Welcome to the US Chapter of the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE)

The KIChE US Chapter is a forum for networking, and sharing ideas, information, and experiences among Korean/Korean-American Chemical Engineers in the United States (i.e., the Members) and also between the Members and the broader Chemical Engineering Community to promote success for all involved.

We are over ten years old now. To tell a little bit of history – the establishment of the Chapter was initially suggested in 2002 by Professor Hyun-Ku Rhee at Seoul National University, Korea, who at that time was the President of the KIChE. The creation of the Chapter was announced in November 2002 during the AIChE Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The professors involved in this initial endeavor include the Late Professor James M. Lee at Washington State University, Professor Kyu Yong Choi at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, Professor Yong Lak Joo at Cornell University, and Professor Gyeong Soon Hwang at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Since that time, the Chapter has continually grown both in size and in the opportunities it provides to the Members. Currently, the Chapter has over 135 members representing all sectors of the US Chemical Engineering Community (i.e., academia, industry, and government laboratories).

Each year, the Chapter holds its annual chapter-wide conference and a social event during the AIChE Annual Meeting. The Chapter also annually provides awards to recognize outstanding achievements of the Members. Please find more information about the Chapter and its activities on this website.

Thank you for visiting us. And we welcome your feedbacks and questions as well as your suggestions.


Daeyeon Lee
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Email: daeyeon@seas.upenn.edu