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Studying Chemical Engineering VS Practicing Chemical Engineering

In those early days, not so long ago, just few years back....we learned all these chemical engineering subjects: Thermodynamic, Reaction Engineering, Unit Operation, Strength of Material, Reaction Kinetics, Mass Balance, Heat & Mass Transfer, Process Control & Instrumentation, Advance Control, Powder Technology, Mixing, Fluid Mechanics .....etc...the lists continues.....

Well, i don't know about the others, but for me, i don't really 100% understand those subject. Well, the Prof/Dr/Lecturer lectures infront of the hall/room, and we tried our best (for them who really pay attention) to focus and absorb the theory of the subject. Attempted some questions to further establish the comprehension of the subjects. I recalled at one class, while Prof Walls was lecturing Heat Transfer, but always facing the white board, this naughty british lad creatively played with fire in the class!!! It was quite a scene ...but the Prof keep on bubbling and facing the white board....a very clear indication of a very boring class....well, boring for them, but for some asian student and some european student, they were focused.

I scored the highest mark in my "Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE)" under Dr Iqbal Mujtaba, a subject for semester 3, which later on the department awarded me the BP computing award that year. Well, what i received is just a gas handbook, not a certificate. However, that's not the point. The point is i get the highest mark, but, frankly speaking, i don't really understand the subject!!! And also what is Process control & Instrumentation, Advance control?!!! That time, i don't know.....but now...after sometime working...i realised and slowly understand what i learned previously. Oooo this is this, and that is that...oooo this is actually a rotary drum filter, why can't i imagined this when i was doing my final year design project?!!! Ooo that's why we need

posted by zaki yamani @ 9:54 PM,

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I’m Zaki. I used to be a project, process and chemical engineer. Few years ago I successfully became a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) and Professional Engineer (BEM). I'm now employed as a chemical engineering educator/researcher/consultant. Hope you like reading my blog. I welcome any feedback from you. My email: zaki.yz[alias]gmail.com. TQ!


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