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AIChE at Ohio State

The student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)  promotes academic excellence in the field of chemical engineering and provides opportunities for students to connect with one another, department faculty, industry representatives, and the local community.  As such, it opens up opportunities for students who want to broaden their educational experience, expand their knowledge about career opportunities, get practical advice from experience alumni, and otherwise build upon their professional and interpersonal skills.

For more information on how to get involved, please visit AIChE at Ohio State.  

AIChE Undergraduate Awards Program

To recognize and encourage involvement in AIChE and activities which benefit students and the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, AIChE at Ohio State has introduced the AIChE at Ohio State Undergraduate Awards Program.

Students may nominate their chemical engineering peers for the following awards. (Click here and scroll down to access the online nomination form).

Award nominations are due February 15!  Contact your AIChE Officers for more info at

1. Exemplary Service and Leadership Award. For students providing significant leadership and/or service on behalf of their peers and/or department;

2. Outstanding Community Outreach Award. For students whose consistent and impactful activities facilitate an overall sense of belonging and community;

3. Outstanding Support of Undergraduate Education Award. For students who help mentor and/or coach their peers.

Award winners will be recognized at the department's annual Awards Banquet held in the spring.

Be sure to follow the Ohio State Chapter of AIChE on Facebook for updates and announcements!


Chem-E-Car is an AIChE-affiliated competition where student teams from universities/colleges across the country compete against one another to design and create a "car" that is propelled and stopped solely by chemical means (Source: AIChE).  Ohio State's team has performed exceptionally well this year, competing at Regional and National Competitions!

The current car is a pressure car. This team was created in 2016 as a new part of OSU ChemE Car. We make a ChemE Car that runs on pressurized gas. The reaction we used is solid citric acid with baking soda to produced carbon dioxide gas. The gas is stored in multiple storage tanks and is next used to power an air motor at a regulated pressure. The chassis is designed and built by our members, and it includes a custom gearing system and a laser cut acrylic frame. We use 3D printed parts on the chassis that are designed and manufactured by student members. In 2017 we experienced success at the North Central Regional AICHE Conference at Purdue when we placed 3rd, qualifying for the first time in several years for the national competition in the Autumn. See OSU ChemE Car placing third in Regionals in Spring 2018!

In October 2018, we competed at the National Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, winning the Sportsmanship Award! 


Below, meet our recently- elected 2019 Executive Board! For more info about the team, please visit the ChemE Car website!