03 February 2011

IChemE celebrates record membership figures

New figures published by IChemE today reveal a 7% growth in membership last year, with more than 32,000 chemical, process and biochemical engineers now part of the global membership society.

The number of members based in India doubled last year to 642, as well as strong growth in Malaysia (+45%) and New Zealand (+43%) where IChemE now has 3406 and 325 members respectively. The figures equate to a new member signing up around every four hours during 2010.

Neil Atkinson, director of qualifications and international development, says the global interest in IChemE is driven by changes in the process industries: “Our continued growth reflects strong interest in professional qualification and this is a trend we’re seeing all over the world. As the process industries globalise and economies develop, the need for ever-stronger chemical engineering talent pipelines emerges.”

IChemE’s status as a global organisation is now well established with members in more than 120 countries. With offices in Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and the UK, IChemE ceo David Brown says the increasingly international spread of IChemE members is unsurprising given the nature of the process industries: “When I joined IChemE in 2006 our president at the time (Greg Lewin) described chemical engineering as a boundaryless profession.

“He recognised that chemical engineers are working across an increasingly diverse range of sectors and most effectively alongside other engineers, scientists and specialists.

“It makes our role as the professional organisation that represents chemical engineers more challenging. The boundaryless profession must be supported by a boundaryless institution,” says Brown.

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