The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) honored Merck & Co., Inc., and the Procter & Gamble Company, along with those companies’ leaders, for exemplifying the good works that apply chemical engineering expertise to benefit society, at its annual gala.
Merck was honored “for leadership in developing innovative therapies to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases”— including cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, cardiovascular diseases, antibiotic- resistant infection, Alzheimer’s disease, and Ebola. The honor for Merck was accepted by Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Procter & Gamble Company was recognized for “demonstrated leadership and achievements in sustainability” — in particular for helping to address the world’s plastic waste challenge and developing technologies to make recovery and recycling of plastic waste easier. Procter & Gamble’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David S. Taylor, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
The 2019 AIChE gala raised approximately $725,000 to support the advancement of the chemical engineering profession, including efforts to expand programs to help recruit, retain, and promote the equitable inclusion of women and other underrepresented groups in their pursuit of careers in STEM, stated AIChE Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer June Wispelwey. “Our Doing a World of Good gala is devoted to helping the chemical engineering community to be fully prepared for future challenges,” said Wispelwey. “This means developing a profession where everyone can contribute their best.”
The annual gala supports transformative priorities of the AIChE Foundation and its Doing a World of Good campaign, which focus on advancing chemical engineering and bringing that expertise to bear for the good of society. To date, the campaign has raised more than $15 million in its initial phase toward these objectives, and has recently embarked on $5 million initiative: All For Good: Engineering for Inclusion — dedicated to attracting and retaining the best engineering talent from the classroom to the boardroom.
The 2019 gala’s dinner chairs were Bruce Chinn, President, Chevron Oronite Company LLC; Kathy Fish, Chief Research, Development Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company; Erin Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer, AdvanSix Inc.; Anne Roby, Executive Vice President, Linde; John Televantos, Senior Partner, Arsenal Capital Partners; Michael Thien, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Systems Design and Commercialization, Merck & Company; and Linda Wright, Vice President, ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Company.
In introducing the honor for Merck, Roby said that the company “is not only improving lives, but saving the lives of people everywhere.” Roby noted that, under the leadership of Ken Frazier, Merck has refocused on innovative lifesaving medicines and vaccines to benefit society, while providing long-term and sustainable value to its many stakeholders, and building on Merck’s 125-year plus legacy.