For the third consecutive year, Brigham Young University has been named an Outstanding Chapter by the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE), ranking in the top ten percent of the 150 nationwide chapters. BYU has received this honor 23 times in the last 31 years.
BYU chemical engineering students and faculty accepted the award at the recent AIChE national conference, which was close to home in Salt Lake City this year. The award is given to student chapters based on member enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism, level of participation and involvement in the university and community.
“We have an amazing council of 15 students that takes their job seriously,” said Nicholas Lewis, BYU chapter president and senior in chemical engineering. “We help to host one of the best career fairs in the nation, have monthly guest lectures and field trips, and participate in the larger community through an outreach program and Sub-4-Santa initiative.”
The award was presented by national AIChE President Cheryl Tieche and was accepted by Lewis and Dr. David Lignell, one of the chapter’s faculty advisors.
“I am very proud of our officers,” said Dr. William Hecker, another faculty advisor for BYU AIChE. “They are truly serving altruistically with little thought for themselves, but rather thinking about what is best for the students. They have worked really hard to find opportunities for all the students to get internships and jobs.”
More than 60 BYU AIChE chapter members attended this year's conference, where they participated in workshops on technical subjects and professional skills, the Chem-E Jeopardy competition, the awards ceremony, a recruitment fair, and the Chem-E Car Competition.