Last year, I wrote about my involvement in the marching band, so this year, I thought that I would discuss something a little different for my favorite student involvement.  The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a national organization for chemical engineers to network, share ideas, and connect with one another.  USC has a chapter on its campus, and I have been a member for the last two years.

AIChe-USC logo

I am not going to say that I have been the most active member, but I really do enjoy going to different AIChe events throughout the year.  My freshmen year, I went to lecture given by a professor from the Middle East talking about his biofuel research.  I also went to a session with a representative from Southern California Edison, where he discussed the company and internship opportunities.


Last year, the president of AIChe was Anastasia Barge, who is a former VSA. The best event I went to last year was a info session given by the US Nuclear Navy.  They discussed one of their programs where they pay for a student’s tuition to get their engineering degree and then you go work for the navy doing nuclear engineering work.  It was really interesting.  You can check out their programs here.


I really hope to get more involved in AIChe this year.  It’s a great organization to be a part of and there are so many neat things to do.  If you are interested in hearing what AIChe is like from a perspective of a board member, check out Lyssa’s post on AIChe here.


You can check out the AIChe – USC website here, and the national website here.


Finally, you can check out my blog post from last year – My Favorite Student Involvement – USC Trojan Marching Band.



I am a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering, with a biochemical emphasis. I am originally from Sacramento, CA. I am in the USC Marching Band enjoy playing playing trombone. I also enjoy hiking and road biking.