Chemical Engineering's Professional Development Session
From Monday 1 to Tuesday 9 December, Monash University hosted a series of lectures, practical classes and seminars on topics spanning many subject areas that expand the current VCE and IB curricula. VCE and IB subject specialists were invited to a range of professional development sessions that:
- enabled Monash to share knowledge that is relevant to the VCE and IB curricula
- opened-up discussions in these areas between university academics, researchers and teachers.
Professor Paul Webley, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering ran a session titled "Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century". Since its inception in the classical chemical and petroleum industry in the early 1900's, Chemical Engineering has undergone a revolution. Chemical Engineers now face exciting challenges in providing sustainable energy, engineering new products at the nano-scale and producing new pharmaceuticals and bio-products based on genetic engineering. This session covered the role of chemistry, maths and physics in preparing the chemical engineer of tomorrow, showcasing examples of chemical engineering which can be integrated into current VCE teaching. Professor Webley’s presentation can be found here (pdf, 4mb).