 2010

Passing communications down from Senior Management on to your team in times of difficulty and organizational stress is both a challenge and an opportunity for leadership. Sometimes communicating the message verbatim may be counter-productive to accomplishment of the desired results.

Houston's SURGE Energy Accelerator Wants You!

December 11, 2012

Open to companies from all over the world, Surge is the only accelerator in the U.S. focused completely on energy software. It's now accepting applications for its second spring class, when it will take ten startups and provide them with $30,000 in seed funding, free office space, and access to dozens of mentors in exchange for a six percent equity stake.

Dr. John McKetta, Jr. Honored at Spring Meeting

April 30, 2013

Numerous AIChE members from academia and industry gathered Monday evening to honor the lifelong achievements and contributions of Dr. John McKetta, Jr., whose career touched the lives of literally thousands of young engineers.

Successfully Navigating in a New Career

May 18, 2016
Achieving success in your new job may require some skills that you did not learn in college. Take advantage of some advice here that's based on one chemical engineer's experiences as the new employee.

Career Paths for ChEs

February 1, 2011

What do you want to be when you get out of school? This article discusses answers to this question for chemical engineers.

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Finance

July 5, 2011

Most engineers I knew in my MBA program went into finance. It’s not too surprising: you need to be analytical and highly skilled in Excel. Our academic cousins in Physics were applying differential equations at Long Term Capital Management (the case study for “math gone wrong”) and prior to the housing crisis Wall Street was even hiring engineers without their MBAs (article). But there is a difference between finance for the Street and the finance used to drive operations. We’ll focus on the latter and how it ties into our fundamental building block for ChE: The Material & Energy Balance.

K-12 Outreach: Hershey Company Shadow Program

November 25, 2011

For the past several years, the Susquehanna AIChE chapter has sponsored a shadow program for high school students at a handful of local businesses. One of the most active programs has been at The Hershey Company (THC). Each spring, a number of engineers at THC have been involved with a half-day shadow program that involves exposing four to six high school students to chemical engineering.

AIChE After Graduation

May 11, 2012

The transition from student to professional is not always an easy one. If you are like many student members, you may not be aware of how to fit into AIChE as a professional and what the benefit is for maintaining your involvement.

Dr. Laura Dietsche of Dow Speaks at Mid-Michigan Event

March 3, 2011

On February 23, at a meeting of the Mid-Michigan Section of AIChE, Dr. Laura Dietsche presented a view of chemical engineering education programs in the U.S. She spoke from her perspective as a team leader and commissioner at ABET, the organization that reviews and accredits engineering programs at colleges in the U.S. I came away from her talk with two strong impressions: Dr. Dietsche and her colleagues at ABET are providing a very valuable service to the profession – and on a strictly volunteer basis!

Become a Better Networker

October 11, 2013

For CEP’s October’s Career Corner “Career Success through Networking,” columnist Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, interviewed Kevin Shulman, president of Shulman Associates, an Iselin, NJ, sales training and client development firm.

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 please your boss and bolster your project's success.

What's the State of Chemical Engineering Employment in 2011?

June 3, 2011

CEP's (Chemical Engineering Progress) biennial salary survey is presented in the June 2011 issue. Look for it in print, on, or on a future post here. In addition to questions about facts, figures, and demographic data, respondents were asked three open-ended questions. The most interesting of them was...

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 mentorship is a critical networking tool that can be an effective way to achieve career growth as well as contribute to your own psychological wellbeing. For the second year, The Young Professional Committee (YPC) and The Fellows Committee will be collaborating, and piloting a mentor program.

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.

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 personal profiles. This week, we feature AIChE board member Jennifer Sinclair Curtis.

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 and gain from their advice and experience.

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 capability to make sensible and better decisions for the direction of these changes, especially in the field of energy.

Snapback Hats - The Leading Choice of Celebrities

November 22, 2010

New Era snapback hats is a firm with a very abundant history that goes back to New York in 1920. New Era snapback hats are the only snapback hats used by players in the MLB and minor leagues and also is the top selection of the NHL, NBA, and the majority of major universities in the United States.

What Is the Goal?

May 14, 2013

When is the last time you read a novel that offered insights you could apply on the job as a process engineer? Check out the classic The Goal for a must-read drama that takes place inside a manufacturing plant.

Charlene Wall-Warren’s First Job

February 2, 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 board member Charlene Wall-Warren.

What is SIOC?

December 2, 2011

AIChE is organized into three “operating councils” that manage many of the activities of AIChE. The Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) is the one of these that has primary responsibility for the way that the Institute relates to the world beyond AIChE.

AIChE Apprentices: An Opportunity to Make a Difference

May 18, 2012

This summer, AIChE is launching a new program to empower young professionals to affect the direction of the chemical engineering profession. It will provide opportunities in advocacy/policy work, service projects in the developing world, outreach, and more. Read on for more details.

Building a Leadership Portfolio

February 17, 2014

Networking is a great way to build your resume and professional contacts, and you can use it to develop leadership opportunities.


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