Change is good ….. you go first. Change is recognized but feared by most of us, especially in academe, but in today’s world change is relentless and unavoidable – and generally good. The only question is how we as individuals and members of society adapt to it, or in some cases drive it. Engineering education and research at universities have experienced a significant evolution in both paradigm and culture since 1969 when I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois. Often the changes have been driven by government funding, especially from the National Science Foundation. I will discuss the evolution of academic engineering programs with a focus on chemical engineering. Three areas of change will be considered: people, curricula, and research funding. The past 50 years have been good for our discipline, especially in attracting a diverse talent pool, and the future will be bright if we continue to embrace change.