This is Part 10 in the ChEnected series "We Are ChE: Entering a Golden Age". It is authored by Incoming 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland.
In the last post, I focused on the remarkable advances in simulations and high-performance computing, including their impacts on ChE.
There is a whole other side to computing, though: Gathering and making sense of data. Two key buzzwords are informatics (or information science) – processing, managing, and retrieving information – and analytics – using statistics for extracting and expressing insights from large amounts of data, now frequently called “Big Data.”