The organization that I am most excited to be a part of if the American Institute of Chemical Engineers aka AIChE (we pronounce it ache-y). AIChE is a national organization that has many student chapters at various universities. I started off as the junior class representative of AIChE last year and this year I am the president of our student chapter. This organization promotes the development of chemical engineers both academically and professionally.
AIChE hosts many professional and social events throughout the year. We host many information sessions about various companies to help students learn more about industry. A representative will come to campus to tell us about their industry, their company, job opportunities, etc. And of course there is free food 😛
Since we don’t always want to be thinking about school, we also like to host social events. This month AIChE took a group of people to see the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA. Tomorrow we are going to Little Tokyo for dinner at a yet to be determined restaurant 😛 The social events are a great time to hang out with friends from class and meet other CHE’s that you didn’t already know. It really helps to know your fellow CHE’s. Who knows when you’ll need homework help from them.
My favorite part of my involvement with AIChE is the fact that I got to go to conference! This past weekend I attended the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Student Conference in Minneapolis with 6 others. We got to attend workshops, meet other CHE students, and network with chemical engineering professionals. Meeting professionals was great because they have already done the things I want to do in the future. I got to ask them for advice on looking for jobs and how to use my AIChE membership to its greatest potential.