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June 1, 2013
Seeking input on distillation education Right now, distillation engineers are extremely busy — globally, and especially in the U.S. The AIChE Distillation Symposium (May, San Antonio, Tex.) that was organized by Henry Kister and Mike Pritchett had an amazing number of presentations and attendees. FRI is the world’s premier distillation research facility. FRI engineers who teach a separations...
March 1, 2013
Bob Katin, chairman of the California Government Relations Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and president of the California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers (CLCPE), is a persistent man. For more than 20 years he has fought to change the California Professional Engineers Act (PE Act) so that chemical engineers would have parity with civil engineers. In the...
February 1, 2013
There was genuine excitement at the November 14 and 15 ChemInnovations event held in New Orleans. This was especially true at the Plant Managers Roundtable that was moderated by Rebekkah Marshall. On stage with Rebekkah were Jim Armstrong of Rhodia, Inc., Paresh Bhakta of Celanese Ltd. and Jim Hull of Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyls, LLC. All three gentlemen are very experienced plant managers, all with...
September 1, 2012
Last month, we ran a letter from reader, Jason Makansi, commenting on our June story, Chemical Engineering Education Evolution ( Chem. Eng., June 2012, pp. 22–25), which highlighted, among other things, the need for a more-meaningful connection between academia and industry. Makansi’s letter was passionate in itself, expressing frustration at the slow pace of progress over the past 30 years or...
September 1, 2012
Re: Education needs a reality check... I would like to pass on a few comments on Jason Makansi’s letter titled “Education needs a reality check”, which appeared in the August 2012 edition (p. 6). I too, like Jason, began my now 36-year career not knowing which way to turn a valve but being fully trained in transport phenomena. Did my university fail me? No. My university’s ChE...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
December 1, 2008
This puzzle is primarily based on information from this and the October issues. Across 1. Fluid controls 5. Aka Teflon 8. ___ point, upon cooling a vapor mixture, this is the point at which droplets of liquid first appear 10. Type of bouncing stick? 12. Energies of one dyne 14. Magnesium silicate 17. A liquid or gas that dissolves a solid, liquid or gaseous solute 19. Metal mixture 20. "See ya!"...
December 1, 2008
The winners are Brian W. S. Kolthammer, Research Fellow at The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; and Shyam Lakshmanan, group general manager at See Sen Chemical Bhd & Malay-Sino Chemical Industries Sdn Bhd (Perak, Malaysia; Their careers are summarized here. For more on the award and its history, click here. Brian W. S. Kolthammer With 33 U.S. patents and numerous...
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...
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