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May 1, 2013
Fundamentals of Automatic Process Control. By Utpal Chaudhuri and Uttam Chaudhuri. CRC Press Inc., Taylor & Francis Group. 6000 Broken Sound Parkway, #300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Web: crcpress.com. 2012. 303 pages. $139.95. Reviewed by Douglas White, Emerson Process Management, Houston, Tex. Professors Uttam Ray Chaudhuri from Calcutta University (Kolkata, India; www.caluniv.ac.in) and Uptal Ray...
March 1, 2013
Bob Katin, chairman of the California Government Relations Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and president of the California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers (CLCPE), is a persistent man. For more than 20 years he has fought to change the California Professional Engineers Act (PE Act) so that chemical engineers would have parity with civil engineers. In the...
March 1, 2013
Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting: Practical Machinery Management for Process Plants. 4th ed. By Fred Geitner and Heinz Bloch. Elsevier Ltd., The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, U.K.. Web: elsevier.com. 2012. 743 pages. $139.95. Thermal Methods of Polymer Processing. By T.R. Crompton. iSmithers Rapra Publishing, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 4NR, U.K. Web...
February 1, 2013
There was genuine excitement at the November 14 and 15 ChemInnovations event held in New Orleans. This was especially true at the Plant Managers Roundtable that was moderated by Rebekkah Marshall. On stage with Rebekkah were Jim Armstrong of Rhodia, Inc., Paresh Bhakta of Celanese Ltd. and Jim Hull of Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyls, LLC. All three gentlemen are very experienced plant managers, all with...
January 1, 2013
Sustainable Energy Management. By Mirjana Golusin, Stevan Popov and Sinasa Dodic. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. 02451. Web: elsevier.com. 2013. 436 pages. $79.95. Chemical Process Equipment: Selection and Design, 3rd ed. By James Couper, W. Roy Penney and James Fair. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. 02451. Web: elsevier.com. 2012. 864 pages. $150.00 Gas and Oil...
December 1, 2012
What we look for Practical information. First and foremost, our readers look to us for practical information. These individuals want concise factual information that aids in solving real problems. They do not look to us for abstract theoretical treatises, vague general discussions or reviews of previously published material. In other words, we prefer and accept “how to” articles rather than...
September 1, 2012
Last month, we ran a letter from reader, Jason Makansi, commenting on our June story, Chemical Engineering Education Evolution ( Chem. Eng., June 2012, pp. 22–25), which highlighted, among other things, the need for a more-meaningful connection between academia and industry. Makansi’s letter was passionate in itself, expressing frustration at the slow pace of progress over the past 30 years or...
September 1, 2012
Re: Education needs a reality check... I would like to pass on a few comments on Jason Makansi’s letter titled “Education needs a reality check”, which appeared in the August 2012 edition (p. 6). I too, like Jason, began my now 36-year career not knowing which way to turn a valve but being fully trained in transport phenomena. Did my university fail me? No. My university’s ChE...
July 1, 2012
Gas Turbine Engineering Handbook. 4th ed. By Meherwan P. Boyce. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA. Web: elsevierdirect.com. 2011. 1,000 pages. $150.00. Reviewed by Amin Almasi, Rotating machine consultant Brisbane, Australia Gas turbines are cornerstones of modern industry and are widely used in the chemical process industries (CPI). New developments have increased the number of...
May 1, 2012
Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science. By Sue V. Rosser. New York University Press. Washington Square, New York, NY 10003. Web: nyupress.org. 2012. 249 pages. $35.00. African American Women Chemists. By Jeannette Brown. Oxford University Press Inc., 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 100016 Web: oup.com. 2011. 264 pages. $35.00. Reviewed by Lacey Baggett, PX2 TAR Superintendent, BP...
April 1, 2012
Recent visits to several chemical plants and industry events around Baton Rouge, Louisiana confirmed that workforce issues are a major concern for manufacturers of chemicals in that region. In discussions in late February with plant leaders at chemical manufacturing facilities around the Baton Rouge area, the task of recruiting technically trained engineers, especially those with process experience...
February 1, 2012
One of the reasons that Chemical Engineering will have the honor of celebrating its 110th anniversary this year is its longstanding reputation for original, noteworthy and unbiased articles that cannot be found anywhere else. Our internal policies help protect the magazine’s reputation from a number of threats, but not without relentless tenacity on the part of the editors. Much of that is to be...
January 1, 2012
In professional life, the influences that teach us, inspire us and drive us to succeed tend to come more from individuals than corporations. If you would like to bring recognition to someone whose excellence in chemical engineering you admire, consider nominating him or her for Chemical Engineering’s 2012 Personal Achievement Award. The nomination period is now open. The aim of this award, which...
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