CEP: August 2009 A politician trying to find out why her opponent won kept hearing the same question: What have you done for me lately? With the second half of the year well underway, now seems to be a good time to let you know what we've done for AIChE members lately... Share 2009 AIChE Salary Survey August2009Career CatalystChemical engineering salaries are up 7% from two years ago, to a median of $110,950. Furthermore, average starting salaries have risen to over $65,000. Managing Dust Explosion Hazards August2009SafetyVahid Ebadat, Ph.D.Companies that handle powders or other particulate solids need to be aware of the potential for fire and explosions, and follow industry best practices, codes and standards to manage the risk. Improve Combustion System Efficiency August2009Heat TransferBill AxonFollow these pointers for maximizing the performance of furnaces and burners. Prepare an Effective Intellecutal Property Business Plan August2009ManagementSteven R. HansenThe intellectual property component of a business plan is instrumental in protecting and promoting engineering innovations. Here’s how chemical engineers can provide valuable input into the preparation of an IP business plan. Cooling Towers, Part 1: Siting, Selecting and Sizing August2009Back To BasicsLoraine HuchlerAn evaporative cooling tower can be an effective way to reject process heat. Here’s a guide to some of the early design decisions. The Power of Affirmation August2009Career Catalyst Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction.