ChBE welcomes AIChE 2014 Annual Meeting to Atlanta

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The organization's highest-profile and best-attended annual conference was held in Atlanta for the first time.

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The School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering welcomed the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting to Atlanta Nov. 16-21. This is the first time the organization’s highest-profile and best-attended conference of the year has been held in Atlanta.

More than 1,800 students attended the 2014 Annual Student Conference, making it the largest student conference ever. Key events of the student conference were held at Georgia Tech — the first time these events have taken place on a campus — on Nov. 16.

The popular annual Chem-E-Car Competition took place at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Student groups from many institutions designed and built cars powered by chemical energy sources; the cars must travel a certain distance carrying a specified load. The Georgia Tech Chem-E-Car team was awarded the 2014 Best Use of Biological Reaction to Power Car award in the competition, which was won overall by the University of Utah team.

ChBE also hosted the student conference’s recruiting fair, which featured more than 70 exhibitors from companies and colleges and universities, and held an evening banquet in the Ford Environmental Science and Technology building for academic department heads and other leaders in the field.

On Nov. 14 and 15, before the AIChE Annual Meeting got under way, ChBE held a weekend workshop for graduate students. The Graduate Student Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Creativity was led by members of Georgia Tech’s VentureLab, which was ranked No. 2 in the United States by UBI Index in a 2014 global ranking of university-based business incubators.

AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 45,000 members from more than 100 countries. The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts cover a range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

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PHOTO 1: Celebrating the Georgia Tech Chem-E-Car team’s award for Best Use of Biological Reaction to Power Car are Wendy Smades (from left), chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Safety and Chemical Engineering (SAChE) Committee; Jonathan Pang, team member; Keller Smith, team advisor; Jonathan Slater, team member; Hale Schwerin, team member; Cliff Henderson, team advisor; Victoria Falk, team member; Kellie Heom, team member; Jason Wu, team member; and Robert Hesketh, chair of chemical engineering at Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.).

PHOTO 2: A banner at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport welcomed visitors as they arrived in Atlanta for the meeting.

PHOTO 3: Sven Behrens, associate professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, talks about the school with visitors to the recruiting fair on Nov. 16.

PHOTO 4: Guests mingle at a banquet Nov. 16 in the Ford Environmental Science and Technology building.

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