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Stevens Institute of Technology to Host 2012 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference

Hoboken, NJ – The Stevens Institute of Technology Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has been chosen to host the 2012 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference, to be held on campus in Walker Gymnasium and Babbio Center from April 13-15, 2012.

AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, Merck, the AIChE and AIChE ScaleUp Sponsors, the Regional Student Conference  provides the opportunity for approximately 300 chemical engineering students from 35 Mid-Atlantic universities to come together to share technical knowledge, vie for prizes, network with each other, and meet with industry professionals.

“The prestigious honor of hosting this conference is validation of the work and dedication of the AIChE student group we have here at Stevens,” said Ronald Besser, professor and program chair of Chemical Engineering and faculty advisor to Stevens Student Chapter of the AIChE. “I couldn’t be more thrilled with their efforts to get the word out that Stevens is the place to do chemical engineering, as an undergraduate, graduate, or even potential faculty member or industry partner.”

The highlight of the conference will be the Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, in which teams design and construct a vehicle that is powered with a chemical energy source that will carry a specified cargo load to a given distance and then come to a stop. Another highlight will be the Regional Student Paper Competition, where undergraduates present cutting-edge chemical engineering research. Winning entries in both competitions will be awarded prize money and invited to compete at the 2012 AIChE National Student Conference.

Another component of the conference is workshops from distinguished members of the chemical engineering community. All attendees, presenters, sponsors and judges will also be invited to a unique banquet and boat cruise around New York Harbor on the maiden voyage of an innovative vessel powered by hydrogen fuel. 

Confirmed judges and speakers for the conference include: AIChE President David Rosenthal; representatives from ExxonMobil, Merck and DuPont; Stevens Chemical Engineering alumni from the past three decades; and members of AIChE’s Young Professionals Advisory Board.

The Stevens Student Chapter of the AIChE has participated in numerous past regional events, entering vehicles into the Chem-E-Car Competition and having members place in the Student Paper Competition at the regional and national level. However, this is the first time Stevens has served as host school of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference, one of nine area conferences that take place each year across the country.

“Hosting the Regional Student Conference is a great way to showcase the Stevens chemical engineering program and campus while also promoting our name within the industry and region,” said Owen Jappen, President of the Stevens Student Chapter of the AIChE. “It’s also an opportunity for our chapter members to work on a team to complete a complex, large-scale project, which is excellent experience to get before you enter the workforce.”

The 2012 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference is currently open for registration.

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Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at and