AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Who is AIChE?

AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a professional organization for chemical engineers. AIChE was founded in 1908 to distinguish chemical engineers as professionals independent of chemical and mechanical engineers.

Currently, AIChE has more than 60,000 members from more than 110 countries. There are more than 350 active student sections in universities worldwide. Student sections provide networking opportunities in academia and industry and increase student involvement at the local and national levels.

AIChE Technical Divisions and Forums

Divisions and forums provide technical information, programs for AIChE's technical meetings, and awards and recognition for outstanding chemical engineers in their fields. They also provide opportunities for collaboration with top engineers in the general disciplines and in emerging fields such as biotechnology and sustainability.

List of the divisions and forums..

  • Computational molecular science and engineering forum (CoMSEF)
  • Computer and systems engineering division (CAST)
  • Department of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE)
  • Environmental division (ENV)
  • Food, pharmaceutical and bioengineering division (FP&BE)
  • Forest Products Division (FP)
  • Fuels & Petrochemicals Division (F&P)
  • Materials Engineering & Sciences Division (MESD)
  • Nanoscale Science Engineering Forum (NSEF)
  • North American mixing forum (NAMF)
  • Nuclear Engineering Division (NE)
  • Particle technology forum (PTF)
  • Process Development Division (PD)
  • Safety and Health Division (S&H)
  • Separations Division (SEP)
  • Sustainable Engineering Forum (SEF)
  • Transportation and Energy Processes Division (TEP)

Joint initiatives with industry, academia and others

As new technology is developed, there is a need for collaboration among experts to achieve common goals. The AIChE plays an important role through joint initiatives with industry, academia and others.

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS): CCPS is a non-profit business organization within AIChE dedicated to process safety in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. It is a technology alliance of manufacturers, government agencies, consultants, academics and insurers dedicated to improving industrial process safety. CCPS has developed more than 100 publications relevant to process safety.

Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS): DIERS was founded in 1976 by a group of 29 companies that developed methods for the design of emergency relief systems to deal with runaway reactions. Currently, 232 companies participate in the DIERS Users Group to jointly implement, maintain and improve the DIERS methodology for the design of emergency relief systems, including reactive systems.

Design Institute for Physical Properties (DIPPR): DIPPR collects, correlates and evaluates critical thermophysical and environmental property data. When needed property values cannot be found in the literature, they can be measured in DIPPR projects and then added to DIPPR databases. DIPPR disseminates its information in publications, computer programs and databases on diskettes and online.

Safety and Education for Chemical Engineers (SACHE): The SAChE program, started in 1992, is an initiative of the CCPS and technical universities to provide teaching materials on process safety for training undergraduate and graduate students in chemical and biochemical engineering. The materials can also be used for training in industrial settings. The SAChE leadership committee includes representatives from academia and industry as well as staff from the AIChE.

Institute for Sustainability (IFS): The mission of the IFS is to assist professionals, academics, industries and government agencies that contribute to the advancement of sustainability and sustainable development. The primary goal of the IFS is to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of sustainable and green engineering.

AIChE’s Institute for Learning and Innovation provides students and professionals the opportunity to learn and innovate through education, practice and discovery.


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