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The biggest things new CHE graduates should know

  • 1.  The biggest things new CHE graduates should know

    Posted 11-25-2019 11:15

    I teach process design, and want to make sure that my students are capable process engineers when they graduate – I'm here primarily to learn what's currently of interest to you based on what you discuss with each other. But I am curious: from a process engineering standpoint, what do you see as the biggest things new CHE graduates should know, but don't? It's been a long time since I worked principally as a process engineer!

    Stephen Thiel PE
    Professor - Educator
    University of Cincinnati
    Montgomery OH

  • 2.  RE: The biggest things new CHE graduates should know

    Posted 11-26-2019 07:41
    1. Industrial Exposure is the one of the biggest thing, due to the following :

    #They will get opportunity to see static equipment like Reactors, Distillation columns, vessels etc. Also, rotating equipment like pumps, blowers, turbines etc.

    #They can see the actual process conditions and understand better. 

    #They can calculate efficiencies... etc. 

    #See Electrical networks

    #Exposure to various instruments functioning like level, flow etc. Also to DCS

    This way all chemical engineering subjects will get covered and individual will develop interest in subjects.  They will appreciate better, 
    once they join industry. 

    2. Attitude is one of the important aspect, every student needs. 

    3. Understanding industrial culture.


    Rama Raghava Kumar Kotti

  • 3.  RE: The biggest things new CHE graduates should know

    Posted 11-27-2019 13:49
    This may not be the biggest thing, but here's an anecdote.  I went back to graduate school after a few years working in R&D with a master's degree.  I was TA for a process design course and was amazed to see that the professor was surprised when I showed him that compressors are much more efficient when staged with intercooling rather than using one big compression ratio.  When I thought about it, that was something I learned on the job, rather than in school.

    Stephen Lyke PE
    Consulting Engineer
    Self Employed
    Wilmington DE