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CEP: Editorial - ChemEs Just Need to Have Fun

January
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Last month, I wrote about creativity and pointed out two ways to spark your creativity — relax, and look at things in a fresh way. As I was researching that editorial, I kept coming across another creativity booster: fun.

CEP: YPOV - K-12 Outreach: It’s Fun and Beneficial to Your Career

November
2014
YPOV
Colin Young
I have been involved in K-12 outreach for the past five years and have worked with students of all ages — from first graders to high school seniors. For me, outreach has been both personally and professionally rewarding. Through outreach, I have gained some valuable skills, which I think every engineer, especially young engineers, can benefit from.

Complete Your Capital Project Efficiently

January
2015
Career Catalyst
Glen Rosentrater
Capital projects are complicated and can be fraught with all sorts of issues. Follow these guidelines for safe and efficient work — to avoid problems, maintain relationships, and ensure your success as a construction manager.

Employment of Chemical Engineers

January
2002
Special Section
Freeman Self , Freeman Self
An analysis of past employment data can help identify future trends in chemical engineering. FreemanSelf-EdEkholm-

SBE Special Section: Biopharmaceuticals (Full 19-Page Supplement)

December
2015
SBE Special Section
Chun Chen, Chetan T. Goudar, Huong Le, Todd Przybycien, Nigel Titchener-Hooker
SBE Update: Continuous Progress in Biopharmaceuticals; Continuous Processing in Upstream Operations; Continuous Processing in Downstream Operations; A Look at the Regulations

CEP: Editorial - Batteries — Can’t Live without Them …

October
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
And living with them isn’t always easy, either. Two experiences drove the latter point home to me recently. As we were working on this issue with its special section on lithium-ion batteries, both of my laptop’s batteries — the main battery that...

SBE Supplement: Biochemical Engineering - Cell-Free Bioprocessing

November
2013
SBE Special Section
James Swartz
The ability to exploit a cell’s contents and capabilities unimpeded by cell walls opens new opportunities for the field of biochemical engineering. Cell-free biology could become the basis for making products from hydrogen to cancer vaccines and more.

CEP: Editorial - Getting ChE Education Right — Part 2

June
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Our discussion of chemical engineering education began in the April issue, with the news story “How Well Are We Preparing ChE Students for Industry?” and my editorial, “Getting ChE Education Right.” This month, we look at education again, with two more articles. The April articles resonated with Russ Rhinehart, a professor at Oklahoma State Univ., and inspired him to write a letter to the editor, which became this issue’s Commentary, “Educating Students to Become Engineers” (pp. 14–15). By coincidence, the AIChE Journal Highlight, “A Broader Role for the Evolving Engineer” (p. 13), also focuses on education.

Consider the Role of Safety Layers in the Bhopal Disaster

December
2014
Safety
Dr. Ronald J. Willey
As the situation unfolded, numerous layers of protection failed. Take a look at the safety layers that worked and those that did not, and ask whether there are similarities at your facility.

Use Quantitative Gamma Scans to Troubleshoot Maldistribution on Trays

February
2013
Reactions and Separations
Henry Z. Kister
Quantitative, multichordal gamma-scan analysis is invaluable for diagnosing maldistribution and channeling in distillation columns. The graphical tool introduced here is a convenient way to visually represent the data.

CEP: Editorial - Energy Literacy

November
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
A poll conducted by the Univ. of Texas at Austin ( www.utenergypoll.com/newsroom ) in September found that the average American does not have a good understanding of energy issues. What’s saddening is that many don’t seem to care much about energy...

Size Control Valves for Lab-Scale Laminar Flow

March
2014
Fluids and Solids Handling
Grant Girouard, Paul Martin
Existing equations used to size control valves are inadequate for laboratory- and pilot-scale work. Use the simple equation introduced in this article to accurately size needle control valves for laminar and transitional flow.

CEP: YPOV - Electricity and the Environment

July
2014
YPOV
Noah Meeks
Electricity generated by fossil fuels is a relatively stable and low-cost commodity, and fossil fuels will continue to be an important source of energy for the forseeable future. The environmental impact of electricity generation is minimized...

Control Column Pressure via Hot-Vapor Bypass

February
2015
Back To Basics
Daryl Hanson, Henry Z. Kister
Hot-vapor bypass employs a flooded condenser located at ground level to control distillation tower pressure. It offers capital cost savings, but can be tricky to implement. This article offers guidance on designing and troubleshooting a hot-vapor bypass system.

