The world of Chemical Engineering is diverse – plastics, penicillin, polymer bank notes, the pill, petrochemicals – all owe their existence to the profession of Chemical Engineering.
For three days next week more than 300 delegates from 16 countries including Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the US and UK will meet at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) for Chemeca 2013.
This year’s event will see an impressive line-up of invited speakers including Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC who will deliver the opening address and special guest, former NASA astronaut and Dean of Engineering from Texas, Dr Al Sacca Jr, who flew as the payload specialist on a space shuttle flight on Columbia in 1995.
More than 150 presentations will cover a comprehensive range of topics including nanotechnology, food engineering, fuel and energy, minerals and materials, environment, water, sustainability and the economy. The plenary sessions of the conference include speakers from both industry and the research community on four key themes around innovation, industrial challenges, energy and the economy and education – addressing the evolving education expectations for those engineers entering industry and tackling tomorrow’s issues.
One of the highlights of the three day conference will be the Australia and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers Awards of Excellence, which recognise excellence and outstanding achievement in the field of Chemical Engineering and include the 2013 Chemeca Medallist.
A popular and recognised part of the conference program is the Chem-E-Car competition which invites high school and university under graduate students to design a complex chemical reaction that will power a small car over a specified distance. The engagement of current and potential chemical engineering students is a very important part of the structure and philosophy of the conference not to mention an entertaining and educating activity as well.
The 2013 conference is hosted jointly by Engineers Australia, The Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Australian Chemistry Institute and the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ. This community of chemical engineering believes Chemeca is unique in the world of conferences, bringing together academia, industry and professional bodies in recognition of achievements and advancements in technologies and to discuss and review the future of the profession.
According to Dr Marlene Kanga, National President Engineers Australia, Chemeca is the largest gathering of chemical engineers held each year, allowing leading minds from the discipline to come together and address some of the most pressing issues facing the future of the engineering profession. “This significant event offers delegates an opportunity to hear from industry luminaries presenting on the great advances and improved products within the chemical engineering space,” she says.