Planet of the Chemical Engineers

screenshot-2017-01-13-10-07-36By: Catherine Kudlick

In November 2016, I had an opportunity to be an unusually bold version of myself at a meeting surrounded by several thousand scientists. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (meeting in San Francisco) had brought me in as part of an effort to make AIChE more welcoming to colleagues with disabilities. As a total outsider who didn’t understand 99% of the panel titles, I got to swoop in without any of the emotional and intellectual attachments that normally make attending something like the American Historical Association so exhausting. Check out the results in this interview where I laid it all out with a force I don’t think I could have mustered for my fellow historians: