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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
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...
January 15, 2008
Introduction to Process Engineering & Design. By S. B. Thakore and B. I. Bhatt. Tata McGraw Hill, B-4, Sector 63, Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida, UP-201301. Web: tatamcgrawhill.com. 2007. 768 pages, Rs 500. Reviewed by Michael E. Ryan, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y. This book is intended as a textbook for an undergraduate process...
September 1, 2007
The relationship between attorney and inventor is very important. A potentially valuable patent is involved, and the value of it is often dependent in large part on how well the inventor and attorney work together. It is very helpful if the chemical engineer as inventor has some basic knowledge of the patent system and what interacting with a patent attorney will be like, even before there is...
September 1, 2007
Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes, Second Edition. By C.H. Bartholomew and R.J. Farrauto. John Wiley & Sons, 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ. Web: wiley.com. 2006. 966 pages. $99.95 Reviewed by Richard D. Newman, Ph.D., CRI Catalyst Company, Houston, Tex. This second edition is an extensive update of the first edition published in 1995. The book consists of two parts. Part I is a...
August 1, 2007
Chemical engineers, whether directly engaged in R&D or not, routinely deal with situations that are new and different, not only to them, but to those in the chemical process industries (CPI) as a whole. Quite often, the way such situations are handled produces one or more patentable inventions. In the event that a patent is sought on the invention(s), the chemical engineer (inventor) will...
July 1, 2007
Fluid Mechanics for Chemical Engineers. Second edition. By James O. Wilkes. Prentice Hall PTR, 1 Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Web: phptr.com. 2005. 784 pages. $120.80. Reviewed by Ron Darby, Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex. This is a revised and expanded edition (with some 150 additional pages) of the book first published in 1999. The book is divided into two parts: Part I —...
May 1, 2007
Compressors and Modern Process Applications. By Heinz P. Bloch. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: wiley.com. 2006. 339 pages, $99.95. Reviewed by Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety & Design, Inc., Clifton, N.J. This is the second book on compressors by the author that was published in 2006. The first book, “A Practical Guide on Compressor Technology” was...
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