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ChE Alumna Elected as President of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Christine Seymour

Christine Seymour

UMass Chemical Engineering alumna Christine Seymour, the director in Global Regulatory Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls at Pfizer Inc, has been chosen as the president elect of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and will take office in 2018. Dr. Seymour will also serve on the AIChE Board of Directors in 2017. 

Dr. Seymour is an AIChE Fellow and received the 2012 Program Committee's Herb Epstein Award for Technical Programming from AIChE.

At Pfizer, she leads the regulatory strategy and implementation for a portfolio of projects across all phases of drug development, commercial applications, and established products. Previously, she led chemical process research teams at Pharmacia and G.D. Searle.


She has worked at Pfizer since 2004. She has also served as secretary on the AIChE Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Biological Engineering from 2009 to 2011. She was a research advisor in chemical process development at Searle/Pharmacia from 1995 to 2004.

Dr. Seymour has chemical engineering degrees from Lehigh University (B.S.) and UMass Amherst (Ph.D.), as well as a Regulatory Affairs M.S. from Temple University. She currently serves on the UMass Amherst College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Board.

According to AIChE, Dr. Seymour has enjoyed participating in AIChE leadership for more than 20 years, including: chair of the Forum Formation Committee and first chair of the Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development, and Manufacturing Forum; director of the Society for Biological Engineering; chair of the Executive Board of the Program Committee; Board of Directors; Spring Meeting program chair; and chair of the Process Development Division.

AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities, and governments using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. (November 2016)