NEW YORK, NY — Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, TN, and Wacker Chemical Corp., Adrian, MI, have decided to collaborate on the initiative with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Eastman and Wacker will support AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative. Led by CCPS, the initiative seeks to ensure that all chemical engineering graduates possess a working knowledge of process safety principles, an area of instruction currently underdeveloped in most university undergraduate chemical curricula.
AIChE noted during the announcement that Eastman has a strong, historical commitment to safe and responsible engineering and was a founding corporate member of CCPS. Wacker, as part of its commitment to the program, will host a CCPS Faculty Process Safety Training Workshop at Wacker’s Charleston, TN, facility in July 2017.
The initiative was created to address the stated need of corporate leaders and engineers for young engineers that are better trained in process safety when they enter the workforce. Also, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology recently enacted standards requiring that process safety be a part of the chemical engineering curriculum. However, universities haven’t yet developed a standardized curriculum to meet the new requirement.
AIChE, New York, NY, is a professional society for chemical engineers around the world. CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. Eastman has sites and offices around the world and produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. Wacker is a globally active chemical group headquartered in Munich, Germany.