CEP: June 2019

AIChE’s 2019 Salary Survey reports on the impact of factors such as age, gender, experience, industry, and location on the salary of chemical engineers nationwide. This year, we took a closer look at recent graduates, in an attempt to understand the transition from student to young professional. Other topics in this issue include cybersecurity, smart manufacturing, and evaporative cooling towers.

Editorial

It’s in My Nature

Again?!? That was the reaction of some of the editors when I said I was writing this editorial about nature. CEP readers may know that I love being outside in nature (because I have written on this theme before). This time, my motivation is a press release entitled “Stressed? Take a 20-minute nature pill,” which I came upon as I was getting ready to leave for my latest Arizona hiking vacation...

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2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Overview

June
2019
Salary Survey
The results of AIChE’s biennial salary survey are in, revealing positive advances for the chemical engineering profession. The median annual salary of respondents to the 2019 survey is $126,000 — a 1.6% increase over the 2017 median of $124,000.

2019 AIChE Salary Survey: Expanded Analysis

June
2019
Salary Survey
Chemical engineers continue to earn more than the average U.S. worker. The median salary of survey respondents is $126,000 — 1.6% higher than the median reported in 2017.

Integrate Cybersecurity into Process Hazard Analyses

June
2019
Safety
Addie Cormier, Chris Ng, P.E.
Cyberattacks can infiltrate and disrupt industrial processes, causing operational disturbances, equipment damage, and even injury to employees. Incorporating cybersecurity into process hazard analyses can help you identify the vulnerabilities in your facility.

Smart Manufacturing: Hope or Hype?

June
2019
Back To Basics
Munawar Saudagar, Minghua Ye, Sultan Al-Otaibi, Khalid Al-jarba
The chemical process industries (CPI) are hurtling toward a smarter future, but confusion and exaggeration around new technologies are causing some to want to stay behind. Sober guidance on selection, implementation, and utilization of digital tools can help differentiate the hope from the hype.
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