Chemical engineering professor helps inaugurate the first AIChE chapter in South America

Helping to inaugurate the first American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter in South America, Thomas K. Wood, professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently visited Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.The new chapter of the professional society of chemical engineering has been established at Universidad de los Andes by Wood's former doctoral student, Andrés González Barrios who now holds the title of professor.Along with 2009 AIChE President Professor H. Scott Fogler of the University of Michigan and Professor Luke Achenie of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Wood, the T. Michael O'Connor II Chair, helped kick off the opening of the chapter by presenting the seminar "Cellular Sleeping Pills and Engineered Biofilm Systems."Founded in 1948, Universidad de los Andes is the first private higher education institution in Colombia of a secular nature and independent of political parties. The university serves more than 12,000 undergraduates and more than 3,000 graduate students.The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering also has partnered in an undergraduate research exchange program with the chemical engineering program at Universidad de los Andes.AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 40,000 members from 93 countries. Student chapters of AIChE provide access to a variety of resources, including seminars, field trips and service projects - all aimed at enhancing a student's academic career as well as helping assist in the transition from the classroom into a professional environment.Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at .