Purdue Today

September 21, 2009

Symposium to draw top chemical engineers

Purdue's School of Chemical Engineering is holding a national symposium on the future of chemical engineering Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24-25) in Forney Hall. The free symposium will include talks on subjects ranging from health care to renewable energy, nanotechnology to higher education.

Educators and industry officials will discuss chemical engineering's rapid expansion into new areas and potential changes in teaching approaches, methods and curriculum.

"As research institutions, we need to determine where our creative efforts will have the most impact in satisfying the needs of society, while living in harmony with the environment," said Arvind Varma, Purdue's R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and head of the School of Chemical Engineering. "A partnership between industry, research and educators will be needed to develop feasible and successful solutions to critical issues."

The keynote speaker is Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of UOP LLC, which supplies equipment and services to the petroleum industry. He will discuss future challenges posed by the anticipated growth in demand for petroleum over the next 20 years.

Varma will give an introduction at 1 p.m. Thursday, and discussions on energy will be held from 1:30 to 3:15, pharmaceutical and healthcare engineering from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and the keynote talk at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, participants will discuss issues related to education from 10:45 to 12:15.

More information is available from Cristina Farmus at 49-40027 or cfarmus@purdue.edu, and by visiting https://engineering.purdue.edu/ChE/index.html.