From: Victor Edwards <m2vhe**At_Symbol_Here**ATT.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Advice for a new chemical engineer
Date: Wed, 29 May 2019 22:28:31 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Thanks for seeking advice for your nephew, a young chemical engineer, on educational resources with an emphasis on engineering for process  plants, with an emphasis on process safety.. As a 50 year member of both AIChE and ACS, I urge him  to consider joining both. The Safety and Health Division of AIChE sponsors the three day annual Global Congress on Process Safety at  the Spring AIChE Meeting. One track in the Global Congress is Process Safety Management Mentoring, which is intended to train people like your nephew. The AIChE Center has for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) has already published more than 100 books on all aspects of Process Safety (Which is the specialty that aims preventing fire, explosions, and toxic gas releases in Process plants). And AIChE offers many good short courses and webinars on a variety of subjects.
Chemical Processing magazine is free to industry professionals and  emphasizes safe and economical plant operations. CP also  offers numerous free on-line webinars and white papers. Other good magazines that cover plant operations include Chemical Engineering, Hydrocarbon Processing, Chemical and Engineering News, and Chemical Engineering Progress.

Finally, I recommend my new book with Suzanne Shelley entitled "Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering". The book outlines where most chemical engineers work, what types of work they do, and how much they are paid. It also gives an overview of some of the principles of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
We include People Magazine- type stories from our interviews of 25 outstanding engineers, who were chosen to illustrate a wide variety of careers. In addition to sharing their roles and experience, they also offer guidance for young people.

The book is available in a number of paper and electronic formats from the  publisher , CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. It is also available from Amazon and from Barnes and Noble.

Best wishes for the success of your nephew in his engineering career.

Victor H. (Vic) Edwards, PhD, PE
VHE Technical Analysis
Houston, TX

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On May 28, 2019, at 3:55 PM, Meschewski, Brian D <bmesche2**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

I do not have experience with them, but the AIChE might be a good place to look. They offer a continuing education certificate program that might be beneficial:


Brian Meschewski, CCHO

Research Safety Professional

Division of Research Safety

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign




From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU> On Behalf Of David C. Finster
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:58 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Advice for a new chemical engineer


I have a nephew who recently finished his MS in chemical engineering.  He has taken a job with a medium-size technical consulting firm and part of his responsibilities will be working with teams where his role will be to examine the "big picture" of suggested plant renovations that includes issues of safety.  He and I chatted quite a bit about this and I suggested to him that joining a professional organization, or two, would be a very wise move.  I opined about the value of the D-CHAS list serve and suggested that organizations (perhaps more targeted towards chemical engineers) might have similar resources.  How would you advise him?




David C. Finster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Wittenberg University



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