AIChE recognizes that the best way to lead the way to a safer world is through transforming Chemical Engineering Education. Although companies have extensive safety training programs, chemical engineering graduates currently enter the workforce with limited Process Safety Education. Experience has shown that presenting process safety concepts as part of the chemical engineering curriculum proves most effective, something the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) also recently adopted as a requirement.
As part of the AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good campaign, and in conjunction with the Center for Chemical Process Safety's (CCPS), 30th Anniversary, industry and academia have come together on a major global initiative to improve and accelerate process safety education at the university level.
The goal is to have 100% of graduating bachelor-degree chemical engineers prepared to enter the workforce with a working knowledge of process safety. While, this is an ambitious goal to be implemented over time, integrating process safety education into AIChE’s global network of student members and university partnerships will ultimately help shape the profession and positively impact society for decades to come.
The Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative is a multi-pronged effort that will benefit companies, students, universities and ultimately, society. The three core components are:
- Modernizing and Developing Curriculum
- Educating Faculty
- Engaging and Educating Students
Most recently AdvanSix, Covestro and Ecolab joined Dow, Chevron, LyondellBasell, BASF, Chemours, DuPont, Eastman and Univar as Founders' Circle members - along with a cadre of early industry supporters of the Doing a World of Good campaign.
To learn more on how you can play an active role in transforming chemical engineering education, please contact, Lisa Lanzkowsky, at email@example.com or 646-495-1351.