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October 1, 2009
A continued economic contraction remains the dominant feature of the employment landscape for chemical engineers, with fewer job openings and choosier corporate hiring processes, but chemical engineering salaries are strong, according to those closest to the chemical engineering job front. Despite overall job losses in the chemical process industries (CPI), demand for creative chemical engineers with broad...
September 1, 2009
Guidelines for Chemical Transportation Safety, Security, and Risk Management, 2nd Edition. By the Center for Chemical Process Safety/AIChE. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: wiley.com. 2008. 166 pages. $125.00 Reviewed by: Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety & Design Consultant, Clifton, N.J. Hazardous chemical transport poses significant public health and environmental...
June 1, 2009
Chemical engineering principles do not differ by geographical location. The same cannot be said, however, about the established criteria for certifying that an individual has mastery of those principles. Requirements for obtaining a professional license or charter in the field vary widely from country to country, and in the U.S. they even vary from state to state. Such inconsistencies...
May 1, 2009
Hazards of Oil Refining Distillation Units. By BP International Ltd. (BP Process Safety Series). Institution of Chemical Engineers, Davis Building, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HQ, U.K. Web: icheme.org. 2008. 81 pages, £27. Reviewed by Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety & Design, Inc., Clifton, N.J. This booklet was written as a reference tool for operators, engineers and technicians working on...
March 1, 2009
Bringing recognition to the value of the chemical engineering profession and striving to continually advance it have been goals for this magazine since its founding more than 106 years ago. To help cultivate new talent, CE established the annual Chopey Scholarship for Chemical Engineering Excellence in memory of Nicholas (Nick) P. Chopey, our former Editor In Chief. Nick carried many torches at CE...
January 1, 2009
Patent Savvy for Managers. By Kirk Teska. Nolo, 950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710-2524. Web: nolo.com. 2007. 278 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by Charles R. Richard, Patent Attorney, Washington, D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org The book I am reviewing here is one in a series of Nolo guides geared toward non-lawyers on various legal topics and their aspects. I must caution readers that although this book provides some...
December 1, 2008
This puzzle is primarily based on information from this and the October issues. Across 1. Fluid controls 5. Aka Teflon 8. ___ point, upon cooling a vapor mixture, this is the point at which droplets of liquid first appear 10. Type of bouncing stick? 12. Energies of one dyne 14. Magnesium silicate 17. A liquid or gas that dissolves a solid, liquid or gaseous solute 19. Metal mixture 20. "See ya!"...
November 1, 2008
The past decade has been a volatile period for chemical engineers in the workforce. The late 1990s was a booming time in the chemical process industries (CPI), with salary increases greater than ever and an unprecedented demand for Ch.E. expertise. This prosperity quickly gave way to harder times in the early 2000s, when engineers struggled to keep their salary increases on par with inflation. Luck had...
November 1, 2008
NanoEthics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology. Edited by Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, John Weckert. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. 2007. 385 pages, $39.95, paperback. Reviewed by Christopher M. Kelty, Department of History of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. This book is a collection of essays covering a very wide range of issues...
September 15, 2008
Handbook of Chemical Technology and Pollution Control. Third Edition. By Martin B. Hocking. 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: wiley.com. 2006. 830 pages, $95.95. Reviewed by V. N. Lad, S. V. National Institute of Technology, Gujarat, India Sustainable development that incorporates energy efficient production practices and environmentally friendly process design are responsibilities...
July 15, 2008
Monitoring Our Atmosphere Please refer to the Editor’s Page, April 2008: Mr. Gerald Ondrey’s last sentence sums it up. "Ultimately, the only truly green solution is to reduce consumption — the second law of thermodynamics says so." Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R, Md.) speaks out plain and clear regarding energy policy, but colleagues respond politically and not...
July 15, 2008
Ludwig’s Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants Volume 1, Fourth edition. By A. Kayode Coker. Elsevier, 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: elsevier.com. 1,024 pages, $150.00 Reviewed by Philip Leckner, Senior Process Engineer, CH2M Hill, Somerset, N.J. This fourth edition of Volume One in the late Ernest E. Ludwig’s series of books on applied process...
May 15, 2008
Machinery Failure Analysis Handbook: Sustain Your Operations and Maximize Uptime, by Luiz Otavio Amaral Affonso, Gulf Publishing Company, 2 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1020, Houston, TX 77046. Web: gulfpub.com. 2006. 300 pages. $155.00. Reviewed by Mike Safoniuk, British Colombia Institute of Technology, Power Engineering Group, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Project Management Toolkit: The Basics for Project...
March 15, 2008
Project Management Toolkit: The Basics for Project Success. Second edition. By Dr. Trish Melton. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: books.elsevier.com. 2007. 286 pages, $49.95. Reviewed by Paul E. Shaltry, PMP, Catalyst Management Consulting LLC, Columbus, Ohio Dr. Melton covers the basics of project management well. One senses her years of experience in this...
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