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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...
June 1, 2011
So I called my son, Steve, and I asked him, “Which course sounds better to you, ‘Dealing with Difficult People’ or ‘Unacceptable Employee Behavior’?” Steve is a human resources specialist at a 2,000-employee company. He is not a member of the AIChE, but is instead a member of the ACHE, the American College of Healthcare Executives. Proof that the apple does not fall far...
May 31, 2011
There are many people working in a typical chemical process industries (CPI) facility. The individuals who work hands-on with the equipment — especially the experienced personnel — have a wealth of information that can make a huge difference in the success or failure of many projects. The key to gaining wisdom from these valuable resources lies in how you approach them. You should cultivate...
May 1, 2011
Many books have been aimed at would-be entrepreneurs interested in starting companies. All address the myriad of complex issues that aspiring entrepreneurs must address to transform a promising idea into a full-fledged business. The contents of this book provide a sobering overview of the biotechnology business for any aspiring biotech entrepreneur While all new businesses must address the same core issues...
January 1, 2011
Questions of CE history I was digging through some old files in my office and came across a February 5, 1962 publication of Chemical Engineering. It’s in good condition and I have now framed it and placed it on my wall in my office. Kinda neat. I was curious to know when was Chemical Engineering’s first publication and which number the one I have might be. — David Naydyhor ICL Performance...
December 1, 2010
Engineers and others working in the chemical process industries (CPI) generally are experiencing an employment situation that is significantly improved over 12 to 18 months ago, with a tentative optimism among CPI companies driving significant hiring activity. Demand for chemical engineering skills remains strong, reflecting the fact that the chemical sciences represent key enablers in solving many broad...
December 1, 2010
As the lines of demarcation separating scientific disciplines continue to blur, increasing clarity arises for the recognition that the scientific borderlands represent the fertile ground for future advancements. A recent illustration of that concept emerged at a symposium last month in New York, entitled “Research Frontiers in the Chemical Sciences.” Sponsored by the Camille and Henry...
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