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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.

Employment of Chemical Engineers

January
2002
Special Section
Freeman Self , Freeman Self
An analysis of past employment data can help identify future trends in chemical engineering. FreemanSelf-EdEkholm-

Use TRIZ in Reverse to Analyze Failures

May
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
Asking “how could I make this fail?” can help you to identify potential problems that you might not otherwise have considered.

CEP: YPOV - Building a Leadership Portfolio

February
2014
YPOV
Janet Werner
When talking with college students at local section meetings, I’m often asked about my responsibilities within AIChE with a simple question: “So, what do you do?” The answer, however, is not so simple. As a leader in the Chicago Local Section, Chicago Young Professionals Committee (YPC), national YPC, and President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Local Sections, I could answer this question in several ways.

AIChE Journal Highlight: A Sustainable Approach to Process Safety

November
2015
Journal Highlight
Process safety engineering involves the use of fundamental engineering knowledge (e.g., thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and kinetics) to develop and apply measures to prevent, mitigate, and respond to catastrophic incidents. The objective of this...

CEP: News Update

November
2014
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: Where is the Class of 2014?; Producing More Ethanol with Less-Sensitive Microbes; Stretchable Patch Provides First-Class Health Monitoring; New Drug Capsule Takes the Ouch Out of Injections; Hybrid Device Combines a Solar Cell and a Battery.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - ChE Education: How Times Are Changing

November
2014
Journal Highlight
The chemical engineering curriculum has changed over the years and will continue to change in the future. In the November AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Evolving Trends in Chemical Engineering Education,” Arvind Varma of Purdue Univ. and Ignacio Grossmann of Carnegie Mellon Univ. examine this evolution and illuminate the impacts of shifts in academic research and industry needs. Taking a close look at the history and likely course of chemical engineering education provides a basis for discussing whether this trajectory is heading in the right direction to meet the needs of industry and to address societal issues.

CEP: YPOV - A New Graduate’s Lessons Learned

May
2014
YPOV
Samantha Schmidt
One year ago, I was putting the finishing touches on my senior design project, taking my last round of undergraduate final exams, and preparing to move to Cincinnati to start my new job in an engineering and operations rotational program at General...

Optimize Your Conference Poster's Impact

August
2010
Career Catalyst
L. P. Driskill
Engineers routinely optimize process designs; poster designs need optimization too. Use these techniques and strategies to create a poster that captures and holds the viewer's attention.

2009 AIChE Salary Survey

August
2009
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries are up 7% from two years ago, to a median of $110,950. Furthermore, average starting salaries have risen to over $65,000.

2011 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2011
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries have remained stable over the last two years at a median of $110,000. Average starting salaries are nearly $66,900. This expanded version of the article that appeared in print provides the detailed survey results.

Smart Blogging for Chemical Engineers

May
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Blogs have come a long way since their first appearance in the late 1990s, when they were little more than online diaries. Today, people are just as likely to turn to blogs (Internet shorthand for “Web log”) as to newspapers or magazines for information and news.

Hopefully, Change Won't Be Difficult

May
2012
Editorial
I was taught that the word hopefully means “in a hopeful manner” or “full of hope.” Authors who start a sentence with the word hopefully usually mean “I (we) hope” or “it is hoped” — which is an incorrect usage of the word.

How to do an Internal FDA Audit

October
2001
Management
Gavin Sinclair
Meeting FDA regulations is not optional. The costs are high for any company that does not act responsibly to ensure that all additives are meet the required regulations.

Use Cloud Tools to Collaborate

July
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Internet-based applications are changing the way chemical engineers collaborate. These virtual tools can help project teams make decisions more quickly, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

CEP: YPOV - Engineering Cyber Security

July
2012
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
Between March and April 2010, a powerful but seemingly limited computer worm, now referred to as Stuxnet, infected computers around the world, beginning in Iran and spreading to Indonesia and India. A recently published book uncovers findings on the origin of the worm and raises concerns that are relevant to chemical engineers everywhere.

Whatever Happened to the Class of 2009?

September
2009
News Feature
Gordon Ellis
Regardless of their current employment status and personal outlook, the new class of chemical engineering graduates is con?dent that they possess a unique versatility and capacity to make good and do good.

Profiles

January
2002
Special Section
Margaret Clarke Hunt
These profiles of a dozen engineers in different stages of their careers offer snapshots of where chemical engineers are employed.