Automate Your Batch Process — Part 2

September
2015
Instrumentation
Cecil Smith
A chemical engineer’s knowledge of the process is an asset to batch process automation efforts. Learn what aspects of batch process automation deserve special consideration, as well as issues on the horizon for this developing field.

Commentary: Why CRS Does Not Publish Its Reports

October
2015
Commentary
David Gushee
The Congressional Research Service provides objective, nonpartisan analyses that enable Senators and Representatives to make informed public policy decisions. The public policy world these days is filled with biased, distorted, or just plain...

Editorial: A Vote for Science and Engineering

December
2015
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Even though the election of a new U.S. President is almost a year away, it’s hard to ignore the news media’s extensive coverage of the many candidates — their debates, their campaign speeches, their experience; almost anything they do or say is fair...

The Road to Sustainability

June
2007
Special Section
Darlene Schuster
What are some of the resources available to support industry's implementation of sustainability?

OSHA's New Chemical NEP: How to Make the Grade and Earn Extra Credit

October
2012
Safety
Heather Forgione, Henry Ozog
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluates chemical facilities’ process safety management systems through a new national emphasis program. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of receiving citations, streamline the inspection process, and pave the way for future excellence.

CEP: YPOV - Successfully Navigating in a New Career

May
2015
YPOV
Kyle Kramer
Congratulations to those of you who are graduating this month! This is a monumental time in your life. If you already have a job lined up, you are ready to walk across the graduation stage and into your future career. However, being the new person...

CEP: Editorial - From To-Do to Done

June
2015
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
I find inspiration for my editorials in all sorts of places. This month’s topic came to me from a list of strange holidays, where I came across September 6, Fight Procrastination Day. You might expect this in the October issue, or later, given the...

New Products: December 2015

January
2016
Instrumentation Temperature Transmitters Feature Dual Sensor Inputs The THZ 3 and TDZ 3 two-wire (loop-powered) temperature transmitters provide an isolated and linear 4–20-mA output proportional to input. They can be configured quickly and easily...

Algal Biofuels: The Research

March
2011
SBE Special Section
Kuan-Chen Cheng, Kimberly Ogden
The individual technical elements of the algae-to-biofuels process have already been demonstrated at the laboratory scale. Ongoing research seeks to refine the technology to enable scaleup to commercial production.

A MagDot-Nanoconveyor Assay Detects and Isolates Molecular Biomarkers

December
2012
SBE Special Section
Jeffrey Chalmers, Maryam B. Lustberg, M.D., Kalpesh Mahajan, Brandon Miller, Gang Ruan, Ratnasingham Sooryakumar, Gregory B. Vieira, Jessica Winter
The ability to quickly analyze, separate, and manipulate multiple types of biomarkers from small sample volumes is a significant step toward personalized medicine.

Calendars

November
2015
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar; AIChE Academy Calendar; Webinars

Moving Process Safety into the Board Room

September
2015
Safety
B. Karthikeyan
Top management is often unfamiliar with the high-risk process safety decisions being made on a daily basis by plant managers. Incorporate this method into your management of change (MOC) procedure to ensure that all decisions are consistent with your organization’s risk-tolerance level.

Books - November 2015

November
2015
Books
Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor, 2nd Edition Peggy A. Pritchard and Christine Grant, Eds., Academic Press, San Diego, CA, $44.95, 518 pages, July 2015, ISBN: 978-0-12397-1-814 This comprehensive guide compiles career advice...

Spotlight on Safety: Enable Employee Growth and Success

November
2015
Spotlight on Safety
Albert Ness
On a recent talk radio program, Zeynep Ton, the author of the book The Good Jobs Strategy, discussed the defining factors of a good job — fair wages, predictable schedules, and opportunities for growth and success. The last element — opportunities...

CEP: Software

September
2015
Software
Plant Resource Manager Centralizes Data Version R3.20 of this plant resource manager (PRM) software improves maintenance efficiency and enables centralized management of data produced by monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment...

New Products - November 2015

November
2015
New Products
Product Digest: Heat Transfer Plate Heat Exchanger Facilitates Efficient Operation The TK20 semi-welded, gasketed plate heat exchanger is suited for applications where high efficiency is key, such as evaporators, condensers, desuperheaters, and...

