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September 1, 2006
Chemical engineering and, perhaps to a lesser degree, other kinds of engineering are topics of intense interest to contemporary ethicists and philosophers. In many cases, this scrutiny has been triggered by unfortunate safety or pollution incidents from the recent past in “our” process industries. In some circles, merely identifying oneself as a chemical engineer arouses negative...
June 1, 2006
During career coaching to hundreds of individuals, I’ve come to realize that the people who take longest to find meaningful employment tend to commit the same blunders. Singled out here are ten of the most egregious career-stalling maneuvers. If you are (or plan to be) looking for a job and you recognize a little of yourself in any of these ten areas, take immediate remedial action, along the lines...
April 1, 2006
For any of us who have kept up in recent years with the business news (happenings at Enron and some major Wall Street firms, say), it seems safe to assume that, nowadays at least, ethical behavior and personal honesty are not such overarching issues for the engineering community as they are for at least some segments of the business and financial community. Even so, issues of conscience clearly can arise...
June 1, 2005
For some chemical engineers, the tank is half full; for others, it is half empty. Technically, both are right, especially if the discussion pertains to what they were paid in 2004. Where optimists argue that overall salaries continued to rise, cynics remind us that today’s dollar, pound or yen does not put as much bread on the table as it did the previous year. Take the latest numbers...
July 1, 2003
Whether you are preparing a project report, an operating procedure, a proposal, a business letter or perhaps even a manuscript for publication in a technical magazine, it is a safe bet that most of' your job-related writing is intended to be expository — your purpose is to describe or explain something, rather than to write fiction or to argue a cause. Three characteristics of good expository writing...
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