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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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