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New chemical enginer help please

  • 1.  New chemical enginer help please

    Posted 07-08-2020 18:12
    Edited by Daniel Batista 07-08-2020 18:20
    My name is Daniel Batista ( you can call me Daniel if you want...),  I am a studend from University of Coimbra , located in Portugal and I was wondering if you could help me.

    I recently  started studying chemical engineer, I am still learning basic stuff like maths and physics.

    So, I still don't know much about what exactly means to be a chemical  engineer, so I decided to crete an account at AiChE hoping to broaden my learning horizons.

    One of  my questions is  do you  have any tips for new students/future chemical engineers, also perharps some reading suggestions?

    Also it may sound silly, but I am the kind of person who thinks ahead when it comes to my future job, so I was wondering if you also have any suggestion of extra skills that might be good to acquire or ways to learn and develop new skills that might impersionate future employers?

    Daniel Batista
    Coimbra, Portugal.

  • 2.  RE: New chemical enginer help please

    Posted 07-08-2020 19:47
    Hello Daniel, how are you? I hope you're safe and well during these challenging times!

    I imagine how you must be feeling. I must say the chemical engineering field is really broad, and there are a lot of possible ways you can follow! Personally, I'm still discovering it myself, and I'm loving every part of it! I'm sure the AIChE Community, whether it's through AIChE Engage, the student chapters or the ChEnected blog, will be able to help you discover it!

    About tips.. I'm not sure if it would be specifically to a chemical engineering undergrad, but rather to any student: start exercising leadership since the beggining! And, also, discover all the possibilities your university has to offer: student chapter, junior company, competition teams etc. I believe that being open-minded to opportunities and accepting challenger will be the real deal.

    Also, about extra skills, I believe that not only the future professional should have some technical skills, but most importantly he should definitely have strong soft skills: knowing how to communicate. I suggest you seeing this post so you can learn more.

    Also, to make the most out of the student central, I strongly suggest you reading the lasts post/searching in the forum a topic that interests you. Sometimes someone has already brought up the same doubt you were going to ask! This will save time for you and also make the experience on the forum the best possible, without flooding the channel.

    I wish you the best, and if you have any other doubts don't hesitate to ask me! Feel free to message or email me. Even if you want to speak portuguese hehe!

    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

  • 3.  RE: New chemical enginer help please

    Posted 07-10-2020 00:53
    Daniel Batista, I am a senior chemical engineer at the university of Massachusetts at Lowell. The most important thing I can say is to figure out if you would like to focus on a specific topic within chemical engineering as this can be very important for when you graduate. What I mean by this is, are you interested in biological products, nanotechnology, industrial petrochemicals, and many more fields?  Explore what different fields have to offer to and, see if you want to stay the general track that your university offers, or if you should specialize to work in a more refined field of chemical engineering. As a heads up chemical engineers spend a lot of time designing processes/improving processes. We still use chemistry but not as much as you would think a chemical engineer would use chemistry! Most of this is from personal experience I hope this helps you on your journey to getting your degree.

    Troy Oltsch
    Kingston NH