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Words of encouragement for ChemE students

  • 1.  Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 30 days ago

    Between campus closures, suspended research, postponed graduation ceremonies, adapting to remote learning, and rescinded job and internship offers, many of our undergraduate student members are facing a number of new stressors on top of their already demanding coursework.  What words of encouragement would you say to a ChemE student to inspire or motivate them in the face of new challenges and uncertainty?

    We plan to share these messages with our student members throughout the world in the near future.


    Emily Miksiewicz
    Membership Associate, Student Programs
    New York, NY

  • 2.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 30 days ago
    I'd tell them this is the time for creativity, innovation, and test of perseverance. I'd recommend students to look at the current problems that the world is facing, from their local communities to the global scale, identify the areas that interest them the most, research into the problems, and develop potential solutions to solve these problems considering both short-term and long-term impacts. If they're able to connect with a local organization/group, they may be able to work with these local groups to pilot test the ideas and implement the most viable solution to the problem. In short, stay involved, stay knowledgeable, stay informed, and turn problems into opportunities, create solutions for a better future.

    Truc Ngo
    Professor and Chair
    University of San Diego
    San Diego CA

  • 3.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 29 days ago
    Students can focus on reading interesting subjects in Chemical Engineering and not looking for class room sessions. Every student will be more interested (or more inclined) in one or few subjects. Within friends, they can come to one understanding of learning few chapters in one subject and explain to the other student friends. Or they can form pools. Learning subject from friend is more easy.

    When I was a student in chemical engineering, we have followed this technique. (But there was no covid like situation at that time.) example: I used to read a chapter in Thermodynamics and used to explain to my friend and where as he used to read, ... like...  McCabe-Thiele Method in mass transfer etc and used to explain to me. Lecturers and senior students also may help them in case of any difficulties.

    This way learning is faster and fun.

    Students shall focus on health by eating proper food and having sleep at right time. Exercise like Yoga and Pranayama will help for maintaining physical and psychological parameters, which is more important at this juncture.

    Ex. Head Plant Operations

  • 4.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 15 days ago
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    Dear Students,

    Tips for current students and considering a career as a chemical/biochemical engineer are available with the attachment.

    Refer the answer for last question in all interviews mentioned in the attachment.

    Hope it will be useful to you.



    Ex. Leader - Plant Operations


  • 5.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 28 days ago
    My advice to new Chemical Engineering graduates is to stay calm, stay positive, keep your head up, and your ears open.  I would also tell them to imagine themselves 5, 10, 30 years from now and working as a chemical engineer and/or in a technical field.  With hindsight, they hopefully will understand that ups and downs are a part of life, and that patience is rewarded.  They will get through this.  They are mostly young and healthy, so at worst there will be a 'little time lost' at the start of their career.

    There have been other 'down' times, such as in 2009.  Or for us in our fifties, the 1980s were a rollercoaster with the economy and hiring of Chemical Engineers.  Many of us took indirect and winding paths to our current position, but we got there nonetheless.

    I'm especially interested and sympathetic to this question - my younger son just graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from a wonderful university.  He and many of his classmates are in the same situation, very little activity by prospective employers.  That said - their future is still bright!

    Rob Schaerfl
    Principal Engineer
    Evonik Industries
    Mobile AL

  • 6.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 28 days ago
    Some really great things come out of some really bad things.   

  • 7.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 28 days ago
    Stay in touch with your college recruiting office. I would hope that the pros there have some ways to provide assistance and support.

    Steve Cutchen
    Investigator, retired
    US Chemical Safety Board
    Houston TX

  • 8.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 28 days ago
    ​It is a good news for the undergraduate students throughout the world .

    Zhang Heping PE,CSP,CEng,IENG,SeniorEngi
    Project Manager&Deputy QHSE Director
    Wood China


  • 9.  RE: Words of encouragement for ChemE students

    Posted 17 days ago
    Focus your energies on identifying what opportunities and resources are still available and pursuing those and don't be afraid to think outside the box on this. As engineers, we will all be asked to do much with little - the advice I have on that front that helps me get through it is to find out the right things to focus on, so you don't get lost panicking about anything and everything. It's easier said than done, but if you keep that as your guiding light I hope it gives you a sense of clarity despite the murkiness we find ourselves in.

    I was unexpectedly laid off once, I'm not sure my job is safe for another month - uncertainty is an insidious type of stress, but I hope folks can take heart in this: life is a long term game, and you will make it through this if you keep your head and help each other out.

    Jayavignesh Arivalagan
    Process Engineer
    Phillipsburg NJ