The American Institute of Chemical Engineers can point to numerous advances — most of which have benefitted industry and society — by its members since its inception in 1908. In their latest pioneering move, AIChE members elected Rosemarie D. Wesson, associate dean for research in City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, the organization’s first ever female treasurer. She begins a three-year term in 2018.
AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society.
A professor of chemical engineering in the Grove School, Wesson has served AIChE in several senior positions. She sat on the Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015, was elected AIChE Fellow in 2014 and has been a Trustee of the AIChE Foundation since 2015.
Wesson also chaired AIChE’s Washington Internships for Students in Engineering, between 2010 and 2015.
Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research. Areas include nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security.
AIChE has honored Wesson for her contributions with its MAC (Minority Affairs Committee) Eminent Chemical Engineers Award (2014) and Achievers in Chemical Engineering accolade (2010).
Among her other honors are NSF Director’s awards for Superior Accomplishment (2012) and Collaborative Integration (2008 and 2011).
Prior to joining City College in 2015, Wesson spent more than 13 years at the NSF in the Directorate for Engineering. She excelled there as both a director and program director.
She’s a graduate of MIT (BS) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MS, PhD) with all her degrees in chemical engineering.
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