The Cambridge University Chemical Engineering Society (or CUCES for short) is a student run society, which organises both careers and social events for undergraduate and post graduate students in the department.
We are the first port of call for companies in the industry wanting to speak directly to students in the department. We organise events which usually include presentation from representatives from the company (often accompanied by pizza to lure in hungry students), followed by a Q&A after. We’ve found that it’s a great way for students to hear exactly what is on offer and the sort of jobs that are available for them in the chemical engineering industry. Our committee member who coordinates these events is the careers representative, Fan Ray Aun, who aims to organise site visits and improve diversity in the companies that visit us.
CUCES also organises numerous social events throughout the year – we are students after all! Our biggest events are Christmas Dinner, Annual Dinner, Frank Morton Sports Day, and the May Week Garden Party, which are attended by both academics and students alike. These are sponsored by chemical engineering companies and so combine a fun evening with a chance to hear more about the industry. We also organise smaller events such as the formals at various colleges, pub trips and the ‘Meet Your Mentor’ scheme. This aims to help new members of the department settle in by being able to quiz their mentor about all the mysterious ways of the chemical engineering department. Taking on this role of social secretary and managing all these events is Vid Mehta. He aims to make the department even friendlier than it already is.
The other members of the committee who endeavour to keep everything running smoothly for the student body are Pathorn Achakulwisut, who is the committee’s secretary, Adil Patwary, the treasurer, and Pawat Silawattakun, the IT & Publicity officer keeping us up to date on all the goings on. We will be electing Part I and Postgraduate representatives once term has started up and everyone has settled in.
We hope that this year will be as great as last year and that CUCES can put together fun and useful events for undergraduates, postgraduates and academics alike.
CUCES President 2016-2017