Societal Impact


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.

Imagine what all of us can do.

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.

AIChE #GivingTuesday – All for Good

November 28, 2017

Your #GivingTuesday, All for Good gift will help support a range of programs for students, young professionals, women, underrepresented minority chemical engineers, and K-12.

Lizzy Zimmerman on Taking STEM Education to the Next Level

November 21, 2017

John Cirucci, an AIChE Foundation Trustee, sat down with ChemE senior and AIChE volunteer Lizzy Zimmerman for a chat about her efforts at the University of Iowa, her insights on STEM outreach and her plans for the future.

Fuel the Future of STEM

What would today’s world look like without the contributions of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? It’s almost unfathomable.

Check Out A Foundation Supported Session at Annual

Thanks to the generous support of our loyal donors to the Annual Fund, the AIChE Foundation sponsored the following sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Attend one or all of the many events and sessions focusing on the positive societal impact made by chemical engine

ADM Host Process Safety Faculty Workshop

Demonstrating their commitment to safety and ethical practice, Archer Daniels Midland Company hosted their 2nd annual - three-day workshop to train university faculty in process safety.

Lifetime Giving Society Renamed to Honor John McKetta

In celebration of John’s 100th birthday on October 17th and in fitting gratitude for all John has done for the Institute and the profession, the AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees Executive Committee has officially renamed the AIChE Cumulative Giving Society to the “John J.

AIChE Foundation Awards Grants to Twelve Distinct Projects

We are pleased to announce that the AIChE Foundation has awarded 12 project grants for the second funding cycle of 2017. Bi-annually, the AIChE Foundation invites Operating Councils and Board Committees to submit funding proposals for impactful projects that further the Foundation’s Do

Dow is Doing Good & Exceeding Expectations

For the second year in a row, Dow hosted a highly successful Faculty Workshop in Freeport, TX. On June 12 - 15th, 21 faculty members from 19 different universities were trained in process safety, part of the Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative (UPSLI). 

The ChE in Context: Members Will Shape AIChE’s Climate Change Policy

The ChE in Context
Mary Ellen Ternes, Phillip R. Westmoreland
In the eight months since the U.S. Presidential election, AIChE and its Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) have received many calls for action to expand AIChE’s climate change policy. As evidenced by many threads in the AIChE Engage...

Scott D. Love: Being the Best Process Engineer You Can Be

Earlier this fall and at the Spring meeting, the AIChE Foundation had a chance to sit down with Scott Love and learn more about how his passion for process engineering and how AIChE can help raise awareness about what process engineers bring to the table.

Educating the next generation of chemical engineers

AIChE and the Center for Chemical Process Safety, (CCPS) conducted a two-day Mini-Process Safety Boot Camp with chemical engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley on April 2-3, 2016.

Disability Unity Community Convocation

In Fall 2016, AIChE’s ChemEs with Disabilities Task Force, an offshoot of the Institute’s Societal Impact Operating Council, extended its outreach across professional disciplines at a Disability Unity Community Convocation.

A Remarkable Year of Empowering Good

In 2016, the AIChE Foundation advanced its mission to make the world a better and safer place through chemical engineering. Thanks to our generous supporters we are demonstrating our dedication to doing
a world of good.

Cargill: On a Journey To Do A World of Good

Process Safety Management is certainly not new to Cargill.  However, according to Cargill’s Vice President for Environment Health & Safety, Al Johnson, “Collaborating with CCPS/AIChE on this recent Faculty Workshop, is one of the significant ways we are expanding our ongoing co

Archer Daniels Midland Doing a World of Good by Educating the Educators

On July 26th, 24 chemical engineering faculty members from 20 universities joined process safety leaders from ADM and the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) in Decatur, Ill, for a three day workshop to learn first-hand the process safety challenges ADM and the industry face.&nbs

Shaping Students into Future Leaders

Over the last few years, the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division has hosted annual K-12 OutReach Programs in San Antonio, New Orleans, Austin and Chicago. They have touched the lives of thousands of high school and middle school students.

John W. Prados, A well-deserved honor

The AIChE Foundation congratulates John W. Prados on receiving the honor bestowed upon him by the University of Tennessee as the inaugural member of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Hall of Fame.

Announcing Doing a World of Good Campaign Co-Chairs

The AIChE Foundation announces Jim Fitterling, president and chief operating officer of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), and John Y. Televantos, partner at Arsenal Capital Partners, as co-chairs of the Doing a World of Good campaign. 

Gerald Lessells

In 1968, Gerry Lessells initiated AIChE's effort to raise the profile of minority engineers in the Institute and the profession.

2015 WIC Travel Grant Award Winners

Enabling more women to attend an AIChE conference provides a valuable opportunity to advance their professional development via networking, shared resources, and increased visibility within AIChE and the profession.

Sangtae Kim

The AIChE Foundation met with Sangtae “Sang” Kim, AIChE Trustee and Fellow, to discuss his passion for chemical engineering, philanthropy, and the Eureka moment he had last year which solved a 140 year-old problem in fluid mechanics.

Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Attendees at AIChE’s 2015 Annual Meeting helped plan the next-steps in the Institute’s work to advance inclusiveness in chemical engineering profession, at a summit devoted to better serving the Institute’s multi-faceted membership.

Peter Schwalbenberg

The AIChE Foundation caught up with Peter Schwalbenberg, AIChE young professional to discuss his profession, personal aspirations and involvement in the Institute.

Interviews with Pioneers of Diversity

Interviews with some of MAC’s most prominent leaders and advocates: James Wei, Henry Brown, Otis Shelton, Lance Collins, Christine Grant, and Gerry Lessells.

2015 AIChE Annual Student Conference in Salt Lake City with Peter Lederman, AIChE Foundation Chair

2015 International Travel Grant Awardees

This year, thanks to the generous support of donors, the AIChE Foundation provided travel grants that enabled 8 Interntional Student Leaders to attend the 2015 Annual Student Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

AIChE is pleased to have invited the following grant recipients:

In Memory of Edgar Efren Pagan Ortiz

Edgar Efren Pagan Ortiz, 56, of Cary, NC, formerly of Ponce, Puerto Rico, passed away, Saturday, November 7, 2015 at WakeMed in Apex. Edgar was a longtime member of AIChE for thirty-five years.

Leading the Way to a Safer World

The 2015 AIChE Gala raised more than $600,000 and celebrated CCPS's 30th anniversary by honoring leaders in process safety and their respective companies. Funds raised at the gala will help advance process safety knowledge and expertise of chemical engineering graduates worldwide.

Jackie Ying

Jackie Ying is Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and a Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, at MIT.

The AIChE Foundation had an opportunity to chat with Jackie about her profession and how AIChE has played a part.

Kristala L. Jones Prather

Kristala L. Jones Prather is an Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Head, Prather Research Group, at MIT. The AIChE Foundation caught up with Kristala to discuss her profession, research, and involvement in AIChE.

Dr. Rajeev Gautam

Dr. Rajeev Gautam is President and CEO at UOP, a Honeywell Company.

AIChE Foundation: What is it about chemical engineering that you’re most passionate about?

Chemical Professionals with Disabilities Discuss Their Experiences

February 6, 2017

Past AIChE president Bill Byers sat down with Disability Convocation participants prior to the session for a discussion. Among other questions, he asked participants to discuss their experience with a disability and the role it has played in their career.


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