January 2013 Message from AIChE President, Phil Westmoreland

January 2013 Message from AIChE President, Phil Westmoreland
Photo by Alan J. Steiner.
January 24, 2013

As I begin 2013 as AIChE’s president, I want to share my belief that we’re entering a new Golden Age of Chemical Engineering. Why is this a time for chemical engineering to shine? Consider what is happening:

  • manufacturing’s shift to emphasize processes and properties
  • the new abundance of hydrocarbon resources
  • biology’s turning into a molecular science
  • computing’s evolution into a cyberinfrastructure
  • society’s need for the breadth and problem-solving approaches of chemical engineering.

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