Education & Workforce Development

RAPID's Education & Workforce Development Objective

Establish a technical education and workforce development program that will leverage existing resources to develop the workforce, who can then research, develop, and operate new process intensification (PI) & modular chemical process intensification (MCPI) solutions widely within U.S. industry. 

RAPID Education & Workforce Development Programs

eLearning courses

Webinars

  • RAPID hosts a number of live webinars per year which are free to RAPID members. In addition to live webinars, all past webinars are archived and available for free to RAPID members, including:
    • A 10-part series on Process Intensification Principles, led by PI expert Andrzej Stankiewicz, debuted in 2018. Register for all ten webinars.
    • Topics relevant to members and the process intensification and modular chemical processing community.

Register for RAPID Webinars

Virtual RAPID Intern Program

  • 10-week program taking place in spring, summer and fall rotations which provides leadership training, process intensification training and professional development opportunities.
  • Great for undergraduate or graduate students working on projects that advance process intensification or modular processing concepts.
  • No cost to nominating RAPID members.

Learn more about the RAPID Intern Program

Face-to-Face Courses

Teaching Resources

  • Select RAPID eLearning courses and archived RAPID webinars are free to AIChE Student Members and many universities and faculty have assigned this content to their students, particularly in the Senior Design Class. Suggest considering assigning the abovementioned content as homework assignments.
  • In addition, RAPID has specially developed materials to aid in teaching PI and MCPI concepts. These include case studies, design projects, and homework problems with support material such as PowerPoint slides and Excel documents.

Access RAPID Teaching Resources

ChemE Cube

ChemE Cube is an annual student competition where undergraduate university teams design, build, and demonstrate a 1 cubic foot plant to produce a chemistry defined in the annual problem statement (which changes each year). Teams compete on cube performance via a head-to-head duel and promote their technology through a 3-minute ad, poster, and 20-minute 'shark tank' style pitch to a panel of mock investors.

Learn more about ChemE Cube

Contact

For more information on education and workforce development efforts in the RAPID Institute, contact Ashley Smith-Schoettker at ashls@aiche.org.