Chemical engineers will gather for a conference featuring a broad technical program and distinguished speakers, November 7-11 in Boston; November 15-19 online


American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Highlights a Diverse and Evolving Profession; innovations in energy, healthcare, biotechnology, materials, manufacturing

New York, NY, October 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) presents the critical roles chemical engineers play in addressing societal and industrial challenges at the organization’s 2021 annual meeting , which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from November 7 to 11, and as a virtual event, from November 15 to 19.

Chemical engineering researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world will gather at the conference, where they will explore the latest developments in the field and opportunities to apply chemical engineering expertise to help solve the problems of energy, manufacturing, healthcare and resource sustainability – to name some of the topics on the agenda.

In addition to the fundamentals of chemical engineering, the conference will look at new areas of research and application. A new thematic conference will explore the hardware interfaces that meet energy needs, with sessions focusing on solar energy, hydrogen storage, electro- and photo-catalysis, separations, etc. Another new conference examines innovations in efficient and sustainable process engineering for product design and production. Other updated thematic conferences address challenges related to plastic waste, the professional skills of chemical engineers, as well as intersectionality and inclusiveness in the workforce.

Return thematic conferences present innovation in chemical engineering. These include breakthroughs in synthetic and renewable fuels, microbes at biomedical interfaces, data science applications to molecules and materials, sensors, entrepreneurship, and contributions to solving the COVID-pandemic. 19. The Next-Generation Manufacturing conference integrates topics related to Industry 4.0, process intensification, smart manufacturing and cybersecurity. These topics and many others will be developed during more than 750 technical sessions.

To the partner Annual student conference (in person, November 5-8; virtual November 13-14), undergraduate chemical engineering students will participate in career workshops, college competitions, and networking events. Highlights include a welcome speech by Paul Mensah, Vice President of Biotherapeutic Pharmaceutical Science at Pfizer; a research poster session; a recruitment fair; and the 23rd edition of the AIChE Chem-E-Car signature competition. Additionally, during the Virtual K-12 STEM Showcase, undergraduates and chemical engineering professionals will introduce the principles of chemical engineering to an online audience.

With a focus on technical innovation and professional growth for chemical engineers, the AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers working in research and development. Organizers expect more than 5,000 professional engineers, scientists and business leaders to attend the meeting to gain insight into areas of growth in the field and connect with other professionals.

Special events:

• Theme: Building the Bridge in 21st Century Education: Chemical Engineering Industry + University. The theme of the conference will be unveiled during two round tables on the university-industry partnership. On Monday, November 8, thought leaders from industry and academia will review the undergraduate program and discuss how to best prepare the next generation of chemical engineers to meet the changing needs of the workforce. The second panel, on Tuesday, November 9, examines ways to inspire future entrepreneurs in the profession.

• Hoover Medalists 2020 and 2021 (Monday, November 8): The lectures will be presented by two recipients of the Hoover Medal, an interdisciplinary engineering award that recognizes an engineer for his contribution to humanity. The 2020 winner, William S. Hammack, Lycan Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss his efforts to bring engineering education to the public, evidenced by his radio and internet appearances as an engineer. The 2021 Hoover Medalist is Caton T. Laurencin, University Professor, Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and CEO of the Convergence Institute at the University of Connecticut for translation into regenerative engineering. He is honored for mentoring under-represented engineers and for his work at the political level to promote justice, equity, equity and diversity.

• Langer Prize conference for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence (November 8) will be presented by the recipient of the 2021 scholarship Aditya M. Kunjapur, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, who will discuss his use of synthetic biology to create fuels, chemicals, materials, and therapeutics with enhanced functionality. The session will include remarks by biomedical pioneer Robert S. Langer, professor at the Koch Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

• The Andreas Acrivos Prize for Professional Advancement in Chemical Engineering Conferences (Tuesday 9 November) will be awarded by the recipient of the Acrivos 2020 award from AIChE, David V. Schaffer, Hubbard Howe Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Schaffer’s lecture will describe the directed evolution of novel adeno-associated viral vectors for clinical gene therapy.

• The James E. Bailey Prize Lecture (November 9) is sponsored by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) of AIChE. The 2021 speaker is James j collins, Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. In his talk “Synthetic Biology: Redesigned Life,” Collins will provide an overview of the applications of synthetic biology in biotechnology and medicine.

• SBE Daniel IC Wang Prize Lecture, (November 9) will be presented by William E. Bentley, the Distinguished Robert E. Fischell Chair of Engineering and the First Director of the Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices at the University of Maryland.

• The conference of the John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute (Wednesday 10 November) will be delivered by Arup K. Chakraborty, institute professor and professor of chemical engineering, physics and chemistry at MIT. AIChE’s 73rd speaker, Chakraborty, will discuss the challenges faced in developing effective vaccines against rapidly mutating viruses, and how engineering and life science approaches meet this challenge.

• The William R. Schowalter Lecture (Wednesday, November 10) is named in honor of the pioneer of fluid mechanics Schowalter of Princeton University. The conference will be given by Eric SG Shaqfeh, Professor of Engineering Lester Levi Carter at Stanford University, who will discuss particle suspensions in elastic fluids.

For a full calendar of events and conference registration information, visit

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About AIChE

AIChE is a professional company of more than 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in companies, universities and governments using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for the exchange of information on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in areas such as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology and the safety and security of chemical plants. More information on AIChE is available at

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