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May 5th, 2014
Submitted by Giselle Schlegel On Wednesday April 2nd at Tulane University, more than 160 students from three high schools in the New Orleans area gathered to listen and learn from practicing chemical engineers during the AIChE high school outreach event as part of the Spring Meeting. Students had the chance to hear from a variety of seasoned professionals about the work, challenges and rewards that encompass the chemical engineering profession. The students heard from professionals and academics from Tulane, UOP Honeywell, and Valero Energy Company. The speakers shared with the students what led them to select chemical engineering as a career choice, the passion they have for their jobs, and the benefits of a chemical engineering degree, such as the chance to make an impact on society and the opportunity to travel around the world. The discussions continued with questions from the students about daily life as an engineer and what requirements are necessary for acceptance into a college program. The schools then selected two representatives from each high school to participate in a friendly competition where students took turns guessing what engineering discipline has the knowledge to solve each problem description. The game, with enthusiastic participation from the audience, went to a tiebreaker, and all students undoubtedly finished with a greater understanding of the diverse fields that a chemical engineer could influence. Prizes were awarded to participating students and to each high school.