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September 1, 2012
Reviewed by David Hill, Chemstations Inc., Houston   The authors of this text are leaders in chemical engineering thermodynamics. Based on their status, I recommended this book in a blog entry before even seeing a review copy — and I’m glad I did. The book is aimed at both students and professionals who work with process simulators. It assumes a prior understanding of thermodynamics, and...
August 1, 2012
Arbitrarily, process leads can be categorized into three different sub-categories or levels. Level one process leads are those who directly interact with the client to achieve the results required of the project, and are therefore accountable for any and all mishaps. Additionally, these leads supervise other lead process engineers who in turn supervise a team of their own. In the second level, process...
July 1, 2012
Gas Turbine Engineering Handbook. 4th ed. By Meherwan P. Boyce. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA. Web: 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: 2012. 249 pages. $35.00. African American Women Chemists. By Jeannette Brown. Oxford University Press Inc., 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 100016 Web: 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...
March 1, 2012
Forsthoffer’s Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery. By William Forsthoffer. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 2011. 672 pages. $295.00. Reviewed by Amin Almasi, Rotating machinery consultant, Brisbane, Australia   Rotating machines require expertise and precision that is often lacking among those responsible for operating and...
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...
January 1, 2012
                         Forsthoffer’s Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery. By William Forsthoffer. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA. Web: 2011. 672 pages. $295.00. Update on Silica-based Mesoporous Materials for Biomedical Applications. By Luigi Pasqua. iSmithers...
November 1, 2011
Giving a presentation in English in a non-English speaking country is not a right, it is a privilege. The option is not yours, but your hosts’. Your hosts decide whether English is acceptable for the audience. Foreign language audiences almost always prefer presentations and meetings in their language. When English is allowed, here is some advice. Do not show the exact same slides as you would to an...
November 1, 2011
Significant demand persists within the chemical process industries (CPI) for those with engineering backgrounds and technical skills. Companies across many CPI sectors are finding it difficult to find enough individuals with chemical and engineering skills and expertise to staff their operations. But despite strong demand for technical skills, recruitment of chemical engineers is somewhat constrained by a...
November 1, 2011
  Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering. 4th ed. By Walter R. Niessen. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, 6000 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Web: 2011. 800 pages. Reviewed by Thomas F. McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc., Atlanta, Ga.  Walter Niessen’s book has a place as one of the seminal works for...
September 1, 2011
Reviewed by Ronnie Montgomery, Kvaerner America, Houston Those of us who have been challenged by the complexities of process-control-loop strategies can appreciate the in-depth knowledge and experience that Myke King has shared with us in this text. This book provides an excellent guideline for engineers and technicians who are responsible for selecting the monitoring and control devices that are typical...
July 1, 2011
Pump Wisdom: Problem Solving for Operators and Specialists By Heinz P. Bloch. John Wiley & Sons Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2011. 224 pages. $49.95. Reviewed by Stanley S. Grossel, Process safety and design consultant, Clifton, N.J. Despite their ubiquity in the chemical process industries (CPI), process pumps fail catastrophically each year in large numbers. The author..."Pump-Wisdom"-book-reviewed-by-consultant-Grossel_8154.html
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...
March 1, 2011
This book examines global patent law as it affects the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical industries. Rather than taking a legal case-study approach, it provides a practical discussion of everyday issues and decisions faced by global patent practitioners in these complex industry segments. Focusing mainly on the patent systems in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, the five-section book effectively summarizes...
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...
January 1, 2011
      Interpolation and Regression Models for the Chemical Engineer: Solving Numerical Problems. By Guido Buzzi-Ferraris and Flavio Manenti. Wiley-VCH, Boschstrasse 12 69469 Weinheim, Germany. Web: 2010. 442 pages. $130.00. Reviewed by Francis McConville, Impact Technology Development, Lincoln, Mass. Numerical analysis of data, mathematical modeling and statistical design of...
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