“Dear Chemical engineers you are the New era champions”

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Chemical Engineering Overview


In a serial of articles I will try to give a comprehensive overview about chemical engineering field in general and how the modern chemical engineers shall be prepared to face the new era Energy demand, environmental pollution & CO2 emissions reduction, world famine and other challenges.

I hope this serial of articles helps the new and professional chemical engineers to develop their career and encourage them to keep developing and updating their knowledge to be added value team members in their companies and communities.

Part one: Chemical engineering field in general.

It would take too long to list all the products that are impacted by chemical engineers, but knowing what industries employ them may help you comprehend the scope of their work.

Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, polymers, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others. Within these industries, chemical engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, particularly chemistry, to overcome technical problems safely and economically. And, of course, they draw upon and apply their engineering knowledge to solve any technical challenges they encounter. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that chemical engineers only make things, though. Their expertise is also applied in the area of law, education, publishing, finance, and medicine, as well as many other fields that require technical training.

Specifically, chemical engineers improve food processing techniques, and methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available food and fight world hunger or famine. They also construct the synthetic fibers that make our clothes more comfortable and water resistant; they develop methods to mass-produce drugs, making them more affordable; and they create safer, more efficient methods of refining petroleum products, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective. They also develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation. And yes, they process chemicals, which are used to make or improve just about everything you see around you.

Chemical engineers face many of the same challenges that other professionals face, and they meet these challenges b applying their technical knowledge, communication and teamwork skills, the most up-to-date practices available, and hard work. Benefits include financial reward, recognition within industry and society, and the gratification that comes from working with the processes of nature to meet the needs of society.

In the coming part I will talk about the required skills for modern professional chemical engineers and how they could be geared to be the future champions.

Magdy Aly

Energy manager, Energy efficiency consultant Passionate to help others to save Energy and Environment.

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