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Summer 2023 Newsletter

About CACHE: CACHE (Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering) is a pioneering initiative committed to revolutionizing chemical engineering education worldwide. Established in 1969, CACHE is a non-profit staffed by Chemical Engineering volunteers (principally its Board of Trustees) and has been at the forefront of developing innovative computer-based tools and resources that enhance learning, research, and collaboration within the field.

Our Mission: At CACHE, our mission is to bridge the gap between theory and practice in chemical engineering education. We aim to equip students, educators, and researchers with cutting-edge computational tools and simulations to foster a deeper understanding of complex chemical processes and phenomena.

FOMMS 2024 (CACHE-Sponsored Conference)

Jim Pfaendtner

Sunday, September 10, 2023

FOMMS 2024 The Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation (FOMMS) meeting will be held July 28 to August 1 at Snowbird Resort in Snowbird, UT.

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Anastasio, Bodnar, Burkey, and Cooper win the CACHE-Sponsored David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education recognizes an individual or group making new and novel contributions to computer aids for chemical engineering education.

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Updates to the CACHE Teaching Resources Center

John Falconer

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Significant improvements have been made to the CACHE Teaching Resources Center (TRC) ( in the last year.

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FOPAM 2023 (CACHE Sponsored Conference)

Phil Westmoreland

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

AI and analytics-aided decision-making are becoming well established in the process industries, new tools and applications are appearing, and savvy users are a key to advancing them.

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Empower Engineers in Analytics and Machine Learning with Education and Workforce Development

John Hedengren

Saturday, August 5, 2023

At the recent FOPAM conference, an insightful session shed light on the evolving landscape of The Past and Future of Process/Product Analytics & Machine Learning, including Education and Workforce Development.

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FOCAPD 2024 (CACHE Sponsored Conference)

Monday, July 3, 2023

We are excited to announce that the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design (FOCAPD) 2024 abstract submission system is now open. FOCAPD 2024 will be held July 14-18, 2024, at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. Deadline to Submit Abstracts: Friday, September 15, 2023 

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AVN CTO Jack Dever wins the CACHE-Sponsored Lawrence B. Evans Award in Chemical Engineering Practice


Friday, August 25, 2023

Dr. John “Jack” Dever, chief technology officer and executive vice president of AVN, was selected as the recipient of the 2023 Lawrence B. Evans Award in Chemical Engineering Practice, a CACHE-sponsored annual award recognizes an individual for substantial lifetime achievement in one or more aspects of industrial chemical engineering practice.

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CACHE Trustee Warren Seider Is AIChE’s 2023 Founders Award Recipient

Gordon Ellis

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The 2023 Founders Award recipient is Dr. Warren D. Seider, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Seider is being recognized for his pioneering contributions in chemical engineering research and education spanning six decades.

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CACHE Trustee Phil Westmoreland receives the 2023 F. J. and Dorothy Van Antwerpen Award for Service to AIChE

N.C. State Engineering Communications

Monday, June 26, 2023

Professor Phil Westmoreland has received the 2023 F. J. and Dorothy Van Antwerpen Award for Service to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award, “Recognizes a chemical engineer for outstanding contributions and service to the Institute.

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Welcome to the 5 new CACHE trustees who joined in 2023!

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

John Hedengren (Brigham Young University), Conchita Jimenez-Gonzalez (GSK), Jim Pfaendtner (N.C. State University), Cristina Thomas (3M, retired), and Victor Zavala (University of Wisconsin) joined the CACHE Board of Trustees in 2023.

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Thank You to the CACHE Trustees who retired in 2022 (Reklaitis, Kofke, Golab, and Burka)!

Phil Westmoreland and Jonathan Moore

Friday, December 9, 2022

Four CACHE Trustees (Rex Reklaitis, Dave Kofke, Joe Golab, and Maria Burka) retired from the Board in 2022. The organization is very grateful for their many years of service!

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Celebrating Tom Edgar’s 50 Years of Contributions to Education, Research, and Service

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Former CACHE Trustee and long-time CACHE Executive Officer, Tom Edgar was recently honored in a celebration for his contributions over 50 years to education, research, and service.

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CACHE Trustee Jean Tom to join the University of Virginia's chemical engineering department as visiting faculty for spring 2024

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Tom will retire at the end of 2023 from her position as the executive director of development engineering in Chemistry Process Development at Bristol Myers Squibb to take on her new role in January 2024.

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Kitchin to receive Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education

Monday, July 10, 2023

Prof. John Kitchen (Carnegie Mellon) will receive the award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering Education from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The citation for Kitchin's award reads: "For contributions in computing education in chemical engineering through the creation of open-source Python libraries and course materials, social media, and scientific publishing tools."

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CACHE Trustee Eva Sorensen honored for her services to chemical engineering education

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Prof. Eva Sorensen was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in King Charles’ first Birthday Honours for outstanding services to Education and Chemical engineering.

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CACHE Trustee and Secretary Mario Eden appointed dean of Auburn's College of Engineering

Friday, April 14, 2023

Eden began serving in his new role effective May 15, 2023.

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CACHE trustee Jim Pfaendtner named Dean of the College of Engineering at N.C. State

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Prior to joining N.C. State, Jim served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington.

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CACHE Trustee Francis J. Doyle III appointed provost of Brown University

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Francis J. Doyle III, CACHE trustee since 1999 and former CACHE President (2008-2009), has been appointed provost of Brown University.