Prepare for a Different Future

February
2001
Opinion
Calvin B. Cobb
The U.S. industrial landscape is changing dramatically. This has significant implications for our profession and individual chemical engineers.

Tracking Trends in Undergraduate Enrollment

November
2008
Centennial
R. Russell Rhinehart
By understanding the normal enrollment swings, employers and students can capitalize during the boom times and rideout the busts, while universities can allocate resources more effectively.

Advance Your Career in 8 Words or Less

August
2002
Special Section
Kate Wendleton
A short, simple and concise message can be an effective way to let others know about your accomplishments and your worth.

Forging Career Security

December
2005
Career Catalyst
David Madison
Eight things to do when you’re not job hunting.

Conduct Successful Team Meetings

November
2003
Career Catalyst
Barry M. Weinstein
Prepare effective agendas, minutes, status updates, and corrective action reports to make your meetings, as well as your projects, run more smoothly.

Overcoming Obstacles to Innovation

September
2010
Management
Mukund Karanjikar, Jeff Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins
Despite high levels of spending and lofty innovation goals, companies often experience declining productivity. An understanding of the causes and remedies for innovation fatigue can free engineers and their organizations to achieve greater success.

Hiring the Right Consultant

July
2004
Career Catalyst
Peter R. Lantos
Follow these suggestions for identifying and validating a consultant, as well as for making the most effective use of the consultant’s expertise.

Achieving Success

December
2001
Career Catalyst
Slava Thaler
Put these seven principles to work to spell success for your professional and personal life.

Understand Personality Styles

June
2003
Career Catalyst
Mary Kay Slowikowski
One key to being a successful leader is understanding yourself and others, and adapting your behavior as the situation warrants.

Evaluating the Risks and Rewards of an Expatriate Assignment

March
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
The global chemical industry is showing particularly strong growth outside North America. Understanding where opportunities exist — and which are worth taking — can help you decide whether it is time to take your career, and your life, on the road.

Recruit for Retention

April
2004
Career Catalyst
Partick Ropella
The most successful employee-retention programs begin with recruiting and hiring the individual who best matches the position and best fits into the company's culture.

Taming Intrapersonal Pirates of Performance

December
2008
Career Catalyst
Saidas M. Ranade
Don’t let preconceived notions, preoccupation, and poor perception plunder your progress. These exercises will show you how to scuttle these scallywags, and make teamwork smooth sailing.

Getting Started in Social Media

January
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Engineers can derive professional benefits from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and other social media. Here is some practical advice on using these tools effectively, whether you are a veteran or a relative novice.

Match the Effort to the R&D Investment

January
2006
Career Catalyst
Kelly Ibsen
Using a phased engineering approach to guide R&D projects will improve efficiency and avoid costly experimental excursions.

Ace the Interview

November
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Few situations can be more anxiety-provoking than a job interview. Although the skills required for a successful interview may not come naturally, they can be honed — with practice, introspection, and informed preparation.

Profiles of Success

August
2003
Special Section
See how these six high-level women in industry and academia got where they are today and what it's like to be a successful woman in a male-dominated field.

How Will You Manage?

July
2008
Career Catalyst
Glen Rosentrater
Engineers typically don’t learn the “soft skills” of team and project management in school. Here is a game plan to help you supplement your technical expertise with effective leadership.

Making Smarter Clean-Tech Investments

October
2010
Management
William J. Grieco, Adam Javan
Appropriate due diligence can help investors sort through the hype and identify the most viable ventures.

10 Tips for Managing Your Career

July
2001
Career Catalyst
Bettina  Seidman
Get interpersonally fit by improving your work relationships and honing your communication skills

Stressed?

October
2002
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Follow these simple techniques to help you reduce stress and tension on the job.

Control Commissioning Costs

August
2004
Management
D. P. Lal
This procedure for commissioning a large chemical complex can help reduce the time required and minimize expenses.

Adopt Integrated Product Teams for Process Development

July
2005
Management
Jeffrey Mueller, Larry Scotchie, Kelly Seheult
The cross-functional IPT approach can be combined with a stage-gate framework and six sigma techniques to improve the effectiveness of process development efforts.

How Does Your $alary Stack Up?

August
2002
Special Section
Betty Feehan
The median salary among chemical engineers is $84,000, and annual raises are averaging 4.8%.

