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Section V. The Impact of Chemical Engineering Design on Society

Section V. The Impact of Chemical Engineering Design on Society

Throughout this book, the focus has been on the role that a chemical engineer plays in the analysis, synthesis, and design of chemical processes. In this section, that role is put in the context of the profession of chemical engineering, which is defined by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as “the profession in which a knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and other natural science gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop economic ways of using materials and energy for the benefit of mankind.”

Far from being the “soft” side of engineering, the topics in this section are very much the crucial steps between a design in the mind of the engineer and the realization of a new or improved process or product in the service of humanity. In the past 30 years, the importance of the impact of chemical engineering design on society in terms of how the chemical process industry and chemical engineers are viewed has increased dramatically. No longer is being a “good engineer” defined by one’s ability to solve complicated process problems correctly. Instead, a company’s reputation and success are often measured in terms of its track record in operating environmentally friendly processes, its ability to find innovative solutions to existing prob....


  

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