2013 Annual Meeting Plenary | AIChE

Chemical Engineering Expertise: In Academe and as Sought by Industry

Chemical engineering is justifiably recognized as a discipline well suited for the nation’s technical and leadership human resource.    In the recent years, increasing interests in biology, life science and nanotechnology among faculty of chemical engineering schools have been reflected in shifting the distribution of areas of faculty expertise and research within US academe.   The purpose of this Plenary Session is to examine the degree of redistribution in faculty strengths, and to consider how that compares with the likely needs of American industry for chemical engineering talent of the future. 


Presentation Speaker
Introduction: Dr. James C. Hill, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University
Evolving Distribution of Faculty Strengths in Chemical Engineering Departments Dr. John C. Chen, Emeritus C. R. Anderson Professor and Dean of Engineering, Lehigh University, Past President, AIChE
Chemical Engineering Skills for the Global Chemical Industry Dr. Rui Cruz, Associate Director for Research and Development, The Dow Chemical Company
Petroleum Industry's Need for Chemical Engineering Talent Dr. Ashok Krishna, Vice President of Downstream & Chemicals Technology, Chevron Corporation
Chemical Engineering Skills Sought by Pharmaceutical Industry Dr. Steve Poehlein, Principal – Elixir Pharma Consulting LLC, Past Vice President for Global Technical Operations, Merck & Co., Inc.

Discussion:  Moderator - Dr. Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Distinguished Professor of Chem. Eng., Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Florida