Founded in 1908, AIChE (the American Institute of Chemical Engineers) is a professional association of 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work for corporations, universities and government agencies, using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. While headquartered in New York City, AIChE established an office in Singapore in January, 2014.
AIChE’s founders believed there was a critical need for an organization to “promote excellence in the development and practice of chemical engineering.” That mission was based on a commitment not only to a fledgling profession, but to industry. Over the years, the Institute’s mission has expanded. In addition to promoting excellence in chemical engineering education and global practice, AIChE now stimulates collaborative efforts among industry, universities, government and professional societies; advocates public policy that embraces sound technical and economic information; facilitates public understanding of technical issues; and upholds professional ethics and standards.
AIChE is governed by a Board of 17 officers and directors elected by its members. These leaders are frequently senior corporate managers or distinguished academics. There are also hundreds of local sections and student chapters to serve chemical engineers at the grassroots, and 22 divisions and forums that focus on advancing specific areas of technology. The staff is led by Executive Director June Wispelwey.
In keeping with this mission, AIChE incubates high-tech knowledge centers, including its Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), established in 2004. SBE has sponsored a number of international conferences that serve the pharmaceutical community and other life science constituencies, with several held in Singapore. AIChE also is home to a Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development and Manufacturing Forum and a Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division.
As far back as 1908, the Institute released its first publication. Over the years, the Institute’s publishing program has grown to include practical, industrially-oriented magazines and journals documenting chemical engineering research and development (including Biotechnology Progress and Bioengineering & Translational Medicine). AIChE’s newest book is Comprehensive Quality by Design for Pharmaceutical Product Development and Manufacture. Today, the Institute has “AIChE Academy,” a major online offering of education and information important to the profession. Of course, AIChE also sponsors a broad range of major meetings that cover the breadth of the profession and draw thousands of attendees from around the world.
One effort that distinguishes AIChE is its sponsorship of research. Among scientific and engineering societies, AIChE has a unique history of bringing companies together, often in cooperation with government agencies, to undertake important, pre-competitive work that no company could effectively do on its own. The consortium to map the genome of the pharmaceutically important Chinese hamster ovary genome is but one example. On other fronts, the Center for Chemical Process Safety has done much to enhance the operating safety of industrial facilities and the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as the tenth member of the network of Manufacturing USA Institutes.
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Lucy Lyudmila Alexander
Engineering Specialist International Programs
AICHE Institute for Sustainability