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Chemical Engineering Education Evolution

By Chemical Engineering |

A host of conditions, including globalization of industry, expanding access to information and a shifting workforce profile present challenges for university chemical engineering departments as they prepare aspiring engineers for work. To address the challenges, the educational system for chemical engineering is trying to strike the optimal balance between new and traditional teaching approaches, as well as between core chemical engineering topics and modern engineering applications. Meanwhile, the academic chemical engineering community and the world of industrial chemicals are struggling, with mixed success, to forge connections and relationships. Macro-level trends A number of wider trends are having a significant impact in shaping the education enterprise in chemical engineering. Information — and the technology used to locate and organize it — is at the heart of several high-level trends that have both positive and negative consequences for the education of engineers. “There has been a veritable explosion of technical information available,” says Sasha Gurke, senior vice president and co-founder of Knovel, an online library of curated technical content. “And the growth of information is still accelerating,…
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