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Opportunities for ChE to use their technical training in careers involving bioengineering.

  • 1.  Opportunities for ChE to use their technical training in careers involving bioengineering.

    Posted 05-19-2020 02:33
    We had some lively discussion on Vaccines for COVID-19. Chemical engineers are playing a vital role in the bio-pharmaceutical sector. I have recently come across some material which may be useful for aspiring Biochemical Engineers. Please check this link out:
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    I am of the considered opinion that a minimum introductory course on Life Sciences should be included in all ChE curricula. This will give a ChE the minimum knowledge to build a career (research/manufacturing) in the bio-pharmaceutical field. In addition those who have already decided on this career may be offered an elective in related advanced topics.

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    Vishwas Pangarkar PhD
    Retired Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India.
    Currently: Independent Chemical Engineering Academic/Professional.
    Nasik-422013, India.
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  • 2.  RE: Opportunities for ChE to use their technical training in careers involving bioengineering.

    Posted 05-20-2020 02:53
    Dear Professor Pangarkar,

    I heartily support your view. Chemical engineers with their skills in optimal control,  reaction kinetics and transport phenomena can find rich  new areas in biochemical engineer applications to life sciences.

    The only problem is in finding financial support.

    Best regards
    Ash Khan

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    Ashfaq Khan
    Research Engineer
    RMIT University, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, 124 La Trobe Street
    Victoria
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  • 3.  RE: Opportunities for ChE to use their technical training in careers involving bioengineering.

    Posted 05-21-2020 03:00
    Dr. Khan,
    I don't think that Funding will be a problem. Most Universities have Biochemistry/Microbiology departments The ChE Dept. can get faculty/laboratories from these departments to conduct both basic & advanced courses.

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    Vishwas Pangarkar PhD
    Retired Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India.
    Currently: Independent Chemical Engineering Academic/Professional.
    Nasik-422013, India.
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  • 4.  RE: Opportunities for ChE to use their technical training in careers involving bioengineering.

    Posted 05-20-2020 03:03
    Agreed with the view point of introductory courses on Life sciences in this regard in chemical engineering curriculum. As you are aware, elective subject of Biotechnology is already there in Chemical Engineering, in India.  But, unfortunately this field has not grown up in the desired direction, as it is supposed to be.

    Regards,

    Rama

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    KOTTI KUMAR
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    INDO GERMAN PETROCHEMICALS LIMITED
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