Embracing the Breadth and the Unity of ChE [Blog Series]

December 14, 2012

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 this next-to-last post of the series, I take up the fifth reason that I think we are entering a Golden Age of ChE: Our profession’s breadth, linked by common background and problem-solving approaches.

To keep our profession strong, we must understand and embrace both our core expertise and our breadth. Part of this breadth is working with our different branches and with other disciplines to achieve specific and broad goals of society. So, what is ChE and who is a ChE?

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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