CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering) promotes the development and distribution of technology based materials and software in chemical engineering education through projects applying computational chemical engineering, sponsoring conferences, recognizing outstanding contributions, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education.
Creation of the CACHE Corporation
Who Is CACHE?
CACHE is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1969 as a facilitator of new initiatives in chemical engineering education. CACHE activities are directed by an elected Board of Trustees drawn from academia and industry. We assemble talent from across the community into “task forces” that are charged to grow and advance computation in chemical engineering education. Task forces develop, update, or review ChE tools for software, case studies, molecular modeling, systems biology, and energy. Always evolving, task forces are formed and disbanded according to trends in the field.
What does CACHE Do?
Awards. CACHE fosters advancements in ChE computing by recognizing significant contributors. CACHE sponsors three major awards: the ASEE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education; the AIChE CAST Division Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education; and the AIChE Evans Award for Chemical Engineering Practice.
Conferences. CACHE is a leading sponsor of chemical engineering conferences. Areas of interest include chemical process operations (FOCAPO, since 1987), design (FOCAPD, since 1983), and control (CPC, since 1986); molecular modeling (FOMMS, since 2000); and systems biology and engineering (FOSBE, since 2005). Although primarily research-oriented, CACHE conferences ensure that some element of ChE education is addressed. CACHE strives for affordable registration fees enabling participation by graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty. These popular conferences have a strong international participation and some are now held in Europe and Asia. Proceedings from all of the conferences are distributed free of charge to each CACHE-supporting member.
Teaching Resources. CACHE develops computer-based educational materials to promote innovation in chemical engineering education. Recent developments include downloadable modules in fuel-cell technology, in bio-systems, in energy, and in molecular origins of macroscopic behavior. In addition, CACHE offers short courses on new curriculum teaching aids, e.g., in product design, in systems biology, and in energy. We are working to better disseminate best practices for ABET student outcome assessment and implementation of continuous improvement practices.
Products. CACHE brings process modeling software into the curriculum and ultimately professional ChE practice. For example, CACHE is instrumental in the development and dissemination of software such as POLYMATH for solving ChE homework problems and ChemSep for separations courses. CACHE-supported software is currently used by more than 100 ChE departments worldwide. CACHE co-sponsors a national AIChE student chapter competition that grants prizes for the design and development of a mobile app.
Dissemination. CACHE provides reliable routes to communicate advances in chemical engineering education. We publish a semi-annual newsletter describing recent developments and we have established a comprehensive web site for chemical engineering education. The site hosts content solicited from a large number of chemical engineering faculty to share with their colleagues around the world, especially young faculty to help them disseminate new educational materials. CACHE also provides a low-cost, web-based method for advertising faculty openings and identifying faculty candidates called cachet.
Academic Affiliates Program
Industrial Affiliates Program
The Industrial Affiliates Program provides an opportunity for industry to provide input on such issues as the computational competency of newly graduated students, and on chemical engineering educational software for academia and industry. Participants may work with leading researchers and educators to develop and evaluate new educational materials, serve on CACHE Task Forces, organize conferences, and generally support the ongoing work of CACHE. Direct involvement with leading edge researchers is a major advantage for affiliates. If you would like more information on the Industrial Affiliates Program, please fill out this form. This link will open a new window. After you have submitted the Information Request Form, simply close the window to return to this page.
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