Education & Workforce Development

Through its RAPID Manufacturing Institute, AIChE is working with key partners to create breakthrough innovations to transform the process industries.

Why is Transforming Process Industries Important?

Traditionally, manufacturing plants are designed using the concept of economies of scale and a scale-up approach. To fully implement RAPID’s advances in process Intensification and modular equipment design will require a culture change in how industry processes are designed and implemented towards a modular, decentralized process.


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. 

What Can You Expect?

In order to accomplish this objective, RAPID will be:

  • Establishing a Body of Knowledge in Chemical Process Intensification and Modular Equipment Design
  • Offering a Process Intensification Boot Camp training for educators and trainers
  • Providing courses through AIChE Academy
    • eLearning modules for undergraduate and graduate students
    • Professional development courses for professionals and operators Partnering strategically with key Manufacturing USA institutes and other organizations
  • Promoting education through Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP)


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