The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AIChE, was founded in 1908. AIChE is a professional association of more than 50,000 members that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. Its members are creative problem-solvers who use their scientific and technical knowledge to develop processes and design and operate plants to make useful products at a reasonable cost. Chemical engineers are also at the forefront of research to assure the safe and environmentally-sound manufacture, use, and disposal of chemical products. AIChE fosters and disseminates chemical engineering knowledge, supports the professional and personal growth of its members, and applies the expertise of its members to address societal needs throughout the world.
For more information, visit: AIChE (National Chapter).
Alpha Chi Sigma
Alpha Chi Sigma is a co-ed professional chemistry fraternity.
The purpose of Alpha Chi Sigma is reflected in the three objects of the Fraternity, which express the true ideals of all its members.
- To bind its members with a tie of true and lasting friendship.
- To strive for the advancement of chemistry both as a science and as a profession.
- To aid its members by every honorable means in the attainment of their ambitions as chemists throughout their mortal lives.
There is no organization quite comparable to a professional fraternity. Socially, it presents members with the opportunity of meeting those interested in their work. Fraternal bonds are ever so much stronger than professional ones, but there are no bonds as strong as those created through combined fraternal and professional interests. Members of Alpha Chi Sigma, many of whom are leaders in the industrial and scientific world, all share common fraternal ideals. Purely professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers have their place, and Alpha Chi Sigma constantly encourages its members to become active in these organizations. Social fraternities also offer much to the student, but only a professional fraternity and Alpha Chi Sigma is the only national professional chemistry fraternity in the United States--can provide the college student and the professional in chemistry and related fields with the interests and bonds of a fraternity.
Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, was established in 1885 at Lehigh University to honor those engineering students who distinguish themselves both by their scholarship and exemplary character. Notable members of Tau Beta Pi at Virginia Tech include former President Paul Torgersen and Dr. F. W. Stephenson, former Dean of the College of Engineering. The Virginia Beta chapter (Virginia Tech) initiates over one hundred students a year. We organize the College of Engineering's annual Open House, which attracts several hundred high school students. We also sponsor events such as Freshman Freakout, snack packs, and conduct service projects.