The ChE in Context: AIChE Updates Its Climate Change Policy Statement


Our world — everyone, every species, and everything in it — is being affected by climate change. As the changes become more significant, we will have to adapt. Chemical engineers are in a special position to explain what is happening with our climate and to create and guide technological responses. That is the essence of AIChE’s updated Climate Change Policy (

Author Bios: 

Phillip R. Westmoreland

Phil Westmoreland is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. He was 2013 President of AIChE, was the founding chair of the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum, is a Fellow of AIChE and the Combustion Institute, and is a trustee and past president of CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Education). He received the 2017 AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology for his experimental and computational achievements in the chemistry of fire suppressants and air-pollutant prevention. He also...Read more

Mary Ellen Ternes

Mary Ellen Ternes is a partner in the Oklahoma City office of D.C. based Earth & Water Law, LLC.  Ms. Ternes represents manufacturing, recycling and other industrial and municipal clients, with in-depth experience in air, solid and hazardous waste, wastewater, drinking water program permitting, compliance, recycling and reuse, with particular emphasis in developing efficient regulatory strategies for complex and high profile processes and industries, enforcement defense, risk management, due diligence, voluntary cleanup practices as well as federal and state rulemaking,...Read more

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