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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...
November 1, 2010
Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes: Economic, Technical and Renewable Comparisons. By Gary C. Young. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2010. 384 pages. $89.95. Reviewed by Tom McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc. Atlanta, Ga. This book on converting municipal solid waste (MSW) to energy focuses on new developments in the area, with an emphasis on plasma...
September 1, 2010
Ludwig's Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants, 4th ed., Vol. 2. By A. Kayode Coker. Elsevier Inc. The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, U.K. Web: 2010. 961 pages. $223.00. Reviewed by Kamal Shah, Aker Solutions, Houston The comprehensive and practical fourth edition of “Ludwig’s Vol. 2” is written as a process design manual for the...
July 1, 2010
Computational Techniques for Multi-Phase Flows. By Guan H. Yeoh and Jiyuan Tu. Butterworth-Heinemann. 30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 2009. 664 pages. $130.00. Reviewed by Simon Lo CD-adapco, Didcot, U.K. This guide effectively covers many complex topics associated with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multiphase flow turbulence, numerical methods and multiphase flows..."Computational-Techniques-for-Multi-phase-Flows"_5787.html
May 1, 2010
Could facilities planning become a new paradigm in chemical engineering?     Engineering has long been enriched by applying science, mathematics and other fields to industrial pursuits. Chemical engineering began as an offshoot of industrial chemistry and mechanical engineering. Unit processes, unit operations, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics are among the paradigms that helped define the...
March 1, 2010
Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering. By David Douglas, Greg Papadopoulos and John Boutelle. Prentice Hall, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Web: 2009. 292 pages. $27.00. Reviewed by Arthur Schwartz, National Society of Professional Engineers, Alexandria, Va. Numerous works about the professional practice of engineering have been written..."Citizen-Engineer"_5478.html
January 1, 2010
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 2010 Personal Achievement Award. The nomination period is now open. The aim of this award, which...
January 1, 2010
The Nalco Water Handbook, 3rd ed. By Daniel Flynn. McGraw Hill Co., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10121. Web: 2009. 1,280 pages. $125.00. Reviewed by Brad Buecker,technical support specialist AEC PowerFlow, Kansas City, Mo. The third edition of Nalco’s comprehensive manual on water and water treatment is an effective replacement to the previous version as well...
November 1, 2009
Biomass and Alternate Fuel Systems: An Engineering and Economic Guide. Edited by Thomas F. McGowan. John Wiley and Sons Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2009. 264 pages. $89.95 Reviewed by Thomas B. Reed, The Biomass Energy Foundation, Franktown, Colo. Biomass and wood are sleepers in the alternate energy field. While wind and sun provide transient sources of energy, the...
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: 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...
July 1, 2009
Advanced Membrane Technologies and Applications Edited by Norman N. Li. Wiley. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2008. 994 pages. $150.00. Reviewed by Peter S. Cartwright, Cartwright Consulting Co., Minneapolis, Minn. The crossflow-pressure-driven membrane separation technologies of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis have been commercially available for...
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: 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...
March 1, 2009
Web 2.0 developments can improve an engineer’s productivity at work, as well as his or her professional development Since it was opened to commercial content in the early 1990s, the internet has become a ubiquitous repository of knowledge. Its open architecture allows for an almost unlimited number of diverse applications, such as sending and receiving email, sharing video clips, publishing blogs...
March 1, 2009
Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps. By Robert X. Perez. Xlibris Corp. 436 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19101. Web: 2008. 196 pages. $50.99. Reviewed by Heinz P. Bloch, Process Machinery Consulting, West Des Moines, Iowa It is important for reliability professionals to have easy access to a rather extensive library of technical books. There are certainly more than a dozen different...
January 1, 2009
Patent Savvy for Managers. By Kirk Teska. Nolo, 950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710-2524. Web: 2007. 278 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by Charles R. Richard, Patent Attorney, Washington, D.C. 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
In nearly every issue of this magazine, a majority of the content focuses on the roles that technologies — and the companies that supply them — play in the chemical process industries (CPI). Indeed, products and services bond the CPI together, but the strength of that bond depends unequivocally on people. That is why once every-other December, we turn our focus inside out and recognize the...
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