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Recent Journal Articles

The Integrative Approach of Learning Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics by Using Simulation-Based Exercises
Krunal J. Suthar, Milind H. Joshipura
Education for Chemical Engineers
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Enhancement of efficiency of the training process with the use of digital technologies
Roman Barashkin, Aynagul Nurguatova, Pavel Kalashnikov, Dinara Taktasheva, Anton Tupysev
Education for Chemical Engineers
Monday, September 4, 2023
A Digital-Twin Approach to Distillation Control Education
Isuru A. Udugama, Michael A. Taube and Brent Young
The Chemical Engineer
Thursday, August 31, 2023
An interactive graph resource for chemical engineering teaching
Thomas L. Rodgers, Philip Bolton, Percy van der Gryp
Education for Chemical Engineers
Monday, August 28, 2023
SPyCE: A Structured and Tailored series of Python Courses for (Bio)Chemical Engineers
Fiammetta Caccavale, Carina L. Gargalo, Krist V. Gernaey, Ulrich Krühne
Education for Chemical Engineers
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Designing an Open-Source Interactive Simulation of Stokes’ Law
Shane V. Crowley
Journal of Chemical Education
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Using PharmaPy with Jupyter Notebook to teach digital design in pharmaceutical manufacturing
Daniel J. Laky, Daniel Casas-Orozco, Mesfin Abdi, Xin Feng, Erin Wood, Gintaras V. Reklaitis, Zoltan K. Nagy
Computer Applications in Engineering Education
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Generative AI in Education and Research: Opportunities, Concerns, and Solutions
Eman A. Alasadi and Carlos R. Baiz
Journal of Chemical Education
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Spreadsheet to illustrate the application of relaxation methods for multicomponent distillation separations
Amparo Gómez-Siurana, Alicia Font-Escamilla
Education for Chemical Engineers
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Wooclap for improving student achievement and motivation in the Chemical Engineering Degree
Irene Moreno-Medina, Manuel Peñas-Garzón, Carolina Belver, Jorge Bedia
Education for Chemical Engineers
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Shortcomings of ChatGPT
Julian Tyson
Journal of Chemical Education
Thursday, July 6, 2023
Student experiences from virtual reality-based chemistry laboratory exercises
Panu Viitaharju, Minna Nieminen, Jarno Linnera, Kirsi Yliniemi, Antti J. Karttunen
Education for Chemical Engineers
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Numerical Problem Solving across the Curriculum with Python and MATLAB Using Interactive Coding Templates
Austin N. Johns, Robert P. Hesketh, Matthew D. Stuber, and Ashlee N. Ford Versypt
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Impact of Jupyter Notebook as a tool to enhance the learning process in chemical engineering modules
J. Bascuñana, S. León, M. González-Miquel, E.J. González, J. Ramírez
Education for Chemical Engineers
Monday, June 5, 2023
Digital tools in chemical engineering education: The needs and the desires
Isuru A. Udugama, Martin Atkins, Christoph Bayer, James Carson, Duygu Dikicioglu, Krist V. Gernaey, Jarka Glassey, Matthew Taylor, Brent R. Young
Education for Chemical Engineers
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Exploring the use of large language models in chemical engineering education: Building core course problem models with Chat-GPT
Meng-Lin Tsai, Chong Wei Ong, Cheng-Liang Chen
Education for Chemical Engineers
Monday, May 8, 2023
eChem: A Notebook Exploration of Quantum Chemistry
Thomas Fransson, Mickael G. Delcey, Iulia Emilia Brumboiu, Manuel Hodecker, Xin Li, Zilvinas Rinkevicius, Andreas Dreuw, Young Min Rhee, and Patrick Norman
Journal of Chemical Education
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Jupyter Notebooks for the study of advanced topics in Fluid Mechanics
Robert Castilla, Marta Peña
Computer Applications in Engineering Education
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Quantifying deliberate practice using auto-graded questions: Analyzing multiple metrics in a chemical engineering course
Kayla E. Chapman, Megan E. Davidson, Nneka Azuka, Matthew W. Liberatore
Computer Applications in Engineering Education
Monday, February 13, 2023
MATLAB applications for teaching Applied Thermodynamics: Thermodynamic cycles
Juan Carlos Domínguez, David Lorenzo, Julián García, Cynthia Hopson, Victoria Rigual, M. Virginia Alonso, Mercedes Oliet
Computer Applications in Engineering Education
Monday, February 13, 2023
Foregrounding the Code: Computational Chemistry Instructional Activities Using a Highly Readable Fluid Simulation Code
Gianmarc Grazioli, Adam Ingwerson, David Santiago Jr., Patrick Regan, and Heekun Cho
Journal of Chemical Education
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Embedding computer programming into a chemical engineering course: The impact on experiential learning
Mohammadreza Arjmandi, Meng Wai Woo, Cody Mankelow, Thomas Loho, Kaveh Shahbaz, Amar Auckaili, Ashvin Thambyah
Education for Chemical Engineers
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Application of Social Media in Chemical Safety Training: A Case Study of Training GHS Standards to Students and Laboratory Staff
Mohammad Amin Rashidi, Samad Rezaiean Khazaei, Kazem Samimi, Soheila Khodakarim, Ashkan Khatabakhsh, and Mostafa Pouyakian
Journal of Chemical Education
Thursday, January 5, 2023

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