PSE Academic Teaching Highway

Improve the process modelling skills of new graduates

New graduates need better modelling skills

Process modelling has become less prevalent in the chemical engineering curriculum. Modelling loses class time to other topics within the broadening scope of chemical engineering. At the same time, process modelling plays an ever-increasing role within industry. Increased competition requires more detailed, higher fidelity models for design and operational decision support. New products and new processes are not covered by standard model libraries. As a result, industry has difficulty finding skilled graduates just as the need grows.

It is quite a challenge to find someone who has good capability in both process modelling and fundamental knowledge.

Hattachai Aeowjaroenlap - SCG Chemicals

Hattachai AeowjaroenlapSCG Chemicals

For us it would be really important to get more students direct from university with increased modelling skills especially for process simulation. These tools are really essential for our daily work.

Bernd Weiss - Primetals

Bernd WeissPrimetals

Starting from a big business problem, being able to determine what is really important and being able to then translate that into some sort of mathematical representation… That’s a key skill that many people are missing.

Ben Weinstein - Procter & Gamble

Ben WeinsteinProcter & Gamble

New students sometimes have a tendency to use spreadsheets instead of modelling tools. Our processes cannot be modelled well with spreadsheets so you need modelling tools.

Peter Drogt - DSM

Peter DrogtDSM

We are seeing much more digitalization of our development, our manufacturing processes, our control systems. It’s really important for new graduates entering the industry to be literate in the use of modelling techniques.

Gavin Reynolds - AstraZeneca

Gavin ReynoldsAstraZeneca

The acquisition of these modelling competences will give students a competitive advantage, not the least from a recruitment perspective.

Jan van Schijndel - Shell (retired)

Jan van SchijndelShell (retired)

PATH - the Process systems engineering Academic Teaching Highway

PATH is an initiative to improve the modelling skills of chemical engineering students, addressing the needs of both industry and academia. The program provides high-quality, modular teaching materials developed under the guidance of an academic advisory board and tested in leading chemical engineering departments. PATH helps you integrate modelling into all facets of chemical engineering education to prepare students for 21st century industries. PATH slides, hands-on exercises and home assignments are designed for use in all chemical engineering modules, not just mathematical modelling courses. Students learn to develop and implement models while also understanding the theory and experimentation used to produce them.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no direct costs for PATH materials. However, PATH materials are only available to universities with teaching licenses of a gPROMS® product.

PATH materials are distributed through this website. If your university has teaching licenses, you can register for an account. After confirmation, you will be able to download PATH materials directly from the module gallery on this site.

PATH materials are governed by one of two different licenses. Software agnostic elements are provided under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. Materials that are specific to gPROMS are provided under the PSE Academic License.

  • CC BY-NC-SA License: Slides, Home Assignments
  • PSE Academic License: Hands-on Sessions, Solutions to Hands-on Sessions and Home Assignments, Templates for Hands-on Sessions

PATH slides and home assignments are software agnostic, meaning they can be used with any modelling software. Hands-on sessions, their solutions and some templates are only provided in gPROMS format.

Undergraduate students have free access to PSE’s extensive How-to Videos to learn to use gPROMS software. PSE can lead on-site tutorials if requested (contact for pricing).

Teaching assistants and professors can attend PATH Train-the-Trainer events held periodically at PSE’s partner universities around the world (contact for pricing).

PSE offers standard gPROMS training in our offices. There is a 50% discount for professors and teaching assistants (contact for a discount code).

PSE also has a collection of free technical webinars covering advanced modelling topics.

PSE offers teaching packages for gPROMS ProcessBuilder® and gPROMS FormulatedProducts®. Teaching package pricing is based on a flat annual fee, not a per license rate. The number of licenses is based on the number of students expected to be trained.

Materials available to professors are provided in editable formats. Materials available to students are provided in PDF format.

Professors Students
Hands-on Assignments DOCX PDF
Home Assignments DOCX PDF
Solutions (Hands-on) GPJ No Access
Solutions (Home) GPJ No Access
Template (Hands-on) GPJ GPJ

Universities using PATH materials must designate an internal helpdesk contact. That person can contact a dedicated PATH support desk.

Contributions are highly appreciated. Please send feedback, improvements, extensions and new materials to These materials must be provided under the same license category as the relevant PATH material. The decision to adopt contributions and the timing of adoption are up to the PATH Program Director.

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