For many working chemical engineers, the question of how they became interested in that course of study and in that profession is often answered in the same way — “I was always good at chemistry and math, and at some point along the way, one of my teachers or my counselor suggested I consider studying chemical engineering in college.” Chemical engineering, and the related course of study biomolecular engineering (which integrates concepts of biological processes with traditional chemical engineering), can both be challenging majors in college, but students who are willing to pursue them will find a diverse range of career options and opportunities awaiting them. Today, chemical and biomolecular engineers are sought for their particular expertise and knowhow and their deep problem-solving skills in a range of traditional and non-traditional industries. These industries include chemicals and plastics production, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals discovery and production, food-and-beverage manufacturing, the discovery of more environmentally friendly industrial processes to minimize air, water and solid pollution and more. Chemical and biomolecular engineers are on the forefront of efforts to meet society’s big, global challenges, related to clean air and clean water, sustainable fuel and energy sources that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and more. If you have any students that have an interest in chemistry and math and are looking for a challenging yet rewarding career to pursue in college this might be a path to explore.
The recently published book, “Careers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,” by Vic Edwards and Suzanne Shelley (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2018), features 10 chapters that describe these two majors and the many rewarding career options and industries that welcome chemical and biomolecular engineers. Importantly, the book also includes in-depth, first-person-narrative profiles of 25 working chemical and biomolecular engineers — a diverse group of male and female, older and younger, black, white, Hispanic and Asian engineers — to give students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors an “up close and personal” view into the lives of people who have chosen these majors and are enjoying intellectually rigorous, socially conscious and highly lucrative careers, advancing along both technical and managerial tracks. They discuss their work and educational experiences (in terms of both triumphs and challenges), and share wisdom and recommendations for students pursuing these two dynamic disciplines.
This book is available in hard cover, soft cover, E-book purchase and E-book rental. Here is the link to share with your students: