Outreach

Community & Outreach

Overview

Engineering, by its nature, is focussed on a desire to improve our collective condition; it is a discipline with human concerns and interrelationships at heart. As such, academics and technological skill are only a portion of what makes a person into a great engineer.

Our aim in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Utah is to produce well-rounded and civic-minded graduates. In addition to strong academic and research programs, we are working to build a strong, welcoming and supportive community, both within our department and with the general public.

Community Outreach

Our department is always looking for opportunities to partner with our state and local communities, and we offer several avenues for outreach.

Request an Outreach Team

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If you are a teacher or a member of some other sort of organization which would like to arrange a visit from one of our outreach teams, you may use this form to do so. You may request we bring one of the teaching modules we typically offer, or we will work with you to develop a new and more involved chemical engineering experience for your students.

Use Our Online Teaching Modules

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If you are a teacher and do not wish to have an in-class visit from our outreach teams, you may still find some interesting ideas in our online database of teaching modules. Be aware that for some of these the materials and/or procedures used can pose a serious safety concern. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Request a Professor

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While the day of a professor is quite hectic, we know it is part of our duty to encourage and educate the next generation of engineers. If you wish to invite a professor to your classroom, career day, or science fair, simply contact us and we will endeavour to attend and help out with your event.

College of Engineering Outreach Events

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Our College of Engineering also offers outreach events, camps and programs which highlight a wide variety of engineering professions. Please see this page for details.

Student Organizations

We have several official student organizations within our department, and every student is encouraged to somehow get involved. Building relationships with peers and professors outside of the lecture hall can improve your educational experience in many ways.

AIChE Student Chapter

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AIChE is an organization of chemical engineering students, faculty, and industry professionals. It is devoted to chemical engineering and works to develop connections between students and professionals. In our department, this group works closely with faculty in order to organize our presence and compete at the regional and national AICHE meetings across the country. Check out the University AIChE Student Chapter page and visit the AIChE.org website.

Graduate SAC

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The Graduate Student Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Department of Chemical Engineering is dedicated to the development of graduate student relations and to facilitating meaningful communication among the students, faculty and staff. These goals are accomplished through student representation with faculty, addressing student concerns and planned social activities. Visit the U Grad SAC website.

Chem-E Car

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Teams from various universities design, construct, and compete with chemically powered vehicles. Annually, our team competes in the national and regional AICHE Chem-E Car competitions. It’s a fun way to get to know your peers and professors, while honing your design skills at the same time. Photos from Chem-E Car events.

K-12 Outreach Teams

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Many engineers were drawn, in part, to the careers we love by the encouragement of a teacher or mentor. All it took was some enthusiasm and a good explanation of what the field had to offer. Our outreach teams work to fill that role. This group of undergraduates develop teaching modules, organize college outreach events, and travel to local high schools to conduct demonstrations and explain the field of chemical engineering (application). Photos from outreach events.

College-Wide Engineering Student Organizations

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The College of Engineering also hosts several organizations in which our student may wish to participate:

See this page for more information.

University of Utah Student Groups

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The University of Utah is home to a wide range of student organizations. These organizations include sororities and fraternities, honors societies, arts and music groups, ethnic and cultural clubs, religious organizations and much more.

Search this page to find a specific student group.

Department Events

Throughout the year our department hosts several social events. Please subscribe to our calendar to receive notification of event dates and locations. Photos from these events may be found on our department media page.

Spring Picnic

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As classes are winding down, in late April, our AICHE student chapter hosts a picnic for faculty and students. Come for lunch or merely to put professors in their place with a game of football.

Senior Awards Luncheon

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Annually, we recognize the accomplishments of our seniors at an awards banquet, and special awards are given to outstanding students. It’s a great opportunity to give a fond farewell to our seniors, before the rush of graduation ceremonies.

Contact Us

50 S. Central Campus Dr.
Room 3290 MEB
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9203

Phone: (801) 581-6915
Fax: (801) 585-9291