Creativity for Chemical Engineers

Date From: tbc
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Examining the benefits of creative thinking within chemical engineering and introducing the tried-and-tested creative problem-solving techniques relevant to the discipline.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: IChemE, Rugby, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
Contact Email: courses@icheme.org

This course has been cancelled. Please register your interest at courses@icheme.org.

Overview

Creativity for Chemical Engineers

 

 

 

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The chemical engineering profession offers many opportunities for creativity. Creative thinking leads to innovations in product and processes. Creative solutions are required throughout the design process, from the conceptual stage to the detailed engineering stage.

Many chemical engineers do not consider their work to be creative. Much of the day-to-day work involves established methods, protocols and design codes, built on years of experience of what is most effective and safe. However, even within the constraints of these established procedures there is scope to adopt a creative approach to solving problems, and great potential benefit in doing so.

This course brings the concept of creative thinking directly to the chemical engineer, aiming to equip delegates with sufficient background and techniques to improve their creative thinking in their professional lives.

After an introduction to creativity in the context of chemical engineering, the course will provide an overview of the entire process of creative problem-solving, addressing problem definition, and the identification and removal of blocks to creative thought.

The main creative problem solving tools relevant to the discipline will be introduced including Synectics, CPS, TRIZ, and the work of de Bono. The course will complete the picture by covering the selection, implementation and evaluation of solutions. 

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course delegates should:

  • understand the role of creative thinking within the context of chemical engineering
  • appreciate the importance of environment and team dynamics in creative problem solving
  • be able to apply criteria to help define the real problem
  • be able to recognise mental blocks and initiate their removal by ‘blockbusting’ techniques
  • appreciate a range of creative processes for identifying solutions to the real problem
  • be introduced to the Kepner-Tregoe (KT) approach for selecting an appropriate solution
  • understand the process of implementing a solution effectively
  • be able to evaluate a solution against the criteria of effectiveness, safety and ethics

Who will benefit

  • junior engineers who want to gain the skills and experience required for chartered status
  • senior engineers who want to release the creative potential of their extensive engineering experience

Course outline

  • introduction to the creative process for engineers
  • the importance of environment and team dynamics
  • defining the real problem
  • breaking down barriers to generating ideas; blocks and blockbusting techniques
  • generating solutions; introducing a range of creative process to generate solutions to the real problem including Synectics, CPS, TRIZ, and the work of de Bono
  • selecting a solution - the Kepner-Tregoe (KT) approach
  • implementing a solution; the process of approval, planning, carry-through and follow-up
  • evaluating a solution for effectiveness, safety and ethical considerations

 

A series of case studies, activities and exercises adapted from the world of chemical engineering will be used to help delegates develop an understanding of their own aptitude for creative problem-solving. Delegates will be encouraged to share experiences and challenges relating to creative problem-solving from their professional lives.

At the end of the course, delegates will appreciate the benefit of creative thinking within the chemical engineering profession. They will take away an essential toolkit enabling them to start applying creative problem-solving techniques with their teams.

Fees

  • IChemE member: £400 + VAT
  • Non-member: £500 + VAT

Course presenter

Dr Jamie Cleaver, PhD, CEng, FIChemE, consultant

Jamie's background as a lecturer and his extensive experience of chemical engineering employers and the workplace give him a unique perspective as a trainer and facilitator of soft skills for chemical engineers.

He has a strong technical background, with a first degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After his PhD he followed a natural path into academic research and spent 16 years lecturing chemical engineering at the University of Surrey.

Through coordinating the professional training placement scheme for chemical engineering students, he was able to see first-hand the huge potential benefit to individuals and organisations that could be achieved by professional skills training.

"Jamie has proven skill and knowledge sets, which have impacted both myself and colleagues in my company in a positive manner. He comes highly recommended." UOP

"I found Jamie to be responsive, proactive, with the strategic understanding to align my business needs with a learning environment. Thoroughly good guy to work with." SNC-Lavalin

"Jamie is an engaging and inspirational trainer who works hard to help his delegates realise their potential." Evolve-Leadteam Ltd


Duration for CPD recording purposes: up to 6 hours6 hours CPD.

If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

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