The School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering is proud to host the 2017 Pacific Northwest Student Regional Conference of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at Oregon State University, April 21-22. The conference will include an Engineers Without Border Global Initiative Seminar, ChemE Jeopardy, a research paper competition, a research poster competition, a ChemE Car competition, and an awards ceremony and banquet. Participating schools include: University of British Columbia, University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Idaho, and Montana State University.

This year's invited presentation is titled "Engineering for the Developing World: Leveraging knowledge, skills, and passion to solve some of the world’s toughest problems," and will be presented by Kelly Barb, of the AIChE Global Societies Initiatives Committee, at 7 p.m. on Friday April 21, in Johnson Hall 102. Barb (RPCV Guinea ’13-’14) will discuss how to leverage passions for chemical engineering, project management, social responsibility, and volunteerism to develop culturally-appropriate and sustainable solutions to challenges in public health, WASH, and education in developing nations. Barb illustrates this idea by citing her experiences in international development, including her role as a project lead for Rowan University Engineers Without Borders in El Salvador and her role as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, during the Ebola outbreak.

Registration is $15. Oregon State students may register at online at More information is available on the conference website at: For additional information, please contact Kylee Mockler Martens at, or Skip Rochefort at

Published Date: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017