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.

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Clean Tech Leaders

March 26, 2013

Have chemical engineering programs become divorced from the world and people they serve? One program has a new approach to focusing chemical engineering students on the world's challenges.

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.

Finding the Right Career in Chemical Engineering

February 28, 2013

Not sure where your place is in the world of chemical engineering? Robert Szczesniak wasn't sure either, but he found a great fit. Today, he travels the world working on different projects as a chemical engineer. He describes the path – which wasn't always so direct – and gives advice for finding a position that will be a good fit for you.

Book Review: Great Webinars

January 14, 2013

Need to create a jaw-dropping presentation? Cynthia Clay’s Great Webinars can help chemical engineers create presentations that are more captivating and informative.

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.

Where Are All the Women?

December 6, 2012

Adina D. Sterling, assistant professor of strategy at Washington University Olin Business School, shares her own thoughts and experiences and invites your opinions on STEM gender equality. What will it take to bring more women to STEM professions? Join in the conversation.

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.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

November 16, 2012

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? If you're still in college or just beginning your career, answering this question will save you a lot of angst and floundering. Check out the video to learn more.

Young Professionals at Pittsburgh's Library Bar [PHOTOS]

November 1, 2012

More than 80 young professionals gathered at The Library on Pittsburgh's South Side for the joint YP-SIOC Social co-sponsored by the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) and the Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC). Check out the photos of this exercise and other fun we had at the event below in the slideshow.

ChemEs and Career Transitions

October 25, 2012

Many ChemEs go through one or more career transitions and need different skills or expertise in each new position. Have you made a career transition? I want to hear about it.

YPC Presents an "MBA the ChemE Way" Workshop

October 23, 2012

If you are like most engineers, you didn’t have much time for electives in college – and when you did, economics may not have been your cup of tea. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if AIChE had some business-related programming at the Annual Meeting for Young Professionals to learn more and add to their skill sets? Your wait is over!

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.

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!

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.

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.

A Holistic Approach to Sustainability: An Interview with Laura Gimpelson, P.E.

July 26, 2012

Want to know how sustainability goes beyond the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas production? Check out this interview with Laura Gimpelson, a registered professional engineer in multiple states with more than 30 years of experience in green technology, environmental cleanup, and environmental safety. Laura will be presenting at the upcoming Virtual Local Section later today.

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).

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.

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.

YCOSST at EPA’s P3 Sustainable Design Expo: People, Prosperity, and Planet

May 7, 2012

The P3 Program is a design competition sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which promotes college students researching sustainable solutions to current and future issues. P3 stands for People, Prosperity and the Planet. Through this EPA program, college students can benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet by designing solutions that move us towards a sustainable future.

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!

Book Review: The Innovator's DNA

March 21, 2012

Clayton Christensen is perhaps most famous for identifying the concept of a disruptive innovation – a new technology that introduces new markets and new ways that people interact with products. His latest offering, The Innovator’s DNA, co-authored by Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen, takes a look at what skills lead a person to innovation and creativity.

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.

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).

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.

Students Find Amazon Fungus That Binges on Petrochemical Junkfood

February 14, 2012

Each year 16 students sign up for the Yale rainforest lab, which features a two-week expedition during spring break, followed by intensive research analyzing hundreds of samples brought back from the headwaters of the Amazon. This year, one of the samples has shown potential for landfill cleanup, given its appetite for polyurethane.

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.

Spring Meeting YP Networking Mixer: Why Attend?

February 7, 2012

An AIChE Conference would not be complete without multiple opportunities to network! The Young Professionals are always looking for opportunities to socialize, and the Houston 2012 Spring Meeting will be no exception.

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.

Mentoring: Turn Aspirations into Results

January 16, 2012

Our AIChE Fellows/Young Professionals Mentoring Pilot Program was a great success last year, thanks to the Fellows and Young Professionals who participated, and we hope to change aspirations into results for a whole new group of participants this year. We will begin a second round of the Fellows/Young Professionals Mentoring Program in February 2012 and hope that you will take part.

Upcoming Local YP Section Events

January 4, 2012

Upcoming Events for the Chicago, Northern California, South Texas and Puget Sound Young Professionals Sections

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.

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.

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.

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

November 23, 2011

The ChE discipline would benefit by putting just as much focus on developing the next generation of Jack Welchs as well as Linus Paulings. What is the business case for doing so? This series has shed light on how these other skills directly affect our careers and ability to get work accomplished and even the potential impact on the financial viability of our engineering departments.

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.

AIChE Virtual Local Session

November 17, 2011

You're invited to participate in this month's online meeting of the AIChE Virtual Local Section ( The meeting is Thursday Nov 17th, starting at 8 PM eastern US time, and you can participate via Internet connection (preferred) or phone.

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.

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

November 15, 2011

We are always selling. Vendors sell goods, consultants sell advice, politicians sell themselves, demonstrators who occupy Wall Street sell their cause, entrepreneurs sell new concepts, artists sell designs, and even parents sell their standards. Regardless of the way you describe it, teaching, pitching, proposing, convincing – sales is about getting another person to do something and we all need to know how to do sales well to get things done.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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