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  • 1.  Softwares/Applications

    Posted 07-02-2020 09:02
    Hi! Do you happen to know any best (and free) softwares or applications for undergrad Chemical Engineering?

    Niño Matthew Magsano

    Las Piñas City

  • 2.  RE: Softwares/Applications

    Posted 07-02-2020 09:20
    Hello Niño, how are you? I hope you're well and safe during these challenging times!

    This question is very broad, and the answer could be multiple. It would be interesting to have a focus on a specific area of your interest, so you can develop the necessary skills for your future job. For example, it doesn't make sense to learn machine learning if you want to be a process engineer.

    That being said, I would suggest you a few things:

    • A month ago I replied a post about process simulation softwares. You could check it here;
    • If you want to be a researcher in the future, I believe there are some important softwares/programming languages you should know, at least the basics: MATLAB, SCILAB, OCTAVE, python, maybe R, etc;
    • I definitely recommend you learning python. Even if you don't use it in your daily life as a researcher, it can be a powerful help to save time automating boring stuff. There's an excellent course in udemy called "Automate the boring stuff with python programming" for free this month. If you want to be redirected to udemy's website to see the course, with the applied coupon, click here;
    • I think every one should know at least the basics of Microsoft Office, for general use. For engineers, specially, I believe we should all learn well Excel, VBA so it can help us in calculations and fast sheets management, but I believe having a good understanding of the whole package is a game changer for a professional;

    Even though Microsoft Office is not free, you can enjoy the trial version of the program and think about buying it in the future or other things in the future. Also, you should check with your university if they have a student license for the program. Also, there are some cool courses in Udemy talking about these subjects. even though they're not free, usually they have great discounts and you can buy them for less than 15 bucks. Perhaps you should consider it if you want to improve in a specific knowledge, and they also give you a certificate, so you could "prove" you did it. Some recruiters consider it.

    I wish you the best in your learning path, and later tell us about what you used, opinion etc! I wish you the best.

    Best regards,

    Bruno Neves
    Student Chapter President at AIChE UFRJ
    Latin America Regional Liaison - ESC
    Publications Subcommittee/Student Central - ESC
    Chemical Engineering Undergraduate - UFRJ
    Rio De Janeiro - Brazil