What are the skills you wished you learned in an undergraduate ChE program? I teach a course on process engineering in a specific industry for recent grads and would like a broader perspective.
Bruce, I am extremely interested in the response which you get to this thread. Two weeks ago at 6:37 AM on Thursday, Dec 5, the Chair of the Chemistry Department of the University of St. Thomas in Houston sent me an email asking me to teach a new master's degree course entitled "Analysis and Design of Chemical Processes" for a new degree program "Master of Science in Industrial and Process Chemistry" which was inaugurated this fall. There is no book nor lecture notes as this is the first time the degree and the course are being offered in the U.S. There are two universities in Asia that have a similar degree program.Prentice Hall sent me their "Publication Proposal" form a week ago and I returned 2 proposals at 10:45 PM this last Monday. The tentative names of the two books will be "Basic Principles and Calculations in Process Chemical Operations, Volume 1" and "Volume 2". Volume 1 will be based on my book Basic Principles and Calculations in Process Technology which is published by Prentice Hall. It was their Signing Editor, Bernard Goodwin, who plagiarized David Himmelblau's Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering book's name changing mine from "Applied Petrochemical Technology" as that name was just about the only objection from the reviewers of the book proposal.My thinking is that learning from our Process Engineering Discussion Group what we as Chemical Engineers wish we had learned as undergraduates will help me develop the above course and two other courses that are in the technical aspects of Gas Laws (PVT), Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Phase Equilibrium, Material Balances, Energy Balances, and the three areas of Transport Phenomena: Fluid Flow (Momentum), Heat Transfer and Mass Transfer (Diffusion, Distillation, Absorbers and Strippers). The analysis course starts this spring starts January 14 with my outline approved by the Chemistry Department Chair and will include chapters on Unit Operations, Process Flow Diagrams, Petroleum and Chemical Processing Plants, Process Control, Statistical Control Charts and Analysis, and finally Economic Analysis.For those who contribute their thoughts, I appreciate your 2 cents worth!