Chapter 1. The Chemical Engineering Profession

Engineering is the art of organizing forces of technological change.

—Gordon Stanley Brown1

1. Former Dean of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an accomplished teacher, researcher, and administrator who influenced engineering education post World War II. Quotation source: Scalzo et al, Database Benchmarking: Practical Methods for Oracle and SQL Server, Rampant Techpress, Kittrell, NC, 2006.

Engineering, with its attractive salary and continued projected demand growth, is consistently ranked among the most desirable professions in various surveys and reports, such as the ones published by the U.S. News & World Report. Yet, only a little more than half of the students entering ...

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