How One Professor Is Teaching Separations Science

Natacha Souto-Melgar, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Arkansas (U of A), enjoys teaching and encouraging her students to be passionate about separations science. “I like to motivate others,” she says. Souto-Melgar recently received the AIChE Separations Division Education and Outreach Award, which grants up to $5,000 to support educational initiatives that drive learning in the field of separations. With this grant, she plans to buy the equipment to

Surviving Self-Quarantine: 3 Tips from an Astronaut

As millions of citizens around the world hunker down in their homes to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, many struggle with the emotional and physical toll of isolation. When separated from friends, family, and coworkers, it can be difficult not to feel bored, lonely, or restless. Al Sacco, a chemical engineer and astronaut, was isolated in orbit on the International Space Station, and he has some sage advice for those currently sheltering in place.

Polymers and Textiles: You Are What You Wear

Polymers and textiles are an integral part of society. What we wear and what our clothing can do for us has helped define humanity for most of history. Clothing serves many purposes — fashion, protection from the elements, warmth, and identification. It is often an indicator of gender, social status, or religion, and is a powerful means of self-expression. Today, technology in this sphere is rapidly evolving. How we manufacture polymers and textiles is changing for the better.

The Caltech 6: America’s First and Only All-Female Class of ChEs

The lives of six women reflect how far we have come, and how much further we have to go. On an unseasonably warm late-October day in Pittsburgh, PA, Rosemarie Wesson took the stage at AIChE’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Under the muted glow of a dozen spotlights, she told the story of six women who entered the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2001. Four years later, they would become the first and only all-female chemical engineering class to graduate from any American coed college.