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Giving Back to Community

  • 1.  Giving Back to Community

    EXECUTIVE STUDENT
    COMMITTEE
    Posted 7 days ago
    How do you give back to your local community as a ChemE?

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    ChEers,

    Emily Miksiewicz
    Membership Associate, Student Programs
    AIChE
    New York, NY
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  • 2.  RE: Giving Back to Community

    Posted 7 days ago
    Emily -

    A great question! There are many ways.

    Often there are needs in local school systems for volunteers for STEM related activities.  Things such as regional Science Bowl Competitions, E-Week Activities, speakers for STEM classes (usually driven by an individual teacher) are great places to start locally.  Branching out, there are always opportunities to become involved with organizations like Engineers Without Borders.  EWB depends on volunteers engineers of all backgrounds to bolster and support under-served communities across the globe by designing and implementing engineering solutions for global problems such as clean water access.  To serve your professional counterparts, being involved with a professional society (like AIChE) to bring development opportunities to your region can also be highly rewarding and is always needed (it looks like you are already on track to do this with your current participation in your student chapter - awesome!).

    Being a ChE also often means that you are in roles that are compensated very well for your talents and technical abilities.  For me, this also means an opportunity to give back in a financial way to local community initiatives.  Something to keep in mind as you move into your professional career as well.

    It can be over-whelming to consider ALL of the needs in a community, so if you are looking to contribute financially to something I suggest identifying 2-3 areas that you are passionate about influencing (STEM education, community health and wellness, financial literacy), and identifying local organizations that work to address those areas.  Then begin to build a relationship with them by volunteering :) places like Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brother Big Sister, Girls Inc, are always looking for ways to provide great educational opportunities in STEM/STEAM to the children that are involved in their centers.

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    Teni Butler
    Coatings and Inks Tech Service Rep
    Eastman Chemical Company
    Kingsport TN
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  • 3.  RE: Giving Back to Community

    EXECUTIVE STUDENT
    COMMITTEE
    Posted 7 days ago
    Thanks so much, Teni.  Those are great ideas!

    How else are ChemEs giving back to their communities?  What are your favorite local organizations to work with?

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    ChEers,

    Emily Miksiewicz
    Membership Associate, Student Programs
    AIChE
    New York, NY
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  • 4.  RE: Giving Back to Community

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 6 days ago
    Edited by Sudhirkumar Brahmbhatt 6 days ago

    Emily: This is great question and we all should think about it and do the service to the community. After having Ph.D., MBA. and Polymer science certificate from NJ and while working work Exxon, APCI, Messer, Air Liquide companies in East coast, I started a radio program in Allentown, PA to spread the cultural value. I continued the radio program in St. Louis, MO when moved and total of 25 years of service was given to the community in this way.

    When I moved to St. Louis, MO in 1991, I started the children school to instill the cultural value and the make the children ages 5 through 18 years age the best they can.  To day, quite a few number of children that are in senior class, have perfect ACT or SAT and make it to the top most collages. This year for this week-end school we have 400+ children ages 5 through 18 years age in the school.   

    From Profession point of view, I continue developing new technologies and implementing at my clients sites. I have more than 33+ patents and continue developing them. I think depending on your interest and capabilities, one should continue giving back to the community as many are disadvantage families and these children are future of our country.

    Hope this helps. 



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    Sudhirkumar Brahmbhatt PhD,MBA
    President
    Technology Services Inc
    Glencoe MO
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  • 5.  RE: Giving Back to Community

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 4 days ago
    You have contributed vastly to the community
    This must feel very rewarding
    thank you for what you do for students

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    Christopher Semonelli
    Vice President Sales & Marketing
    Middletown RI
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