The Virginia Tech and University of Delaware Student Chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), both recently hosted two-day Process Safety Boot Camps for students on their campuses. These Mini-Process Safety Boot Camps provide students with an overview of basic concepts in process safety extending beyond the classroom and help prepare students for their careers in industry. This is part of a global effort to accelerate undergraduate process safety learning, a core priority of our Doing a World of Good campaign.
Ideally, all Chemical Engineering undergraduates and professors would have a working understanding of process safety.
- Matthew C. Koenings, VP of DuPont
Chandler Culley, President of the VA Tech Student Chapter, reflected on the weekend, saying, “We were honored to have been selected out of more than 200 AIChE student chapters to host the AIChE-CCPS student boot camp in late March.” Culley added that the training opportunity "is a great example of how much the Virginia Tech Chemical Engineering Department recognizes the importance of process safety in industry."
Since 2014, 100% of chemical engineering graduates from Virginia Tech have participated in the Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SAChE) Certificate Program, consisting of interactive online safety training courses provided to undergraduates for free by AIChE and CCPS. Virginia Tech’s outstanding involvement in the program is led by Y. A. Liu, the chemical engineering department’s design course instructor.
University of Delaware
At the University of Delaware’s boot camp, Matthew C. Koenings, DuPont’s Vice President of Safety, Health & Environment and Operational Excellence, had the opportunity to speak to the students. He had the following to say about his experience, "DuPont is pleased to be an active sponsor of the undergraduate process safety training. I was pleased to speak with a room of students and their professor, eager to spend their weekend learning about process safety- a strong sign of commitment. Ideally, all Chemical Engineering undergraduates and professors would have a working understanding of process safety."
This exciting and invaluable opportunity was at no cost to the university and or Student Chapter. The Student Boot Camps are generously funded by Founders’ Circle members: Dow, Chevron, LyondellBasell, DuPont, Eastman, and Univar, along with other corporate supporters.
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The Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative is a major global effort and core campaign priority to accelerate process safety education and better prepare graduates for the workforce.
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