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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Phillip R. Westmoreland

Phillip R. Westmoreland is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State Univ. (NCSU) and Executive Director of the NCSU Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. His chemical engineering degrees are from NCSU (BS, 1973), Louisiana State Univ. (MS, 1974), and MIT (PhD, 1986). He worked in coal research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1974–1979), as a ChE faculty member at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (1986–2009), and as a program director at the National Science Foundation (2006–2009).

An AIChE Fellow, Phil began service as public...Read more