I had a question recently from a faculty member from a university in our Central New Mexico Local Section. They were asking if ACS has available information on trends in undergraduate enrollments in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering departments in academic institutions?
At their university they were observing some students on the fence per se regarding major going into Chemical Engineering program based on expected higher career salaries for engineering majors. In discussing situation with that faculty member it was also noted that the research of some Chemical Engineering faculty was increasingly hard to distinguish from that done by Chemistry department faculty. So those students are perceiving no difference in chemical research they would be involved in during their academic career but expect higher career salaries upon graduation as a Chemical Engineer.
I wasn't sure if there were any metrics being compiled regarding the nature of Chemical Engineering department faculty research becoming more similar to Chemistry department faculty. For example are Chemical Engineering department faculty tending to change the journals that their research is being published in? Or conversely are historically Chemical Engineering focused publications including less pure engineering articles?