We are excited to invite you to participate in AspenTech Academic Innovators Challenge, a new academic initiative intended to unlock the ingenuity and innovative thinking of the next generation of chemical engineers. Calling chemical engineering students to submit their innovative proposal to address one of three real-life sustainability themes using AspenTech software solutions.
Registration is open from January 31 - March 15, 2024.
Registration Open: January 31 – March 15, 2024
Submission Deadline: March 16 – April 15, 2024
Judges Review: April 16 – April 29, 2024
Winners Announced: April 30, 2024
Award Ceremony: May 7, 2024 @ MEPEC Conference – Saudi Arabia
Eligibility/Who Can Register
Choice of Distinct Challenge Themes
Proposals should address one of the three sustainability areas listed below. Select the theme that resonates with you the most and inspires you to develop innovative ideas.
Resource Efficiency: Develop processes that reduce energy, water or feedstock use through targeted optimization.
a. Novel schemes to improve energy efficiency
b. Reduce emissions of other greenhouse gases (methane, NO2, etc.)
c. Wastewater treatment
2. Energy Transition & Decarbonization: Develop new processes and sources for future energy needs and decarbonize existing applications.
a. Accelerate innovation for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen
b. Use electrical or solar energy to reduce fired heat and emissions
c. Advances in hydrogen electrolysis
d. Power storage, such as flow batteries
3. Circular Economy: Develop advanced recycling technologies and incorporate sustainable feedstocks. Drive innovation to minimize waste.
a. Projects describing advanced recycling technologies for polymers, batteries, or other materials
Submissions must include the following:
Conference poster (template included)
AspenTech software simulation files
3–5-minute solution demo video highlighting the challenge you are addressing and your approach while showcasing of your working simulation
Entries will be evaluated on five key criteria:
The top three winning teams or individuals will receive a commemorative trophy and have the opportunity to present their innovations to a distinguished panel of AspenTech and industry leaders at the MEPEC conference on May 7, 2024.
The winning team will receive a Digital Award Badge and be featured in AspenTech social media posts.