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Why Innovation Operations are Critical

The future of the CPI depends on sound innovation. The guidance provided here will help organizations to shape an effective innovation strategy that can give them a competitive edge You would be hard-pressed to find a company in the chemical…

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Owning Your Career: Taking a Hard Look at ‘Soft’ Skills

A personal development strategy helps to set engineers up for success in their personal and professional lives As chemical engineers, we have been trained to be data-driven, fact-based problem-solvers. This focus serves us well when we are tackling difficult technical…

Industry Mentors: An Integral Part of Education

An experienced engineer who mentors young engineers and a student mentee share their perspectives Mentors provide critical support and guidance to students pursuing an engineering education, and complement coursework aimed at readying a new engineer for the workforce. Mentorships can…

Engineering Internships: A Win for Students and Companies

Insights to the benefits of internships for both students and the employing companies are discussed Internships have become an important part of the professional landscape. Both students and companies in the chemical process industries (CPI) benefit from the relationship. For…

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U.S. Patent Rights: Think Twice Before Disclosing Your Invention

These cautionary tales provide insight that can lead to best practices for scientists who are seeking patents for their inventions Publish or perish is a maxim in the scientific community, where scientists are encouraged to share their work quickly and…

Career Guidelines for Young Engineers

A senior engineer reflects on his career and shares his experience and wisdom with the next generation of engineers While all engineering degrees are inherently valuable and flexible when it comes to career options, the engineering sphere has never been…

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Outsourcing and Offshoring Engineering and Fabrication Activities

Follow these tips to get the most out of these high-risk, high-reward, third-party arrangements Outsourcing is the subcontracting of a business function to an outside entity. The concept of outsourcing was first articulated by David Ricardo, an English economist in…

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Training Today’s Workforce

Integrated console, virtual-reality simulation offers learning for maximum, measurable training efficiency Modern techniques are being used for realistic plant training for control room operators, field operators, and operations and maintenance personnel. Simulator training has been shown to result in better…

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Re-Establishing Course

Changing employment situations can leave affected employees trying to redefine their career paths. The positive experiences shared by these authors can provide some options and strategies ┬áThe corporate world can be challenging because business fluctuates with time, and employment reductions…

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Tips for the Multitasking Engineer

These tips, based on experience, can help engineers keep on top of their many tasks It is not uncommon for engineers to be working on multiple projects at the same time. Have you been in a situation where project priorities…