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IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

  • 1.  IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 14 days ago
    Edited by Kirsten Rosselot 13 days ago
    I'm suffering from a case of institute envy.  IChemE and a bunch of other engineering organizations have partnered with the Royal Academy of Engineering with the ambition of becoming "a trusted partner for policymakers, enabling them to access excellent engineering expertise, for social and economic benefit."  See https://www.icheme.org/media/12251/engineering-priorities-for-our-future-economy-and-society_icheme.pdf

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    -Kirsten

    Kirsten Rosselot
    Process Profiles
    Calabasas, CA United States
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  • 2.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    Posted 12 days ago
    Kirsten, IChemE should be envying AIChE instead. They may have the ambition, but AIChE has been doing this very thing for a long time.
    • First, AIChE does direct interaction in the U.S. with agencies, lawmakers, and staffers. Our aide in these activities is Dr. Kristin A. Bennett of KBScience, who is our contracted representative in Washington. She helps disseminate AIChE-developed information and policies. She also helps keep us aware of breaking changes and needs. AIChE also arranges Congressional briefings and participates in collective activities like the United Engineering Foundation's Engineering Public Policy Symposium and the annual American Association of Engineering Societies' NAE Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies, both held in Washington.
    • Second, AIChE is deeply involved already with the U.S. National Academies. The National Academies of Sciences (1863), Engineering (1964), and Medicine (1974) were established by Congress to be "a private, nongovernmental institution to advise the nation on issues related to science and technology." That advice largely comes from NASEM's hundreds of study committees and their peer-reviewed reports. AIChE is well represented in NASEM by our participating members, including members of NAE's Section 3 (Chemical Engineering), headed by Ignacio Grossmann, and NAE's new president (2019-2025) is chemical engineer John Anderson.
    • Of particular note, NASEM's Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology has just begun a study on the future directions of chemical engineering. This activity was initiated in 2016 by AIChE's Research and New Technologies Committee under Alex Orlov with seed funding from the AIChE Foundation. Now that the study is underway, AIChE is a co-sponsor. All AIChE members will have chances to participate through Town Halls at our national meetings. As a first step, I encourage everyone to fill out the study's initial fact-finding survey on the needs of the chemical engineering community.


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    Phillip Westmoreland FAIChE
    Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    North Carolina State University
    Raleigh NC
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  • 3.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi, Phillip.  Has AIChE done anything to educate policymakers about the solid foundation that climate science is built on and about the perils of climate change?  This matters.

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    -Kirsten

    Kirsten Rosselot
    Process Profiles
    Calabasas, CA United States
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  • 4.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 11 days ago

    "Survey on the needs of the chemical engineering community"?  That's an odd way to announce it:  buried Phillip Westmoreland's reply to a post on a different subject in AIChE Engage.

    I do not recall hearing of this "future directions of chemical engineering" initiative or the survey until that reply, yet I like to think of myself as having a better-than-average connection with AIChE.   My definition of "better-than-average connection?"  I attend and present at local section events.  I attend and present at national meetings.  I've been an active participant (attendee, presenter, organizer) in our Process Development Symposium off-and-on since its inception in 2003.  I read CEP every month.  I read the emails from AIChE Engage almost every morning.  So, why have I not heard of this initiative?  And if I haven't heard of it, probably most other members have not heard of it either.  Until I saw your post, I certainly had not been asked to participate in the survey.

    Before sending this post, I thought I'd better check the AIChE website to see if I missed something.  A search on "survey" brings up many items, some with the not-too-compelling title of "webform," but nothing on a survey on the needs of the chemical engineering community.

    If AIChE wants members to take the survey, then I feel that AIChE should ask the members for it in a much more obvious way than in this reply to a post on AIChE Engage.

    Also, Phillip Westmoreland's post says that "All AIChE members will have chances to participate through Town Halls at our national meetings."  What fraction of our membership have the opportunity to attend our national meetings?  Is that fraction an appropriate representation of the needs and interests of all AIChE members?  And how is AIChE going to actively solicit input from members who cannot or do not attend our national meetings?  Is this an opportunity to engage the local sections and virtual section?

    I know that if I had known about this initiative and survey, I probably would have structured the Interactive Session that I ran at the 2019 Process Development Symposium to explore the initiative and get attendee input for AIChE.  Missed opportunity, especially since the 2019 PDS theme was "Developing Processes for Today and Tomorrow."

    Getting back to the original post, I have no personal information to compare IChemE and AIChE.  It may be interesting, though, to compare and contrast the experiences of both organizations on getting input from their membership.



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    Aaron Sarafinas
    Principal
    Sarafinas Process & Mixing Consulting LLC
    Warminster PA
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  • 5.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    Posted 10 days ago
    Aaron, you haven't been left out of anything -- it's very new news. I got an email from my department head with the announcement.  
    Just yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) announced the launch and chair of a new consensus study, Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities. The chair is chemical engineer Dr. Eric Kaler, President Emeritus of the University of Minnesota.
    For the announcement itself, see <http://nas-sites.org/dels/studies/chemical-engineering-in-the-21st-century-challenges-and-opportunities/>.
    BTW, the study leaders have asked for volunteers to host Town Halls around the country, in addition to AIChE national meetings. I've been active in my local sections for 45 years, and I'm very conscious that many members are unable to participate in the AIChE national meetings. AIChE will no doubt disseminate the information widely.
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    Phillip R. "Phil" Westmoreland, 2013 AIChE President
    Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NCSU
    2036 Engineering Building I, Box 7905; NCSU; Raleigh, NC 27695-7905
    All email in connection with State business is subject to the NC Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.






  • 6.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 8 days ago
    Looking forward to AIChE's communication to the members on what input they want from us regarding the future directions of chemical engineering.  Thanks for letting us know that this is very new news, Phil.  Maybe at Town Meeting hosted by each local section would be appropriate.

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    Aaron Sarafinas
    Principal
    Sarafinas Process & Mixing Consulting LLC
    Warminster PA
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  • 7.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    Posted 7 days ago
    Hi,

    You may be familiar with this; Just in case you were not familiar,


    You may be interested in the report titled "Chemical Engineering
    Academia-Industry Alignment:
    Expectations about New Graduates"
    An NSF-Sponsored Study
    led by the
    American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

    Regards,
    Pavan.

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    Pavan Kumar Naraharisetti
    Assistant Professor
    Newcastle University in Singapore
    Singapore
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  • 8.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 7 days ago
    The report on Academia-Industry Alignment Expectations about New Graduates can be downloaded at https://www.aiche.org/sites/default/files/docs/conferences/2015che_academicindustryalignmentstudy.compressed.pdf
    Thanks for reminding us of it, Pavan.

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    Aaron Sarafinas
    Principal
    Sarafinas Process & Mixing Consulting LLC
    Warminster PA
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  • 9.  RE: IChemE and policy vs. AIChE and policy

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 6 days ago
    I hope everyone takes the survey that Phillip provided the link to:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5106532/Chemical-Engineering-Study-Survey

    It's only three questions long and it is the third question that is most important because it's about the future.
    1. The first question is about the impact of a 31-year-old report on chemical engineering in the 21st century.  If you aren't familiar with the contents of that report or its impact, it's fine to put "no idea" or something similar. 
    2. The second question is "how has the field of chemical engineering evolved over the last 30 years."  Obviously, many of us are not in a position to answer that question. 
    3. The third question is "What topics would be essential for the committee to consider [as they frame the needs for their upcoming study of the current state of the chemical engineering discipline and provide a compelling vision for the future of the field]?"


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    -Kirsten

    Kirsten Rosselot
    Process Profiles
    Calabasas, CA United States
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