March 2016 CEP Preview



Big Data: The Four Vs

Big Data: What Is It?

Big data can pave the way to greater business and operational insight. New approaches and technologies are poised to help you navigate your journey.

Big Data: Success Stories in the Process Industries

Big data holds much potential for optimizing and improving processes. See how it has already been used in a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to pulp and paper.

Big Data: Getting Started on the Journey

This article discusses some experiences and challenges in establishing an enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) platform at a major chemical manufacturing company, and recommends steps you can take to convince your management to harness big data.

Big Data: Challenges and Future Research Directions

The big data movement is creating opportunities for the chemical process industries to improve their operations. Challenges, however, lie ahead.


PID Explained for Process Engineers: Part 3 – Features and Options

Understand the common features and options that are often incorporated into digital implementations of the PID block.


Optimize Aerobic Fermenter Operation

Fermenter optimization involves determining a profile of agitator and compressor speeds that satisfy the required oxygen transfer rates. Optimization minimizes power consumption, which will save you money.


  • Hybrid Polymer Reversibly Assembles and Disassembles
  • CRISPR Edits Genes to Treat Liver Disease in Mice
  • Simplifying Solar Cells with a New Mix of Materials
  • Shape-Changing Polymer Morphs with the Touch of a Finger
  • Shrink-Wrap Pressure Sensor Works Even When Bent
  • Nanoparticles Shape-Shift to Deliver Chemotherapy


  • AIChE Journal Highlight: Solving Global Challenges with Multiscale Systems Engineering
  • Technical Entity Trends: When Resources are FEW
  • Leadership Q&A: Transforming a Business
  • Catalyzing Commercialization: Nanofibers Produce Mega Impact for High-Efficiency Separations
  • Process Safety Beacon: Safety Devices Used as Control Devices
  • Patent Update: When Does Patent Infringement Become a Federal Offense?
  • Young Professionals Point of View: What to Ask During an Interview — and What Questions to Avoid
  • Expo Preview: Interphex
  • Product Focus: Flowmeters
  • Books
  • Calendars
  • Institute News
    • Council for Chemical Research Reorganizes Under AIChE
    • Kramvis Is AIChE Government and Industry Leaders Award Lecturer
    • AIChE Expands Inclusiveness Initiatives with “Safe Zone” Session
    • International Society for Water Solutions Announces New Leaders
    • Your AIChE Membership: Technical Divisions, Forums, and Technological Communities
    • Member News

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