This is part 2 in the ChEnected series "We Are ChE: Entering a Golden Age", authored by Incoming 2013 AIChE president Phil Westmoreland.
Last week, I contended that we are in the early stages of a new Golden Age of Chemical Engineering, listing five substantial reasons. Let’s look at the first one: Manufacturing’s shift to emphasize processes and properties – that is, it’s shifting toward aspects of manufacturing where ChEs are leaders.
Does “ChE” mean “manufacturing” to your neighbor?
In a 4/28/2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, Gregory Zuckerman wrote about the “resurgence in the U.S. manufacturing sector.” He focuses on a March report from Merrill-Lynch to argue that “the U.S. economy is in the early stages of a long-term manufacturing renaissance.”
Thus, manufacturing is in the US and global spotlight these days, and chemical engineers have a spot at the front of the stage.