ChE-style Manufacturing Moves into the Spotlight

ChE-style Manufacturing Moves into the Spotlight
September 26, 2012

This is part 2 in the ChEnected series "We Are ChE: Entering a Golden Age", authored by Incoming 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland.

Last week, I contended that we are in the early stages of a new Golden Age of Chemical Engineering, listing five substantial reasons. Let’s look at the first one: Manufacturing’s shift to emphasize processes and properties – that is, it’s shifting toward aspects of manufacturing where ChEs are leaders.

Does “ChE” mean “manufacturing” to your neighbor?

In a 4/28/2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, Gregory Zuckerman wrote about the “resurgence in the U.S. manufacturing sector.” He focuses on a March report from Merrill-Lynch to argue that “the U.S. economy is in the early stages of a long-term manufacturing renaissance.”

Thus, manufacturing is in the US and global spotlight these days, and chemical engineers have a spot at the front of the stage.

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