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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.
Members of SIOC met in New Orleans to discuss implementation of the group’s new action plan.

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.

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...

Lend a Hand while you’re in Salt Lake City

October 31, 2010
Volunteers Needed to Lead Hands-On Lessons in a Local Middle School AIChE's K-12 Outreach Committee is conducting an on-site learning exercise designed to introduce middle school...

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...
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...

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...

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...

12-Year-Old Wins Chemistry Competition

August 22, 2014
Twelve-year-old Audrey Gallier hasn’t decided what she wants to do when she grows up, but she knows it involves science. And she’s not waiting until college to crack open advanced...

Happy 100th Birthday John McKetta!

October 17, 2015
Today, October 17, 2015, AIChE celebrates the 100th birthday of Dr. John J. McKetta, Jr., Fellow, Trustee, former President of AIChE, and one of the chemical engineering...

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...

AIChE Young Professionals Newsletter: August 2016

August 18, 2016
Issue 3 — August 2016 Welcome to 2016's third edition of the Latest News. This newsletter is brought to you by the Young Professionals Committee News Team and is meant to give you...

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...

Photo Highlights from the 2015 AIChE Gala

November 4, 2015
Raising more than $600,000 in support of the global expansion of process safety education for undergraduates, the event celebrated the 30th Anniversary of CCPS.

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.

Educating Global Chemical Engineers in the 21st Century

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 8:00pm
Chemical engineering thrived in the United States during the 20th century because of the confluence of discoveries in chemistry, innovations in...

Chemical Engineering Careers (focus on environmental consulting)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
The profession of chemical engineering offers multiple, distinct career paths. Although many young professionals entering the professional world will...

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.

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.
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 Co

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?

Jackie Ying

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

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?

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.

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.

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 visib

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.

Dr. Rajeev Gautam

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

Gerald Lessells

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

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.

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.

Peter Schwalbenberg

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

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.

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