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AIChE K-12

AIChE K-12 leverages the Institute’s vast network of volunteers for enhanced and expanded local impact in K-12 Outreach. Our objective is to increase interest, awareness, and excitement for science and engineering in K-12 students and prepare future engineering students and professionals to creatively solve technical challenges in an ethical, environmentally responsible, and socially conscious way.

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The Doing a World of Good Campaign is one of the most ambitious fundraising programs in our history. AIChE expects to raise $15 million over five years that will be directed toward five transformative priorities. Learn more.

Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC)

The Societal Impact Operating Council is leading efforts to define how chemical engineers can most effectively address societal needs. Accountabilities include outreach and public policy, diversity of the profession, and the global business environment.

AfroBiotech Conference 2019

October 27-29, 2019
The AfroBiotech Conference, hosted by the Society for Biological Engineering, will highlight the achievements of African Americans in biotechnology, inspire a new generation of diverse biotechnology professionals and identify, communicate, and explore current advancements in various aspects of Biotechnology.

AIChE Foundation Fall Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the fall newsletter which highlights stories on how we are at the forefront of creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce for all chemical engineers.

All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion

The AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good campaign announced the launch of its latest initiative, All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion, a comprehensive, multi-year, industrywide collective effort to increase inclusion in engineering.

Recognizing the Power of Untapped Potential

Archived Webinar
Aug 28, 2019
This 60-minute webinar will provide industry and government data on the current engineering and technical workforce and discuss the need to find diverse talent.
AIChE sends undergraduates to Washington, DC, each summer as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This year’s interns were (from left): Kathleen Wu, Yale Univ.; Jill Schoborg, Iowa State Univ.; and Jami Summey-Rice, Univ. of Houston.

WISE Interns Complete DC Assignments

September 17, 2015

This summer, three chemical engineering students explored the interface between engineering and public policy as AIChE’s 2015 WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) interns.

Dow’s ongoing dedication to Doing a World of Good

Demonstrating their commitment to safety and ethical practice, on June 10 - 13th, 2019, Dow hosted a highly successful three-day workshop to train faculty members from Universities across the country how process safety is put into industrial practice.

Poddars Endow Rising ChEs Award

July 1, 2019

The inaugural award ceremony, which will recognize a recent chemical engineering graduate, will take place at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting.

The ChE in Context: AIChE Updates Its Climate Change Policy Statement

July
2019
The ChE in Context
Phillip R. Westmoreland, Mary Ellen Ternes
Our world — everyone, every species, and everything in it — is being affected by climate change. As the changes become more significant, we will have to adapt. Chemical engineers are in a special position to explain what is happening with our...

Hear from Former WISE Interns

June 25, 2019

Hear in a two-part podcast series how gaining an insider's understanding of government policy related to chemical engineering can change the course of a chemical engineer's career.

Stephanie Farrell: Featured LGBTQ+ Ally

August 22, 2018

As the staff liaison for AIChE's LGBTQ+ & Allies Initiative, I'm thrilled and proud to introduce long-term AIChE volunteer Stephanie Farrell as our first Featured Ally of our LGBTQ+ professiona

Gayle Gibson: Featured LGBTQ ChemE Professional

May 16, 2018

A Texas A&M graduate and newly retired engineer, Gayle discusses working in various areas at DuPont, including engineering design, plant improvement, and manufacturing as well as her experiences as an LGBTQ professional.

Fostering Inclusive Communities

May 24, 2019

Inclusive communities benefit productivity and innovation, but building and maintaining an inclusive community takes real know-how. Learn more here.

Inspiring Global Advancement

The AIChE Foundation had the opportunity to chat with Fahima Rafiqi, a chemical engineering student at Manhattan College and Past Chair of the AIChE Executive Student Committee.

The Poddar Award for Rising Chemical Engineers

The AIChE Foundation had the opportunity to chat with Doing a World of Good champions, Syamal and Susmita Poddar on their generous support to endow The Poddar Award for Rising Chemical Engineers.

Fostering Inclusive Communities in Engineering

Fostering Inclusive Communities was part of the leadership development track at the AIChE Spring Meeting, and is a core program of the AIChE Foundation's recently launched All for Good: Engineering for Inclusion initiative.

Villanova University – Igniting Change

On February 1- 2, 2019, Villanova University along with CCPS held a very successful Student Process Safety boot camp. One of our largest process safety student boot camps, there were sixty – four students (57 Juniors and 7 Seniors) that came together to learn about process safety.

Sharon Beshouri (left) receives AIChE's 2019 AGILE Award from AIChE President Kimberly Ogden.

Beshouri Receives AIChE's Award for Government and Industry Leaders

April 1, 2019

Sharon Beshouri, President of Shell Global Solutions (U.S.), Inc., has received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award. She set the stage for the conference with her welcome keynote lecture entitled “Embracing Transitions Today: Assuring a Robust Future Tomorrow.”

International Women's Day 2019

March 8, 2019

A look back at achievements for women in the past year at AIChE and in the chemical engineering community, and an eye on the future.

The Good Food Institute: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Allison Berke, Liz Specht, and Elliot Swartz of the Good Food Institute, and learn more about the development of plant-based and cell-based meat products.

How to Start a Young Professionals Local Section

Archived Webinar
Jan 19, 2017
The AIChE Young Professionals Committee shares information on how a recent graduate from college or a young professional AIChE member can start an AIChE local section in their area. This webinar...

Working Abroad: A Discussion

Archived Webinar
Nov 10, 2015
Daniel Sujo and Experience Nduagu speak about their experiences immigrating for work, and share advice for those both working abroad or who have teammates from other countries.

AIChE Fellows - Who, Why & How?

Archived Webinar
Jul 23, 2015
John P. O'Connell tells of this history and criteria of the AIChE Fellow membership class, and hosts a panel of Fellows to speak about becoming a Fellow...

Look Who's 213: The DuPont Story

Archived Webinar
Apr 23, 2015
One of the oldest companies in the world, DuPont has invented thousands of materials, played critical roles in both World Wars, and has indirectly saved the lives with its aramid fibers, Nomex®...

How the Chemical Engineer Will Shape the 21st Century

Archived Webinar
Dec 2, 2008
The current global economic meltdown, along with imbalances in energy ecology and equity, imply that the fundamental backbone of the global industrial world needs reinventing. This reinvention must...

Developing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2008
How can engineers and scientists best influence and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders? How can we reach out to the K-12 community to create mentoring programs that develop student...

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