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Communicating in acronyms

 Language evolves. As the needs of the users change, language adapts to meet those needs. One way to adapt is to add new words. “Selfie,” for example, now a well-known word, has only been in popular use for a few…

Advancing with automation

Many, if not most, of us have heard of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Simply stated, it refers to the manufacturing application of the Internet of Things, or the interconnectedness of “smart” machines. Similar to what we see with…

Ensuring a water supply

This past December marked the dedication of the largest seawater desalination plant in the U.S. The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, named for the former Carlsbad, Calif. mayor who was instrumental in choosing the location, is designed to provide…

Tackling environmental challenges

Last month marked the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). World leaders gathered in Paris, France with the goal of working out an international agreement aimed at minimizing global warming and…

Incorporating social media at work

The explosion of electronic devices that surround us greatly influences the way we function, particularly in the area of communication — how we find entertainment, get information and make connections with others. Video screens seem to be everywhere: at work,…

A ‘most wanted’ safety improvement

In the chemical process industries (CPI), dust can present an issue far more menacing than a housekeeping nuisance. Combustible dust is in fact, much too often listed as a cause of serious, and even fatal accidents.   Incidents In January…

Inspiring Women in the CPI

Good role models can greatly influence the path of a person’s career. While role models don’t always receive awards, recent announcements of award recipients describe a number of professionals in chemistry and chemical engineering who have been singled out for…

Redesigning our look

Technology continues to change at a rapid pace — particularly when we look at recent advances to our personal computers and mobile devices. As such, we at Chemical Engineering have been working on improving our online presence by taking advantage…

Winning achievements in ‘green chemistry’

For the past 19 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) has been honoring innovative technologies that reduce hazards to humans and the environment. These achievements are of great interest since developing safer and environmentally sustainable processes…

Focusing on STEM

I recently read an article in my local newspaper about the Museum of Math, also known as “MoMath” (New York; www.momath.org), which piqued my interest and prompted me to learn more about it. The gallery of photos and videos on…