CEP: November 2016 Food irradiation is one of the least understood food processing technologies. This month’s On the Horizon article discusses the science, technology, and current applications of two methods of food irradiation. Other topics in this issue include condensate returns, financial pinch analysis and patents. Editorial The Introverted Leader — An Oxymoron? For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought of myself as an introvert. Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, explains that introversion is a preference for lower-stimulation environments. Introverts draw their energy from quiet reflection and solitude; extroverts thrive in crowds and crave stimulation in order to feel at their best... Read more Share Stop Knocking Your Condensate Return November2016Back To BasicsJames R. RiskoCondensate return systems can have a big impact on productivity, energy efficiency, and site reliability. Use this guide to better understand your condensate return, optimize its operation, and mitigate common pitfalls such as high backpressure and water hammer. Introduction to Electron-Beam Food Irradiation November2016On The HorizonSuresh D. PillaiNonthermal food processing technologies, such as X-ray and electron-beam irradiation, may be used to eliminate pathogens in raw foods, pasteurize delicate food products such as fresh produce, and perform phytosanitary treatment. Feeling the Pinch? November2016BusinessSantanu Bandyopadhyay, Dominic C. Y. Foo, P.E., Raymond R. TanTight budgets can make prioritizing engineering projects difficult. Use the financial pinch technique to allocate funds logically and visually. Patents: What Makes an Invention Nonobvious? November2016Career CatalystM. Henry HeinesIn addition to being novel, an invention must be nonobvious to qualify for a patent. Learn strategies that have and can be used to qualify your invention as nonobvious. 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.