Landherr receives two grants from AIChE Foundation
Chemical Engineering Teaching Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies Lucas Landherr has secured two grants from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Foundation to support K-12 outreach efforts.
In order to continue their efforts in creating educational comics as learning tools, the AIChE Foundation awarded Landherr $4k to develop comics explaining how chemical engineering is present in everyday life. These comics will highlight STEM concepts in simple items like ice cream, hockey pucks, and tap water, while depicting diverse characters in the comics to help young students of a range of backgrounds be able to better see themselves in the field of chemical engineering. Landherr will work with professional artists to make these comics broadly available for K-12 educators and broader outreach efforts by AIChE members.
Additionally, Landherr helped to secure $2k for the AIChE K-12 Committee to provide mini-grants to K-12 educators running STEM outreach events across the country. These mini-grants will enable more STEM demonstrations and activities to be hosted for young students to better encourage their interest and confidence in STEM fields.
Landherr is currently the Past Chair of AIChE’s K-12 Committee and also serves as its DEI Subcommittee Chair.