Close Out - The Forgotten Phase

January
2002
Management
Paula K. Martin ,  Karen Tate
In the long run, taking the time to close out a project properly will save time and reduce the chances of making the same mistake twice.

Managing Your Job Search

July
2003
Career Catalyst
Elizabeth Feehan
The key to effective job search is organization. Follow this plan to keep you campaign on track and keep track of your campaign.

Contemplating a New Phase of Your Career

April
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Today’s employment environment has altered the concept of “career.” If you are attempting to change jobs or enter a different industry — or even considering a second career — it is important to understand your motivations and proceed with care.

Do More in Less Time

March
2001
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Ten tips for improving your personal productivity.

Improve Your Position Where You Are

June
2002
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
Basic job-hunting skills such as staying aware and making yourself marketable are also key to advancing your career with your present employer.

Shaping a New Role for the Operator

May
2004
Management
Ian  Nimmo, Peter  Bullemer,  Sandra  Foreman
In the future, operating teams may proactively manage their plants to maximize safety and minimize environmental impact, while pushing the processes to their optimal limits. Here's how to achieve the necessary paradigm shift by giving operators an...

Inherently Safer Design: The Fundamentals

January
2012
Special Section
Dennis C. Hendershot
Build safety into your process by substituting less-hazardous materials and chemistry, minimizing inventories and equipment sizes, moderating operating conditions, and simplifying unnecessarily complex operations.

Write a Better Brochure

October
2001
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Engineers are often called on to review product brochures and ads for equipment and processes. Here are six tips for working more effectively with an ad agency or corporate marketing-communications department to create good product literature.

Improve Your Reading Efficiency and Speed

March
2003
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the daily influx of memos, letters, reports and journals? These tips will help you develop a systematic method for dealing with the endless stream of material that is essential to your job.

Get Your Investment Decisions Right

February
2006
Management
Gerald Bode, Konrad Hungerbuhler, Gregory J. McRae, Reinhard Schomacker
This article describes state-of-the-art investment analysis techniques, shows how and why even reasonably good analyses can lead to bad decisions, and gives guidance on how to avoid mistakes when making investment decisions regarding chemical...

Assessing Competency During the Hiring Process

December
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Interviews and references provide insight into what a job candidate has accomplished. Competency assessment helps the employer ascertain how an individual will actually think and behave on the job. <br> <br>

The Price is Right -- Or Is It?

December
2003
Management
Glen Rosentrater - 
Contractors' quotes often differ significantly -- by up to 30% is not uncommon, and may be legitimate. Here's how to analyze bids to be able to award a fairly priced contract.

It’s a Gift: Make the Most of Holiday Job-Searching

December
2010
Career Catalyst
David Madison
It is a common misconception that the November–December holiday season is an unproductive time for job-hunting. Smart job seekers take advantage of the unusual opportunities that the season brings — to position themselves for holiday job-search...

Over 40? Make the Most of It!

August
2001
Career Catalyst
Bettina Seidman
Savvy employers are learning to value experienced engineers. Here's how you can take advantage of this trend.

Succeed in Business in Eastern Europe

November
2002
Career Catalyst
Lionel F. Laroche, Susan Morey
Eastern Europe is a significant potential market for Western corporations. There are plenty of opportunities for success if you learn to do business in a way that meshes with Eastern European expectations of how business should be done.

Prepare an Effective Intellecutal Property Business Plan

August
2009
Management
Steven R. Hansen
The intellectual property component of a business plan is instrumental in protecting and promoting engineering innovations. Here’s how chemical engineers can provide valuable input into the preparation of an IP business plan.

Get What's Coming to You

January
2002
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
Here's how to negotiate the best possible severance package.

Should You Accept an International Assignment?

August
2003
Career Catalyst
C. Delia Contreras, Fabio Bravo
Consider the career- and family-related benefits and trade-offs of an overseas experience, as well as whether you have what it takes to be successful in such a position.

Succeed in the Workplace

January
2007
Career Catalyst
Stan Sebastian
This top 10 list covers things you may never have been told about the real world.

Preparing Invention Disclosures

April
2010
Management
William D. Hall
The patent process can be a costly journey down a long and winding road. An invention disclosure serves as a roadmap for preparing the patent application and ultimately obtaining a valid, enforceable patent.

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