Wednesday, 15 June 2016
This is something that I, and many others, have expressed concern about many times. So I was interested in an article in Elsevier's SciTech Connect, by Sean Moran "The Voice of Chemical Engineering".
Considering that many mineral processors, particularly in the Western World, are now taught in Chemical Engineering departments, his comments are sobering to say the least. He states things fairly strongly in his article, opining that the “Chemical Engineering” of academia has very little to do with the profession of that name any more. "As we have staffed our universities with people with no experience of the profession, this should come as no surprise to us. An undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering no more makes you a chemical engineer than a law degree makes you a barrister."
He goes on to say that "neither is there any such thing as a PhD in Chemical Engineering. All PhDs are in philosophy, irrespective of which department the candidate studies in. A PhD no more makes you a chemical engineer than a PhD in medical research makes you a doctor. Nor does carrying out research or teaching in a chemical engineering department make you a chemical engineer. It makes you an academic, doing the same job as the academics in the philosophy department. A real chemical engineer has an accredited postgraduate degree in chemical engineering, and a number of years of experience either designing or operating full-scale process plant."
Strong, provocative words, which I report with the hope that they will also provoke further discussion.