Over 150 chemical engineering students from 11 different schools across the Rocky Mountain region flocked to BYU from Mar. 22-24 for the annual AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) conference.
Students participated in a variety of events including: the Chem-E Car competition, Chem-E Jeopardy, and the Chem-E research competition. BYU students won first place for the Research paper and Chem-E Jeopardy.
This is the first time BYU has hosted the annual conference in over 10 years due to the large number of schools in the Rocky Mountain region. The conference was in large part planned by the student advisors for the AIChE chapter at BYU, Christian Abbott and Jennah Price. The faculty advisor to the group, David Lignell, also helped with the planning and organization
The weekend conference gave BYU students the chance to get to know students from other schools and share BYU’s campus with those who may have never been here before.
“I was able to make a lot of amazing friends from BYU and from other schools,” said Abbott. “I felt a great sense of accomplishment and excitement sharing the best of BYU with our neighboring chapters, and I absolutely enjoyed watching my classmates succeeding in challenging competitions and solving engineering problems.”
The AIChE conference wasn’t only an opportunity to make friends, but a leadership development opportunity as well.
“For me, the conference was about learning how to work in a team and how to put together a large event,” Price said. “It was an awesome conference, but it required months of planning leading up to and during the conference. I was busy all day and ended the day with 23,000 steps! I had to learn how to make decisions based on limited information in order to move forward.”
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March 29, 2018