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January 1, 2007
    What skills are required to effectively lead a project team? Leadership is different from management, requires different knowledge, a different skill set, and accomplishes a different purpose. Management deals with the present; leadership deals with the future. Management deals with resources; leadership deals with people and personalities. Management deals with facts; leadership deals with...
October 1, 2006
    Everyone knows that engineers are good with numbers. We can measure, calculate, tabulate, and report results accurately. But after you take pains to get the numbers right in your reports, sales brochures, or capital expenditure requests, readers in many cases misread, misinterpret, or just plain miss the figures that you want them to understand. Fortunately, several techniques are available...
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...
August 1, 2006
    If leadership ability corresponded to IQ levels, every engineer would be a contender for the coveted corner office, whether that office was occupied by the company CEO or its vice president for engineering. Unfortunately, a different kind of intelligence, "leadership intelligence," can't be measured. Like charisma or charm, leadership is a quality that is difficult to pin down, but...
July 1, 2006
    During the first half of this decade, painting a rosy salary picture for chemical engineers has been impossible at times, and at best required a creative flair. Forget gaining ground — amid salary freezes or raises that lagged inflation, Ch.E.s were doing well in 2005 if they didn't take steps backward (Figure 1). Fortunately, the first salary data and employment analysis for 2006...
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...
September 1, 2004
  Are you a chemical engineer in search of employment? Be persistent, be patient and it will pay off, recruiter advise. The lingering question is when. The outlook for Ch.E.s is uncertain, reflecting that for employment overall. This uncertainty stems from the U.S. employment situation, which is virtually unchanged from a year ago, when the unemployment rate climbed to about 5.5%, leaving about 8.2...
January 1, 2004
Has it been more than a year since you had a raise? Has your contribution to employee benefits been increased and the amount of your paycheck decreased? Have you gotten a promotion and new responsibilities, and still have to do your old job, too? Chemical engineers, you are not alone. But with a median salary that ranks near the top of the pay scale, you’re still faring better than most engineers in...
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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