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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.  

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:


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.

Email your nomination to by February 15. 

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 over the last several years with strong finishes at both regionals and nationals.  

OSU's current car is powered by fuel cells (zinc chloride batteries) and uses a reaction between sodium thiosulfate and hydrogen chloride as the stopping mechanism.  The reaction produces a cloudy solution whichs cuts the transmission of the laser beam which in turn stops the car.  See the Chem-E-Car team compete at the 2013 Regionals in Cincinnati!  

For more info, please visit the ChemE Car website!

2013 OSU Chem-E-Car Team