The club was originally founded in 1949 as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Club in association with the National AIChE Organization. The club was exclusive to chemical engineers until the late 2000’s when the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) formed. Thus the OSU CBEE Student Club was established in response. The organization retains its roots with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) though no longer exclusive to chemical engineers. We pride ourselves with being an active student chapter that meets the unique needs of our hybrid department.
The CBEE Student Club is intertwined with chemical (ChE), biological (BioE), and environmental (EnvE) engineer majors. The students who hold officer positions and those students who attend general club meetings represent each of these three disciplines. The club also has one professor from each of the three disciplines as advisors to its students.
As an AIChE Student Chapter, Oregon State is very involved in both at the National & Regional levels. After co-hosting both the 2001 & 2003 AIChE National Student Conferences in Reno, Nevada and San Francisco, California, respectively, Oregon State University is a regular at National AIChE events. At the regional level we hosted the 2005 Pacific Northwest Regional Student Conference in Corvallis, Oregon, and work closely with the AIChE Oregon Section, hosting guest lectures and presentations regularly. Accepted nationally as having one of the greatest outreach programs to the High School level.
The newly founded CBEE Student Club will be hosting the 2017 Regional conference in Corvallis, Oregon and cohosting the 2016 National conference in San Francisco, California. The club has continued its initiatives to better the community though K-12 Outreach programs and local community volunteering.
Oregon State University (OSU) is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 55,000 people in the heart of Oregon's lush Willamette Valley. The climate is generally warm and sunny from April through October but cool and rainy in the winter. The snowcapped Cascade Mountains with their many downhill and cross-country ski areas are a couple hours away to the east and the exciting Oregon Coast with miles of sandy beaches is an hour to the west. Portland, Oregon's largest city, is 85 miles to the north, and Eugene is 40 miles to the south. Both cities have outstanding performing arts centers that draw some of the world's top entertainment attractions.