Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century Study
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are planning to conduct a study that will outline a vision for the chemical engineering discipline over the next 25 years, and are reaching out to the chemical engineering community both to participate in the study and to help support it.
In 1988, the National Academies laid out an important vision for the field. Frontiers in Chemical Engineering: Research Needs and Opportunities, also known as the “Amundson Report,” outlined a roadmap for turning promising research opportunities into reality, while guiding university educational efforts to embrace new frontiers. The study is widely recognized as having been a key driver for many advances in chemical engineering over the past 30 years.
Joan F. Brennecke, University of Texas
Jennifer Curtis, University of California, Davis
Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan
Alexander Orlov, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Joseph B. Powell, Shell
Phillip R. Westmoreland, North Carolina State University
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At a 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Roundtable, leaders from the chemical engineering profession reached a major conclusion: chemical engineering needs a new vision for the 21st century. The aspiration for a new report, Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, will be to articulate and transform the chemical engineering profession, guiding its vision of future research, innovation, and education.
The National Academies are seeking support for this ambitious project from the chemical engineering community, including academia, industry, professional associations and societies, and individuals. The Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology is currently seeking about $500,000 in funds so that the study can commence. If your department, company, association, society, or other group would like to provide some of the budget for this study, please click the button below. (If for any reason this study does not go forward, contributors will be fully refunded.)