CEP: April 2017 This month's SBE supplement presents an overview of the evolving field of plant genetic engineering, which has its roots in agriculture. As currently defined, plant synthetic biology combines engineering principles with plant biology for the design and production of new complexes and traits. Other topics in this issue include soft skills for ChEs (creative thinking and technical writing) and process control. Editorial Conquering Fatigue I scan a daily digest of press releases that I receive to get ideas for my editorials. One recent headline caught my attention: “Conquering Mental Fatigue.” I printed the release along with a few others I wanted to read. Only after I retrieved it from the printer did I notice that the title was “Conquering Metal Fatigue.” Read more Share SBE Update: The Blossoming Field of Plant Synthetic Biology April2017SBE Special SectionGabriel Levesque-Tremblay, Darlene SchusterSynthetic biology can be broadly defined as technologies that accelerate the process of genetically engineering biological systems. Although the field encompasses both plant and mammalian cells, in recent years, research has targeted mainly mammalian cells. A Brief History and Outlook on Plant Engineering April2017SBE Special SectionPatrick M. ShihAdvances in plant mutagenesis and transgenesis will enable more sophisticated and precise engineering efforts in plants. Synthetic Promoters for Precise Control of Gene Expression in Plants April2017SBE Special SectionC. Neal Stewart, Jr, Wusheng LiuSynthetic promoters can be designed rationally to provide tremendous advantages over their natural counterparts in terms of promoter strength and specificity. Delivering Genes to Plants April2017SBE Special SectionGozde S. Demirer, Markita P. LandryTraditional methods of gene delivery to plants are labor- and time-intensive, are suitable for only a small number of hosts, and have high toxicity and limited practical applicability. This article discusses how nanoparticle-based approaches could enable efficient gene transfer into plants. Solar-Driven Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products April2017SBE Special SectionBirger Lindberg MøllerUsing synthetic biology, researchers are harnessing the photosynthetic reducing power generated in the chloroplast for synthesis of high-value products. SBE Supplement: Plant Synthetic Biology (Full 28-Page Supplement) April2017SBE Special SectionSBE Update: The Blossoming Field of Plant Synthetic Biology; A Brief History and Outlook on Plant Engineering; Synthetic Promoters for Precise Control of Gene Expression in Plants; Delivering Genes to Plants; Solar-Driven Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products Soft Skills for Chemical Engineers April2017Career CatalystThe term soft skills refers to nontechnical proficiencies. As the name implies, soft skills are not rigidly defined but often include communication (verbal and written), teamwork and collaboration, leadership, creativity, and adaptability. Get Creative with Process Safety Management April2017SafetyPaul BaybuttCreative thinking is a necessary skill in process safety. While most people are born with the capacity for creative thinking, this skill can be lost through formal education and societal pressures that discourage it. Luckily, creative thinking can be learned. Become a Better Writer April2017Career CatalystRobert W. BlyYou may call yourself an engineer, but you’re also a writer. Follow these 10 tips to improve your writing. Process Control for the Process Industries Part 2: Steady-State Characteristics April2017InstrumentationCecil SmithChemical processing requires a different approach to control and automation than other types of machine and equipment control. This article focuses on the factors related to the steady-state characteristics of a chemical process. 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.