Jaime Aguilar-Arias

Jaime Leon Aguilar-AriasIn existographies, Jaime Leon Aguilar-Arias (c.1972-) (CR:7), oft-cited as “J.L. Aguilar-Arias”, is Colombian chemical engineer and materials scientist noted for his 2014 conference presentation “Chemical Engineering and Complexity, an Undissipated Structure … Yet”, wherein he suggests that chemical engineering students be introduced to applications beyond traditional “classical chemical engineering” applications, namely in the humanities-applied area of investigation, that of the: Erich Muller, Paul Samuelson, Mohsen Mohsen-Nia, John Bryant, Journal of Human Thermodynamics, Santa Fe Institute, etc., type of chemical thermodynamics based complexity approach applied to sociology and economics; similar to what Israeli chemical engineer Alec Groysman suggested at the 2011 Generative Art Conference, Rome. [2]

Overview
In 2014, Arias, at the 20th Brazilian Congress of Chemical Engineering, Florianopolis, Brazil, in his “Chemical Engineering and Complexity, an Undissipated Structure … Yet”, suggested that modern chemical engineering education curriculum begin to incorporate a "human chemical thermodynamics" themed type of teaching methodology in engineering schools: [1]

“In contrast, other fields, such as biology, economics, health sciences, among other, have found practical applications of complexity in their disciplines. The purpose of this work is to show some possible applications of complexity, not necessarily in the traditional field of chemical engineering, but where clearly chemical engineers can uniquely contribute due to our formation and basic elements of thermodynamics, and processes analysis, compared to other disciplines, in matters of study that are not the classical chemical engineering applications, but where their application is necessary, even not being chemical processes.”

Aguilar-Arias goes on to cite, first and foremost, Venezuelan-born English chemical engineer Erich Muller, his famous “Human Societies: a Curious Application of Thermodynamics (1997), and his human-as-molecules classroom stylized approach to teaching chemical engineering students how chemical thermodynamics applies socially. He then discusses how this new field is fermenting by new emerging journals, such as the Journal of Human Thermodynamics, in particular, via articles such as Iranian-born American chemical engineer Mohsen Mohsen-Nia's 2013 “Social Equation of State”, which he compares to earlier work by English mechanical engineer John Bryant (2011), the two of which he truncates into the following two human thermodynamics variables tables: [3]

Mohsen analogy (2013) vs Bryant Analogy (2011) f

Aguilar-Arias then cites Brian Arthur, of the Sante Fe Institute, in respect to arguments about "economies" being in either equilibrium, non-equilibrium, or unstable equilibrium states, as Paul Samuelson has argue, or as compared to far-from-equilibrium views, as Ilya Prigogine has argued. Aguilar-Arias then notes:

“A relevant anecdotic, is the strong debate including economic Nobel Prize winners such as Kenneth Arrow, 1972 winner, and Paul Krugman, 2008 winner, the first in favor and the last against the application of complexity in economics. This debate is agitated by the use of defiant expressions used by the authors, such as they have ‘changed economic thinking’, which generated comments like the other ‘has just invented…economics’. This work, by the way, doesn’t want to generate such comments, instead, its purpose is to reinforce arguments to the fields of action that chemical engineers can, and must be prepared to participate.”

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Education
Aguilar-Arias completed his BS in chemical engineering in 1994 and his MS in chemical engineering in 2002, both at the University of Valle, Colombia, and his PhD in materials science and engineering in 2013 at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Aguilar-Arias presently is a chemical engineering professor, processes in the Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering of the National University of Colombia, whose group (Ѻ) works on the investigation of chemical and biochemical processes. [2]

References
1. (a) Aguilar-Arias, Jaime L. (2014). “Chemical Engineering and Complexity, an Undissipated Structure … Yet”, 20th Brazilian Congress of Chemical Engineering (Congresso Brasilerro de Enenharia Quimica, XX) (pdf), Florianopolis, Brazil, Oct 19-22.
(b) Groysman, Alec. (2011). “Use of Art Media in Engineering and Scientific Education” (§3.4: Human Chemistry), Generative Art Conference, XIV, Roma, Italy, Dec 5-7.
2. Jaime Leon Aguilar-Arias (cv) - National University of Colombia.
3. Aguilar-Arias, Jaime L. (2014). “Chemical Engineering and Complexity, an Undissipated Structure … Yet”, 20th Brazilian Congress of Chemical Engineering (Congresso Brasilerro de Enenharia Quimica, XX) (pdf), Florianopolis, Brazil, Oct 19-22.

External links
Jaime Leon Aguilar-Arias (faculty) - National University of Colombia.

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