Chemical Engineering

Current Science Dependence

Chemistry
Medicine
Biology
Computer Science

Engineering Components

Bulk manufacture
The traditional purview of chemical engineering
Continued increases in efficiency of manufacturing
Economical ways to make new chemical products
Treatment Biological
Delivery of drugs in precise doses at precise sites <=> biomedical engineering
Treatment Non-Biological
Typically large volume treatment of chemical mishaps <=> environmental engineering

 

Likely Areas of Major Impact

Development

Positive Jobs Impact

Negative Jobs Impact

Economic ways to produce important chemicals, plastics - e.g. plastics

Increase in jobs to produce those chemicals.

Second order effect on ability to manufacturer products dependent on those products

Decrease in industry jobs as efficiency of existing processes decreases - unless counterbalanced by increased sales.

Continued improvements in ways to treat environmental toxins of varying sorts.

Increased jobs to implement the methods.

Update 10/19/97