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Schuster is AIChE's new CEO and executive director

Schuster is AIChE's new CEO and executive director

New York, NY, April 2022 — Darlene S. Schuster is the new CEO and Executive Director of AIChE, the Global Home of Chemical Engineers.

The announcement was made last week that Schuster, PhD, who is AIChE’s current Chief of Technical Operations, Membership, and Business Development, is now leading the Institute.

Dr. Schuster, a seasoned business executive, will take over as CEO and Executive Director on April 25. She will take over for June C. Wispelwey, who will retire on April 22.

“I am excited by this opportunity to lead AIChE, an organization that has meant so much to me over the course of my career — as we expand our many points of excellence across the chemical engineering profession, inclusive of all,” says Schuster.

“In our ever-changing world, AIChE is pleased to be the global home of chemical engineers as we continue to provide career support and lifelong learning opportunities for the broad engineering community, and continue to serve the chemical engineering profession,” she adds.


Christine Grant, AIChE’s 2022 President, made the announcement, saying, the Board is delighted with Schuster’s new role.

“She has a deep knowledge of AIChE, and her background as a chemicals industry leader from a corporate, academic, and non-profit perspective, as well as her deep understanding of the dynamic of the chemical engineering professional, will be an asset to the continued growth of AIChE.”

Grant emphasises Schuster’s track record of devising and implementing strategies to organise and accomplish significant, sustained development, which will propel AIChE into its next phase.

“Darlene personifies the values and integrity that are essential as the next leader of AIChE. I want to express my special thanks to the search committee for their commitment and hard work in this process,” adds Grant.

Schuster and leadership

On the other hand, June Wispelwey is confident that, “Darlene possesses the strategic and leadership skills necessary to help AIChE fulfill its commitment as an integrated community of chemical and related engineers. We are united in our determination to meet society’s challenges as the global leader of the profession.” (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

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