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Public Affairs : Chemical Engineering Club attends national conference

Chemical Engineering Club earns recognition at annual conference

Submitted by West Point American Institute of Chemical Engineers Club

Seven cadets from the West Point American Institute of Chemical Engineers Club participated in the AIChE National Student Conference Oct. 26-28 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Class of 2013 Cadets Dan Prior, Sean Fitzgerald, Alex Goldstein and Floren Herrera, and Class of 2015 Cadets Nijel Rogers, Seamus Bann and Reed Pyers had to cut the trip short due to Hurricane Sandy but were able to submit two posters on waste-to-fuel and microbial fuel cells—an Army Reseach Lab project.
Their work was on display, but not part of the judging this year since they were unable to stay and present their work. The cadets were still able to have their posters up for the AIChE National Undergraduate Student Poster competition on Oct. 29, with the assistance of the AIChE Nationals Staff.

During the conference, the national chapter of AIChE recognized Rogers as the West Point Chemical Engineering Club Outstanding Freshman Award Winner for Academic Year 2012 as the most active freshman in the West Point AIChE Cadet Chapter.

In its fifth year as a nationally registered club, AIChE cadets continue to establish themselves at this annual event. The student conference was an excellent program focused on academic achievement, engineering competition, chemical engineering career progression and education.
U.S. Military Academy Cadets Dan Prior, Sean Fitzgerald, Alex Goldstein, Floren Herrera, Nijel  Rogers, Seamus Bann and Reed Pyers traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., to attendthe American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Student Conference Oct. 26-28. Courtesy Photo

Cadets commented on the student workshops they attended and said they learned more about managing an active and engaging student AIChE chapter. They spoke with other student chapter members, learned from the various seminar speakers and interacted with professional chemical engineers throughout the conference.

The club cadets are committed to planning, developing, and building a ChemE Car for a competition in April 2013 with Goldstein in the lead.
To learn more about the West Point AIChE Club, cadets and faculty visit the Department of Chemistry and Life Science website at