The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional organization for chemical engineers. AIChE was established in 1908 with the purpose of establishing chemical engineers as a profession independent from chemists and mechanical engineers.
Our Mission Statement The mission of the AIChE student chapter at UCI is to promote excellence in the Chemical Engineering Department of the UCI School of Engineering by providing resources and support to the undergraduate students so that they can succeed academically and advance professionally.
AIChE's Vision is to provide value as:
The global leader of the chemical engineering profession.
The lifetime center for professional and personal growth.
The foremost catalyst in applying chemical engineering expertise in meeting societal needs.
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How can I get involved? Click HERE to sign up for free national membership as a student. AIChE National has a lot of resources for you to learn about chemical engineering, get certified for safety or other online training, network with other professionals, and celebrate being a chemical engineer!
If you would like to join the UCI AIChE chapter, just attend any AIChE event, find a board member to talk to, and we will go from there! Membership options include: $25 for full year membership, $30 for full year membership plus T-Shirt, or a $10 per quarter option. This will cover a variety of expenses including the cost of food, rides to social events, and field trips.
AIChE History: In 1908 a small group of chemical engineers formed a professional society to promote and improve chemical engineering as a discipline. At first this group, called the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) met with strong resistance, especially from the American Chemical Society (ACS), which claimed control over all pure and applied chemistry in the United States. In response AIChE adopted a number of conservative measures, including strict membership criteria to keep membership low and avoid competition with ACS. Nonetheless the value of AIChE was realized by the entire discipline in 1925, when chemical engineering became the first profession to use scholastic accreditation to ensure the consistency and quality of academic chemical engineering courses. The conservative attitude paid off when peace was made between ACS and AIChE around 1930. The membership criteria were lifted and chemical engineers joined in droves.