The Global Societal Impact Committee, Student Chapters Committee, Sustainable Energy Forum and International Committee of AIChE are pleased to collaborate on the annual ACE4G Challenge. This is a competition to encourage chemical engineering students and their partners to consider how chemical engineering know-how can be applied in an appropriate way on a small scale to improve the quality of life of communities in the developing world. Open to all AIChE student chapters around the world. A team may recruit any student, professor, or professional; and AIChE student chapters are strongly encouraged to partner with organizations, such as Engineers Without Borders, with experience applying appropriate technology on micro scale projects in small technically unsophisticated communities. Only one entry per chapter allowed.
Contest entries must address "How chemical engineering can be applied to solve world problems on a micro scale" (just to be clear - micro scale refers to the size of the enterprise, not the size of molecules, surfaces, etc). Submissions provide a chemical engineering solution to problems often encountered in small scale quality of life improvement projects in the developing world. Examples of typical problems would be water treatment, alternate energy sources, energy efficiency, and preservation/production of crops and foods. Submissions must utilize chemical engineering technology and skills (beyond the hydraulics calculations commonly used in designing water systems).