Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century Study


Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
Call for support for a new study


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are planning to conduct a study that will outline a vision for the chemical engineering discipline over the next 25 years, and are reaching out to the chemical engineering community both to participate in the study and to help support it.


In 1988, the National Academies laid out an important vision for the field. Frontiers in Chemical Engineering: Research Needs and Opportunities, also known as the “Amundson Report,” outlined a roadmap for turning promising research opportuni­ties into reality, while guiding university educational efforts to embrace new fron­tiers.  The study is widely recognized as having been a key driver for many advances in chemical engineering over the past 30 years.

Planning Team

Joan F. Brennecke, University of Texas

Jennifer Curtis, University of California, Davis

Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan

Alexander Orlov, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Joseph B. Powell, Shell

Phillip R. Westmoreland, North Carolina State University

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of California, Davis

University of Michigan

University of Texas at Austin

Colorado School of Mines

North Carolina State University

University of Houston

Northwestern University

University of California, Berkeley

University of Virginia

University of Arkansas

The Pennsylvania State University

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Notre Dame

Purdue University

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University at Buffalo

American Chemical Society 

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

The Procter & Gamble Company

Bristol-Myers Squibb

PPG Industries, Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company


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At a 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Roundtable, leaders from the chemical en­gineering profession reached a major conclusion: chemical engineering needs a new vision for the 21st century. The aspiration for a new report, Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportuni­ties, will be to articulate and transform the chemical engineering profession, guiding its vision of future research, innovation, and education.


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The National Academies are seeking support for this ambitious project from the chemical engineering commu­nity, including academia, industry, professional associations and societies, and individuals. The Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology is currently seeking about $500,000 in funds so that the study can commence. If your department, company, association, society, or other group would like to provide some of the budget for this study, please click the button below. (If for any reason this study does not go forward, contributors will be fully refunded.)