UCLA AIChE, the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, will host the AIChE 2008 Western Regional Conference on Saturday, April 12, 2008 on the UCLA campus.

The all-day conference will feature speakers from industry, a best research paper competition, tours of UCLA Engineering labs and the Chem-E-Car competition.

“UCLA AIChE is excited to host this year’s Western Regional Conference,” said Marie Sutton, a senior and internal vice president of UCLA AIChE. “It will be a great opportunity for chemical engineering students from throughout California to network with one another and with industry representatives. We will get to display UCLA’s wonderful facilities and graduate program through lab tours, as well as offer fun engineering events such as the best paper and Chem-E-Car competitions.”

The Chem-E-Car competition pits school-sponsored cars, powered by chemical reactions, against each other. They must carry a specific load, then must stop as close to a designated spot after a certain distance. The top three finishers are eligible to compete at the 2008 AIChE national meeting, which is being held in Philadelphia in June.

Schools participating in the conference include: UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, University of Nevada, Reno, UC Riverside, San Jose State University, Cal Poly Pomona and UC Berkeley.