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5,000 Chemical Engineers Expected to Convene at San Francisco Conference Offering 700 Sessions

fpbe-global_biologicalengineering-health-drug-experiment-lab-istock_000016517933xsmallAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers event will explore opportunities in  manufacturing, bioengineering, energy; diversity in the workforce.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers will explore new horizons in the chemical engineering profession and the pivotal roles chemical engineers are playing in addressing global challenges at the Institute’s 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, Nov. 13-18.

Held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the Parc 55 San Francisco and the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, the 2016 Annual Meeting will delve into emerging areas of practice and new modes of learning, with in-depth presentations in more than 700 sessions across 22 program tracks. Experts in virtually every facet of chemical engineering will discuss the latest research and technologies in areas from bioengineering to nanotechnology.

June Wispelwey, AIChE executive director said, “This year’s Annual Meeting is enhanced with an assortment of new and exciting updates, in keeping with the expanding range of occupations and specializations within the chemical engineering profession. This robust schedule reflects the dynamic ways that today’s chemical engineers work, collaborate and learn.”

With its emphasis on technical innovation and the professional growth of chemical engineers, AIChE’s Annual Meeting is the foremost educational forum for chemical engineers working in research and development. Organizers expect more than 5,000 engineers, scientists and business leaders to attend the 2016 meeting to acquire insight into developments in the field’s growth areas and connect with fellow industry professionals.

In addition to the meeting’s 10 topical conferences, three conferences will debut this year including: the global grand challenges at the nexus of energy, water and food production; process intensification; and a Bay Area Biotechnology Topical Conference, spotlighting the region’s industries.

These programs will be supplemented by established topical conferences that present the latest intelligence in nanotechnology and nanomaterials (including environmental aspects and energy applications), advanced systems for fossil energy usage, innovations in green process engineering for sustainable energy and the environment, and sensors, as well as the annual meeting of the AES Electrophoresis Society.

As the chemical engineering field becomes more diverse, so do the people in it. AIChE’s work to ensure a truly inclusive profession and Institute continues at several Annual Meeting sessions, including a Safe Zone Workshop for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) engineers and their allies on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

For engineers living with disabilities, a ChEs with Disabilities Forum and Reception will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, with a follow-up Disability Unity Community Convocation on Tuesday.

The Annual Meeting provides a myriad of professional development opportunities for AIChE members at all career stages. A Career Services Workshop on Monday, Nov. 14, will offer individual career consultations, as well as talks on preparing effective research poster presentations and working with publishers. Meeting registrants are invited to attend a recruitment fair on Sunday, Nov. 13, featuring representatives from companies and graduate schools.

At the Annual Student Conference, Nov. 11–14, more than 1,500 undergraduates from 100 schools worldwide will participate in career workshops, scholarly and intercollegiate competitions, a recruitment fair and networking events.

For information about conference registration and an up-to-date schedule of events, visit www.aiche.org/annual.

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