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In 2003 the CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering) Corporation conducted a survey of recent graduates in chemical engineering from four universities to determine how that group used (or did not use) computing in performing their job. Since that time, there have been considerable changes in the field of information technology, hence it is appropriate now to assess how the general conclusions reached fifteen years ago have changed. It is also valuable to have such information in order to consider changes in the curriculum, especially with respect to the use of and instruction about computing. Therefore we have conducted a similar survey to the one used in 1997 and 2003.
This survey is in two parts. One part was emailed to engineers in the chemical industry to assess computing in industry, which resulted in 409 responses. Responses are separated by use of computers based on the highest chemical engineering degree. Questions range from the type of software used; did they write computer programs or did they primarily use computer applications. Questions on spreadsheets, process simulators, machine learning and statistics and data analytics are asked.
A second survey was emailed chemical engineering faculty to assess what computing tools are currently being taught and used in the chemical engineering curriculum at universities. This resulted in 154 responses from 70 chemical engineering departments. The survey sent to academics asked questions on the type of software that was used in specific courses; whether programming was being taught; was the use of software coordinated between classes. Additional questions on how was the software delivered to students, did the students take exams with computers using the software, and who prepared the tutorials to introduce the software to the students.
Hesketh, R. P., & Grover, M., & Silverstein, D. L. (2020, June), CACHE/ASEE Survey on Computing in Chemical Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34249
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