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 skill set required for the modern world.

The main aim of this workshop is to determine how to address this challenge and facilitate new graduates' effective transition into industry and research. The immediate goals are:

  • to understand how current university teaching aligns with the rapidly-evolving needs of industry in the areas of process modelling, a key component of digital design, and identify where the gaps are, and
  • to present one of the initiatives aimed at addressing this challenge, the PATH materials for teaching of process modelling in undergraduate chemical engineering.


10:00 Registration
10:30 Opening & welcome
10:40 Digitalization in the process industries: capitalising on deep process knowledge
Prof. Costas Pantelides, PSE
11:10 Nuclear effluents modelling: Integration using advanced process modelling
Felipe Basaglia, Sellafield Ltd
11:40 Break
11:55 Process modelling and its wider role in programme optimization
Prof Scott Williamson-Owens, DBD International
12:25 The role of equation-oriented process simulation in teaching chemical engineering classes at UCL
Dr Federico Galvanin, University College London
12:50 Lunch
13:50 Teaching through doing: Unlocking process modeling skills in graduate students
Dr Shaun Galbraith, University of Massachusetts Lowell
14:15 Helping undergraduate students develop competence with Chemical Engineering modelling tools in an effective and coherent manner
Dr Daniel Belton, University of Huddersfield
14:40 Preparing students for 21st Century Chemical Industry
Dr Mo Zandi, University of Sheffield
15:05 Break
15:20 PSE Academic Teaching Highway - why, what and how, including feedback from 2018 pilots
Dr Cristian Triana, PSE
16:00 Discussion
16:50 Closing
17:00 End

PATH: The Process systems engineering Academic Teaching Highway

PATH (the Process Systems Engineering Academic Teaching Highway) is a joint initiative between PSE, University College London (UCL), industrial employers of chemical engineers including AstraZeneca, Procter & Gamble, ExxonMobil and DSM, and the academic community. It aims to align the teaching of process modelling and related digital design techniques in universities with the needs of industrial employers, through the development and provision of software-agnostic teaching materials suitable for incorporation into undergraduate courses. The initial materials have been piloted from the beginning of the September 2018 term.

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Date & Time

30 April 2019


University College London
Roberts Building
G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT in Roberts Building
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

There is no charge for this event.

Who should attend

The workshop is aimed at bringing together academia and industry. From academia, the workshop will benefit professors, lecturers and program directors responsible for establishing and delivering the chemical engineering curriculum. From industry, the workshop will benefit modelling and simulation managers and experts who employ recent graduates to apply their education in an industrial setting.