The Chem-E-Car team’s job is to build a small car (about the size of a shoebox) that is powered by chemical reactions within size constraints. At Purdue University’s chapter of Chem-E-Car, we have been competing as one of the top Chem-E-Car team across the nation. We have consistently been placing among the top participating universities in the Nation. The Chem-E-Car team placed 2nd in the 2012 North Central Regional Chem-E-Car Competition and placed 7th in the 2012 Nationals Chem-E-Car competition out of the top 35 teams participating across the nation. Due to the recent success in the regional qualifier, Purdue Chem-E-Car team is going to participate in the 2013 Nationals Chem-E-Car competition which will be held in San Francisco on November 1-4, 2013. The current car design runs on a reaction between sodium bicarbonate and acetic acid. A new design is required for the Regionals Competition next semester, so the team will be perfecting their past design to compete at the upcoming Nationals while coming up with ideas for the next Regionals Competition in order to keep a consistent good performance.
The Communications Committee’s main goal is to bring AIChE members together. This is done first by spreading the word of current events within Purdue AIChE to all the students and faculty via social media and print. And second by planning and hosting social events that bring members together to build lasting relationships. In the past, this has included events like AIChE Game Night. As we expand in the future we hope to host events like Forney coffee hour, movie night, etc.
Recently, we have expanded the Finance Committee to not only manage the cash flow to and from the organization, but also take the initiative in generating income for Purdue AIChE. We manage the semester budget for each committee and the organization as a whole to ensure that we are spending wisely. To keep an updated and accurate membership list, we collaborate with the Communications Committee. We also directly interface and develop relationships with the Business Office for Student Organizations (BOSO) and the School of Chemical Engineering. Ways that we generate income include: actively searching and applying for grants, working with the Industrial Relations Committee to develop a robust corporate sponsorship packet, and drafting individual letters requesting funds to send to companies.
The Grand Prix committee aims to create the best go-kart to compete in the annual Purdue Grand Prix competition. This committee trains problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills as we work together as a team to research on and improve the kart. This year, we will be focusing on fine-tuning our kart and getting as much practice as we can so that everyone in the team can be used to the pressurized setting during race day. With that, we hope to be able to qualify and finish top ten at the race.
The Industrial Relations Committee works in conjunction with the President and External Vice President to coordinate activities and communications with companies. They work to maximize interactions between industry and our program throughout the year to ensure students can get opportunities to learn about chemical engineering in application and meet engineers in the field. Some projects the committee may work on include organizing plant tours and hosting companies for on-campus visits.
The Philanthropy Committee exists to improve the lives of people at Purdue, in the Greater Lafayette area, and around the world. We want to get chemical engineers involved with community service and charity opportunities around campus. We host and participate in a variety of events throughout the year, such as “Boo at the Zoo,” “Relay for Life,” and our annual Valentine’s Day Bake Sale. All of the funds that we raise go to the American Cancer Society. Please contact one of the Executive Board members if you are interested in learning more about our current and upcoming activities!
The Social Athletics Committee plans athletic events that bring AIChE members, and sometimes faculty, together for fun networking. In the past, these events have included: wallyball, soccer games, volleyball tournaments and basketball games. This year, the committee is thinking about competing with other national engineering students organizations to expand outside of ChE. If you are interested in athletics and want to help out, we would love to have you join this committee to plan fun events for this year!
Student Faculty Relations:
The Student/Faculty Relations Committee puts on events that allow professors and students to come together and socialize. Some of the events include Student/Faculty Luncheons and Student/Faculty Socials.
This new committee is geared toward promoting our undergraduate research program to students. The Undergraduate Research committee helps introduce the idea of research to current undergraduates as well as help current researchers to hone their skills and participate in poster symposiums on and off campus.