Remaining Relevant in a Changing World

Article by Adam Duckett

New IChemE President Jane Cutler speaks to Adam Duckett

JANE Cutler has become the 80th President of IChemE. On 15 June, she delivered an expansive Presidential address, covering the need for chemical engineers and IChemE to adapt and respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by our changing world.

“I am proud to be the 80th President and the third female President,” said Cutler, whose address was hosted at the University of Western Australia and streamed online. “I note with some satisfaction that the time between female presidents is decreasing. It is particularly satisfying to lead our Institution into our centenary year as the first President elected by a popular vote of members.

“I see my presidency as an opportunity for IChemE to reflect, review, reinforce and re-energise in times of change, challenge and opportunity, and, after 100 years, to answer the question: is IChemE relevant in changing times?

Inevitably, her answer was “yes” – though remaining relevant requires the Institution and its members to change in step with the times, doing more to protect the public and the environment; and for IChemE to help improve member engagement and inclusivity.

Article by Adam Duckett

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