ASEE ChED Newsletter – June 2024 – Conference Edition

 A Message from the Outgoing Chair

Reg Rogers,
ChED Chair, 2023-2024

Dear ASEE Chemical Engineering Division,

Summer has arrived!  And that means it is time for the ASEE Annual Meeting and Exposition. Look forward to a fun time well spent in Portland thanks to the efforts of Program Chair Sarah WilsonProgram Co-Chair Chris Barr, Local Arrangements Chair Adam Lambert, and the scholarship of our authors presenting their work. If you haven’t already made your plans to participate, perhaps the schedule of sessions plus special events (starting page 4) will entice you to make a last-minute trip to beautiful Portland the Pacific Northwest!

In addition to the aforementioned conference information, we have more news of importance. Our elections were recently concluded resulting in some terrific additions to your Division leadership (see page 2). As a bonus for those attending, you’ll have the opportunity to meet those officers (and other members) that you don’t already know. While the scholarly aspect of our meeting is important, I have always believed that the opportunity to engage with our colleagues was the real value-add of attendance. So do not hesitate to reach out and meet a few new people while at the conference.

And if you are excited to get involved with Division activities, we have a range of chances for you to do so. Some are elected positions, and some are appointed. Plus, we’re always interested in supporting our colleagues with ideas we can help make a reality. Just come to our business meeting on Monday of the Conference or reach out to any of our officers.

This conference also marks the beginning of the end of my service to the Division as your Chair. I am grateful for the chance to serve in this role as our Institutional Leadership continues to address the fiscal challenges faced by ASEE. Despite the constraints of deferred financial resources, we’ve still been able to plan our banquet (thanks again Sarah!), award our recognitions (thanks committee co-chairs Margot Vigeant and Ashlee Ford Versypt and our many reviewers), and execute our conference plan. 

In the midst of continued challenges, I have been highly impressed at how our community continues to respond to those adversities. Our commitment to growing the ChED community continues to be, and always will be, a hallmark of why I enjoy being a part of ASEE.  Because of our shared commitment to our students and each other (and the leadership resulting from that commitment), ASEE and the ChED will continue to grow stronger in the years to come.

I am honored to be able to turn leadership of this Division over to the very capable Janie Brennan as incoming Chair and Taryn Bayles as incoming Chair-Elect at the end of the month.  I know Janie and Taryn will leave their mark in service through their leadership. 

I look forward to seeing many of you in Portland!

Reg Rogers
2023-2024 ASEE ChED Chair

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