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Changing Face of Chemical Engineering Education

Northeastern University to host panel

Northeastern University

WHAT: Northeastern University's Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing (CAMMP), a NASA Space Partnership Development Center, will host experts from the United States, South Africa and the Pacific Rim to discuss "The Changing Face of Chemical Engineering Education World-wide"

WHY: Chemical Engineering education is at a crossroads. With biotechnology continuing to flourish and nanotechnology set to explode, colleges and universities must adapt their curriculum to ensure that graduates are receiving an education that qualifies them to work in this rapidly changing field. But how best to do so? In an increasingly global economy, does the world view that the U.S. has little idea of what is going on outside its own borders when it comes to chemical engineering education matter? Is it true? These questions and many others will be addressed by our distinguished panel.

WHO: Al Sacco, Jr. (moderator)
Director of CAMMP, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

Robert Armstrong
Chevron Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering, M.I.T.

David Wood
Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne

Chris Albertyn
Former President of the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2005
6:00-9:00 PM

WHERE: Raytheon Amphitheater, 240 Egan Research Center
120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115


About Northeastern
Northeastern University, located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, is a world leader in practice-oriented education and recognized for its expert faculty and first-rate academic and research facilities. Northeastern integrates challenging liberal arts and professional studies with the nation's largest cooperative education program. Through co-op, Northeastern undergraduates alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, giving them nearly two years of professional experience upon graduation. The majority of Northeastern graduates receive a job offer from a co-op employer. Cited for excellence four years running by U.S. News & World Report, Northeastern has quickly moved up into the top tier rankings - an impressive 35 spots in four years. In addition, Northeastern was named a top college in the 2006 edition of the Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" issue. For more information, please visit

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