The Malaysian Chemicals Industry: From Commodities to Manufacturing

November
2015
Global Outlook
Dominic C. Y. Foo
A wealth of natural resources is an advantage for Malaysia’s chemicals industry. Since it became independent in the mid-20th century, the country has evolved from a commodities-based economy into a technology and engineering hub

Process Safety Beacon: Wrong Hose Causes Ammonia Leak

November
2015
Process Safety Beacon
One morning in July 2009, at a plant in South Carolina, a truck of anhydrous ammonia was unloaded into a storage tank using a hose stored on the truck trailer. Shortly after the transfer started, the unloading hose ruptured and released a cloud of...

Making Plastics: From Monomer to Polymer

September
2015
Back To Basics
Pete Sharpe
Versatility, ease of manufacture, and relatively low cost make plastics some of the most useful materials for a wide range of applications. This article explains the chemistry and production processes behind two of the most popular plastics — polyethylene and polypropylene.

Israel’s Chemicals Industry: From the Desert to the Dead Sea

October
2015
Global Outlook
Since Israel’s independence in 1948, its chemicals industry has flourished thanks to the Dead Sea and the minerals it provides. A highly educated and skilled workforce makes this small nation a global power player in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

Institute News

November
2015
Institute News
Board of Directors’ and Institute Awards; SBE Names Bailey and Wang Awardees; New Journal: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine; Giving Tuesday Challenge; AIChE Foundation Honors McKetta with Naming of Honor Society; Your AIChE Membership: Discounted Products and Services

AIChE Journal Highlight: A Sustainable Approach to Process Safety

November
2015
Journal Highlight
Process safety engineering involves the use of fundamental engineering knowledge (e.g., thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and kinetics) to develop and apply measures to prevent, mitigate, and respond to catastrophic incidents. The objective of this...

CEP: What's New

February
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation; fluids and solids handling; operations and maintenance; and environmental, health, and safety.

CEP: What's New

December
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation, operations and maintenance, fluids and solids handling, and environmental, health and safety.

What's New - Expo Preview

June
2012
New Products
Read about products and services on display at the Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibit.

Process Safety Beacon: Water, Water Everywhere...

October
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Water can be found throughout most chemical processing facilities — whether it is being used to clean buildings and equipment or as a lubricant, seal flush, or process solvent. Water also serves as a common heat-transfer fluid, suitable as cooling...

What's New?

May
2012
New Products
See the latest in laboratory equipment—benchtop meters featuring intelligent sensors, instrumentation, operations and maintenance, and materials.

CEP: What's New

September
2014
New Products
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CEP: What's New

January
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation, fluids and solids handling, and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

July
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of bioprocessing; instrumentation; environmental, health, and safety; laboratory equipment; and materials and chemicals.

CEP: What's New

December
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of heat transfer, instrumentation, environmental, health, and safety, and operation and maintenance.

CEP: What's New

May
2015
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of heat transfer; fluids and solids handling; environmental, health, and safety; materials and chemicals; and operations and maintenance.

Product Digest: September 2015

September
2015
Product Digest
This month's topic is pumps. Dosing Pumps Offer Smooth Operation These dosing pumps are suitable for intermittent or continuous dosing in high-pressure, low-flow applications. They are a cost-effective and reliable alternative to more-costly gear...

Books - October 2015

October
2015
Books
Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking Richard E. Nisbett, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY, $27, 336 pages, Aug. 2015, ISBN: 978-0-37411-2-677 Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more...

Institute News

October
2015
Institute News
MAC will Honor Pioneers of Diversity Diversity Summit McKetta Celebrates 100 Years AIChE Gala Your AIChE Membership: Group Insurance Benefits

CEP: New Products

August
2015
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling, materials and chemicals, bioprocessing, and operations and maintenance.

Material Matters: Robots Enhance Inspection

October
2015
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
On July 4, 1997, the Mars Pathfinder delivered a six-wheel rover, named Sojourner, to the red planet to explore the terrain and demonstrate the feasibility of low-cost landings on the Martian surface. NASA completed that successful mission with...

CEP: What's New

November
2012
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of heat transer; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; materials and chemicals and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

June
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation; fluids and solids handling; materials and chemicals; bioprocessing; and environmental, health, and safety.

Books: September 2015

September
2015
Books
Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends The Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need Brady G. Wilson, BPS Books, Toronto, ON, Canada, $18.99, 190 pages, June 2015, ISBN: 978-1-77236-017-2 Statistics reveal that one in...

CEP: What's New

November
2013
New Products
Read about new products on display at the 2013 Chem Show, December 10-12, New York City.

CEP: What's New

August
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling, instrumentation, and laboratory equipment.
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