A dialogue on the future of chemical engineering education

A research article published in the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering documents the findings of a dialogue on chemical engineering education held between Pranav Chintalapati (University of British Columbia), Greg Evans (University of Toronto), Derek Gladwin (UBC), Marnie Jamieson (University of Alberta), and Naoko Ellis (UBC). The scholars discuss the state of play in chemical engineering education, including the new complexities posed by artificial intelligence and the pressing societal needs related to the energy transition and sustainability. The article concludes that solutions to these issues require more than just one technological innovation and necessitate the blurring of traditional disciplinary boundaries. Still, the article maintains that “while the traditional identity of a chemical engineer may be dissolving […] knowledge and perspectives related to chemical engineering remain essential to technological and societal advancement.”