The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) Student Chapter (AIChE-NDU) recently secured four seats, including the Regional Chair, for the 2022-2023 Middle East Regional Subcommittee as well as three seats for the 2022–2023 Publications Subcommittee of the AIChE Executive Student Committee (ESC).
Ever since its establishment, members of the AIChE-NDU have been regularly chosen to be a part of the ESC, comprising the Committee’s largest Chapter by number of members in the Middle East.
The ESC members are selected from a pool of applicants who are asked to report their goals for the position, ability to work in a team, approach to problem-solving, and some insights into their personal background and achievements. As for the Regional Chair position, applicants must be specifically recommended by the current Chair and approved by the Executive Board.
Due to the devotion, hard work, and motivation of the AIChE-NDU members, six of the members, of which the Regional Chair, were elected to be part of the various subcommittees for the Academic Year 2022–2023. Aside from the Executive Committee (itself comprising the ESC Chair, Vice Chair, National Director, Global Director, and Programming Director), the ESC is divided into two major subcommittees: Regional and Publications.
NDU students, Yara Zakhem, Rozan Zeineddine, and Jane Aghjayan, will act as Regional Liaisons in their new positions on the Middle East Regional Subcommittee, while Rebecca Wakim will assume her post as Regional Chair. In addition to maximizing their university experience, their jobs primarily entail managing and helping other AIChE Student Chapters in the region to form and enhance a shared platform of students across the area.
As for the Publications Subcommittee, Jane Aghjayan will be taking on an additional role as Social Media Coordinator alongside Carine Bichara, while Christina Chalhoub will be a Writer on the AIChE website, ChEnected. The three students will be responsible for sharing educational articles and the activities of Student Chapters on various social media platforms.
Such great accomplishments and activity on the part of the Chemical Engineering students speaks not only to their unique qualifications, but to the major’s capabilities of fostering graduates who are academically driven and seek to offer their skills to the wider community. “Since its inception in 2017, the Chemical Engineering program at NDU has risen to exceptional heights and has proven on the regional and international levels its qualities despite the social and economic situation,” said Dr. Elias Feghali, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Advisor of AIChE-NDU.
The ESC experience offers students opportunities to connect with international chemical engineering students, and allows them to benefit from the different responsibilities, perspectives, conferences, and information that result from these positions. NDU celebrates the AIChE-NDU’s success as a whole, and we congratulate Yara, Rozan, Jane, Rebecca, Carine, and Christina on securing the elected seats. You make NDU proud.