Teaching process modeling in chemical engineering

Perspectives from academia and industry

The current wave of digitalization initiatives in industry is putting pressure on chemical engineering faculties to revisit their undergraduate courses to ensure that their graduate engineers have the skillset required for the modern world.

The goal of this workshop is to help align the needs of industry and the teaching of core analytics technologies, in particular process modeling, in universities, with the aim of facilitating new graduates' effective transition into industry and research.

ExxonMobil, Eli Lily and PRAXAIR will give their perspectives on what skills they need from graduates, and universities such as Texas A&M and LSU will describe how they are teaching modeling in this 1-day workshop to be held on Thursday April 4, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

This will be followed with a preview of the modular set of undergraduate teaching material developed under the PATH initiative, a combined effort between leading industrial companies, universities in the U.S. and Europe, and modeling technology provider Process Systems Enterprise.


10:00 Opening & welcome
10:10 Mathematical process modeling past, present and future
Pieter Schmal, PSE
10:40 ExxonMobil – Rob Johnson
11:10 Break
11:25 Skills and fundamentals applied in the digital design of pharmaceutical products
Sal Garcia, Eli Lilly
11:55 Praxair – Yang Luo
13:25 Advanced Modeling and Optimization at Texas A&M
Texas A&M – Styliani Avraamidou
13:55 Louisiana State University
14:25 Rutgers University – Rohit Ramachandran
14:55 Break
15:10 PATH - PSE Academic Teaching Highway - why, what and how
Cristian Triana, Angela Sposito, PSE
15:40 Discussion
16:20 Closing
16:30 End

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