276398 Reflections On 50 Years in Chemical Engineering!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 8:30 AM
401 (Convention Center )
William B. Krantz, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Reflecting on 50 Years in Chemical Engineering!

William B. Krantz

This presentation will review the somewhat circuitous path traversed by the speaker during the 50 years since he received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Although this paper is being presented in a session sponsored by AIChE's  Separations Division, the speaker spent the first 20 years of his professional life working in fluid mechanics, interfacial science, synfuels, and self-organization in nature. He initiated a research program in membrane science during the middle age of his professional life. This progression does not seem particularly logical and most certainly was in no way premeditated. As many of us have found in our life, we sometimes end up doing what we are doing by way of earlier decisions that we did not think were all that important at the time. This presentation will try to show how the threads that weave together the fabric of one's professional life somehow come together, sometimes almost accidentally.

This presentation will also serve as an introduction to some of the other speakers in these sessions, some who are former students and others who are professional colleagues with whom the speaker has interacted in some capacity. This reflection on 50 years in chemical engineering hopefully will acknowledge appropriately the wonderful influence my former students and colleagues have had on my professional life. Hopefully this presentation will be inspirational for young people in that it provides a datum point from one person's professional life that underscores the opportunities that a career in chemical engineering provides.


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See more of this Session: Session I In Honor of Prof William Krantz
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