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K-12 Initiative

The K-12 initiative leverages AIChE's Volunteer Base 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.

Your Career as a Volunteer

April 4, 2013

There are many opportunities in the workplace and beyond for volunteering that can enrich your career and your life. Read about how other chemical engineers are contributing and making a difference.

Drexel University AIChE Members Support Educational Outreach

March 11, 2013

Drexel University AIChE members recently shared their enthusiasm for math and science through the Lindy Scholars program, teaching a science lesson to seventh grade students from three west Philadelphia schools. Read more about their experience.

Biohacking: Should Biotechnology Be Available to the Masses?

January 22, 2013

Biologist Ellen Jorgensen wonders, "We have personal computing, why not personal biotech?" So she and her colleagues decided to opened Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology.

Science Is for Everyone, Kids Included!

January 4, 2013

In this TEDTalk, Beau Lotto and one of the world's youngest published scientists (Amy O'Toole) share their findings and their passion for learning.

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.

Environmental Division Pittsburgh Service Project

October 25, 2012

Join your fellow AIChE members and the local Pittsburgh community on Sunday morning of the Annual Meeting--share a great experience protecting important ecosystems and promoting local food sourcing in our host city!

AIChE Minority Affairs Committee Scholarship Fund

July 15, 2012

The Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) and the AIChE Foundation are working together to support the Minority Affairs Committee Scholarship Fund. This fund promotes activities that encourage the education and training of minorities in engineering and related disciplines through student scholarships and mentoring programs.

Houston: Encouraging the Next Generation of Chemical Engineers

May 16, 2012

During AIChE’s Spring Meeting in Houston, TX, eight meeting attendees visited Booker T. Washington High School to speak with students about chemical engineering. Booker T. Washington is a magnet school for the engineering professions in the Houston Independent School District.

Happy Engineers Week 2012!

February 21, 2012

This week is the 61st National Engineers Week, a time to reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of our profession, as well as a time to plan for its future through outreach and awareness campaigns.

Rocky Mountain K-12 Outreach in Action!

December 2, 2011

Greetings from the Rocky Mountain Section of AIChE! Since our section covers a lot of territory, it makes sense that several different types of outreach projects exist throughout the region. We encourage new members and young professionals to lead similar efforts and take the time to share their efforts as well! Following, we highlight two of our outreach efforts.

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.

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.

Career Day at Chem Show

November 3, 2011

As part of support activities for students and young professionals, the Metro New York local section organized a Career Day on November 1, 2011. It took place in tandem with AIChE's Northeast Regional Conference at the Chem Show.

Keynote speaker, Anthony Fasano spoke on the major elements involved in creating an extraordinary engineering career.

Cocoa, Kids, and Chemical Engineering – A Sweet Combination

September 28, 2011

The “What in the World” (WITW) program for fifth and sixth graders was started in 1996 by the Lancaster and Lebanon (PA) Science and Technology Alliance (LLSTA). I have personally been involved with it for the last five years. This vocational program is designed to help students understand why they need to study and do well in math and science.

From Soda Bottle to Solar Light Bulb

September 23, 2011

Demi (aka Solar Demi), who comes from a very small village in the Philippines, came up with a solution to bring light to his village by turning a soda bottle into a light bulb.

K-12 Outreach – ChE’s Giving Back

August 8, 2011

AIChE, through its Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC), wants to establish a community of its members who are interested in using K-12 outreach as a way to spread the message about the positive impact that chemical engineers have on society, and about the great career opportunities that exist in our profession.

On Outreach

July 15, 2010


I'll admit it. I'm a person who gets bored... very easily.

Leadership Q&A: Keep the Long-Term in Mind

May
2016
Leadership Q&A
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, talks to CEP about his strategy for leading one of the largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies in the world. In 2010–2011, faced with significant debt and soft demand, the company had to restructure and cut costs. Emerging from those dark times, LyondellBasell is now focused on growth and expanding its operations where it has a competitive advantage.

The Standing of Women in Academia

August
2003
Special Section
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.

Great Companies for Women Engineers

September
2003
Career Catalyst
Cynthia F. Mascone
The keys to building a talented workforce: benefits that enable employees to balance their work and personal lives; stimulating and challenging assignments; and a culture that allows all employees to reach their full potential.

Where is the Chemical Engineering Industry Headed?

January
2007
Special Section
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?

Educational Perspective on the Future of Chemical Engineering

January
2007
Special Section
James T. Cobb Jr., Gary K. Patterson, S. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Diversification, globalization, emerging technologies...Times have certainly changed for chemical engineers. But, has the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum kept pace?

A Rich and Diverse History

January
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
This look at the continuing evolution of chemical engineering starts with reflections on the past.

CEP: YPOV - K-12 Outreach: It’s Fun and Beneficial to Your Career

November
2014
YPOV
Colin Young
I have been involved in K-12 outreach for the past five years and have worked with students of all ages — from first graders to high school seniors. For me, outreach has been both personally and professionally rewarding. Through outreach, I have gained some valuable skills, which I think every engineer, especially young engineers, can benefit from.

Expanding Horizons

August
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
Pursuing a wide variety of career options, chemical engineers continue to reinvent the profession.

CEP: Institute News

June
2015
Institute News
Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety Highlights; AIChE’s 2014 Financial Statements; Your AIChE Membership — Leadership Opportunities; Diversity Workshop Sets Agenda for Summit at Annual Meeting

Women ChEs Make Progress Toward Equity

August
2003
Special Section
Irene Kim
Women in the chemical engineering profession are gaining equality -- to varying degrees -- in numbers, salary and worklife environment.

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