Archives :: Career Tools :: Professional Development

Displaying 21 - 35 of 35 stories.
July 15, 2008
Monitoring Our Atmosphere Please refer to the Editor’s Page, April 2008: Mr. Gerald Ondrey’s last sentence sums it up. "Ultimately, the only truly green solution is to reduce consumption — the second law of thermodynamics says so." Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R, Md.) speaks out plain and clear regarding energy policy, but colleagues respond politically and not...
April 15, 2008
  A 360° feedback report is a way for employees to learn how they are perceived by direct reports, colleagues, managers, customers, and strategic business partners — hence the term 360° because it generates a "full circle" of information concerning job performance. In recent years, 360° reports have provided valuable information as organizations have become less...°-Feedback-Report_3801.html
October 31, 2007
In an age of biofuels, advanced materials, and specialty chemicals, what should chemical engineers concentrate on to advance their careers? The buzzwords to chase these days are anything bio, nano, and micro. Professor Tony Pavone, who teaches chemical engineering process design at Stanford University in California, and also consults with SRI Consulting (Chem Show; New York; Booth 703), says that it is...
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...
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
    While statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS; Washington, D.C.; and trends reported by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Arlington, Va.; suggest chemical engineers seeking work may be singing the blues, chemical processors and chemical engineering professors are belting out a very different tune. According to BLS’s 2000 to...
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...
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...
Pages: « Previous  1 [2]

Get more from
Get email updates in your inbox


Subscribe to:
Chemical Engineering Magazine

Chemical Engineering Magazine and Archives

Plant Cost Index

Join us on... Twitter LinkedIn

LinkedIn Groups

Our LinkedIn group is now over 33,000 members strong!

  1. Join other CPI professionals from all over the globe and share best practices, expertise, concerns and more.
  2. Provide feedback to Chemical Engineering Editors

Current members represent Worley Parsons, DuPont, SABIC, Fluor, Air Products, LyondellBasell, Nalco, Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, BASF, Jacobs Engineering, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and more.

Join Now

We also offer the following subgroup for more targeted discussions:

Search the Buyers' Guide

Plant Cost Index

Facts at Your Fingertips (archive)

Ask the Experts

Back Issues
To access this area, please log in or create an account.
Forgot your password?
Request it now.
Live chat by BoldChat