December 1, 2008 — The University of Virginia student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers was recently recognized as one of the nation's 15 outstanding chapters for 2008. The award is given annually to chapters that show an exceptional level of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism and involvement in the university and community.
The U.Va chapter is an active student-run organization in the School of Engineering and Applied Science that promotes the professional development of its members along with the development of chemical engineering at U.Va. The group hosts events for its members and builds relationships with other student chapters, the national organization, and the faculty and staff of the chemical engineering department. The group also contributes to the local community through its service branch, "Wahoo Wizards."
Leaders of the U.Va. chapter this year are fourth-year student Jim Rome, president; third-year student Jackie Krupa, vice president of operations; third-year student Matthew Christian, vice president of service; fourth-year student Janill Castillo, treasurer; and fourth-year student Katie Toscano, secretary.
"We have fun and we work hard in this organization to make the experience of studying chemical engineering at U.Va. the best experience possible," Rome said. "This year we will travel to national conferences, host guest speakers, tour chemical company plants, work in local schools to spark interest in science and organize 'ChemE Semi,' which is an annual dinner and dance."
Said Robert J. Davis, chairman of the chemical engineering department, "Our undergraduates are enthusiastic about their chosen profession, their school and their department, and the above and beyond efforts they make are acknowledged by this award."
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a national organization that seeks to promote excellence in chemical engineering education and global practice, advancement of the development and exchange of relevant knowledge and enhancement of the lifelong career development of chemical engineers. It encourages collaborative efforts between industry, universities, government and professional societies, and advocacy of public policy that embraces sound technical and economic information.