American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Relevant categories: CH, EC, MN, and GE.
Founded in 1908, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a nonprofit organization providing leadership to the chemical engineering profession. Representing 55,000 members in industry, academia, and government, AIChE provides forums to advance the theory and practice of the profession, upholds high professional standards and ethics, and supports excellence in education. Institute members range from undergraduate students, to entry-level engineers, to chief executive officers of major corporations. Fields of specialization include refining, petrochemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, textiles, pulp and paper, ceramics, electronic components and chemicals, biotechnology, environmental control and clean-up, and safety engineering.
AIChE headquarters is located in the United Engineering Center, 345 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017-2395 (telephone 212-705-7338 or 1-800-242-4363). The New York Office employs a staff of approximately 100. Glenn Taylor is the executive director. The Institute also maintains an office in Washington, DC.
AIChE is governed by Council, a 17-member board consisting of 5 national officers (who make up the Executive Committee) and 12 elected national directors. The 1997 Executive Committee is: Thomas F. Edgar, president; Vern W. Weekman, vice president (president-elect for 1998); Connie Carroll, secretary; John Prados, treasurer; and Basil C. Doumas, past president. Council supervises a network of groups addressing specific needs of the membership and the profession. These groups include:
- 110 Local Sections throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, plus The Netherlands and Belgium, Alberta, Canada, and Saudi Arabia. Sections sponsor activities of interest to members in their particular area. They are the "grassroots" of AIChE.
- 13 Divisions focusing on the technical areas in which chemical engineers work, including fuels and petrochemicals, advanced materials, and biotechnology.
- 26 Standing Committees that work to further the objectives of the Institute, both internally and through outreach efforts.
- 147 Student Chapters and 14 Student Clubs on campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria, and Hong Kong, offering undergraduates a chance to learn more about their chosen profession.
Go to Return to Directory of Technical Societies.
Go to TechExpo Homepage.