Management and Supervisory

Project Management for Chemical Engineers

Face-to-Face Course
In today’s global and fast-paced world, the ability to manage complex projects is vital to keep up with the chemical industry’s demands and needs...

Conflict Management

Archived Webinar
Oct 19, 2016
Conflict making your work day difficult? Learn how the best chemical engineers manage it. In 60 minutes, you’ll examine what conflict is, common reasons underlying conflict and why managing it - rather than resolving it - is not optional, but a part of your job. You’ll consider the different types...

Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen and Kata for Chemical Engineers

Archived Webinar
Oct 5, 2016
Involved in or leading improvement initiatives? Gain a quick introduction to Lean Six Sigma tools and how to put them to work for you. In this 60-minute introduction, you’ll gain insight into several case studies that globally transformed operations using Lean Six Sigma operational and management...

Fundamentals of Applied Project Management

Archived Webinar
Aug 3, 2016
Project Management consists of many principles, skills, and tools that are essential in today's project-oriented workplace. For a chemical engineer to be successful, a basic understanding or project management is practically a requirement. This presentation will highlight the most essential...

Program Management: Techniques and Pillars

Archived Webinar
Oct 22, 2015
Vice Admiral Joseph Dyer, USN (ret) speaks to the VLS about creating successful programs. He will provide insight on his view that programs – be they fighter planes, pharmaceutical production lines, or major construction projects have much in common. This talk will provide insights and give you a...

Planning and Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

Archived Webinar
Aug 5, 2015
Performance appraisals are an essential part of any supervisor’s position whether they have one or many direct reports. However, most managers dread the thought of conducting formal (often annual) performance appraisals. In this webinar, we review the essential elements in preparing and conducting...

Should a Chemical Engineer go to Business School?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
An MBA can increase your ability to consciously think of business development as you perform your role. It can lead to change of career, change of...

Building Trust - A Key Leadership Skill

Archived Webinar
Oct 1, 2014
We discuss what it means to be a trustworthy leader, how to build trust within teams, and what are the best behaviors to maintain trust within your team. The ability to build trust within your team or organization is a key interpersonal skill for effective leadership at all levels. A team that has...

Key Finance Measures for Successful Projects

Archived Webinar
Sep 18, 2013
This webinar is designed to help engineers and chemists develop a better understanding of basic accounting and finance concepts. IIt will be of interest to those contemplating getting a business degree as these topics are usually covered in the first required finance and accounting course in the...

Ragagep 101

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEPs) play an important role in US-OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard (29...

Is Your Operation Prepared for Economic Recovery?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Proposed Title ” Is Your Operation prepared for Economic Recovery?” The world economy has been depressed for several years. During that time, changes...

Innovation in Improving Performance

Archived Webinar
Apr 17, 2013
This webinar focuses on ideas for improving the performance of individuals who work in industrial settings.

Leadership Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Archived Webinar
Feb 20, 2013
This webinar discusses the “hidden leadership” opportunities that are woven into everyday roles, how to recognize these opportunities and take advantage of them.

Critically Thinking About Critical Thinking

Archived Webinar
Oct 24, 2012
Have you ever examined another person's solution to a problem and found yourself frustrated and asking yourself "What were they thinking?" when you realize that the person's actions actually compounded the problem rather than solving it. In this webinar, the presenters will first define the problem...

Working Across Distances: The Challenge of Global Teams

Archived Webinar
Oct 17, 2012
Teamwork can be challenging, especially when a project involves people in multiple locations or time zones, and of various cultural backgrounds. This webinar lays the groundwork for practicing effective global teamwork when working across cultures and/or distances.

Effective Delegation

Archived Webinar
Mar 21, 2012
Learn principles for successful delegation, applying to professionals in industry, academic, and government sectors.

Financial Investment & Management

Archived Webinar
Aug 25, 2011
An overview of different investment types and strategies, such as risk management, retirement accounts, mutual funds & stocks, commodities & precious metals, and ways to maximize your investments over the long-term.

Work Would Be So Much Easier Without People

Archived Webinar
Mar 24, 2011
Our training as engineers focuses on the physical sciences, and the relationships we learn about are generally mathematical ones. However, the day-to-day work of engineering requires constant interactions with people, and our career success depends as much on how we handle those interactions as it...

Bridging the Generation Gap

Archived Webinar
Feb 17, 2010
This interactive session focuses on concrete ways to minimize conflict, maximize communication and build productivity in a multigenerational workplace.

Patent Fundamentals for Engineers

Archived Webinar
May 5, 2009
Ever wonder what a patent looks like, what rights are conveyed by a patent, or how your actions can bar any right to obtain patent protection for your invention? Whether in academia or industry, every engineer should understand the basic principles of patent law. Learn how to document your...

How to be an Expert Witness in an Adversarial Proceeding

Archived Webinar
Feb 3, 2009
Dr. Joseph J. Cramer will give fellow engineers insight into the nature of a trial or administrative law proceeding, and show how this type of adversarial proceeding differs from the collegial environment.

A Winning Business Assessment: The Key to Success for your Project

Archived Webinar
Nov 11, 2008
Scientists and engineers in chemicals and advanced materials industries are some of the most prolific inventors and innovators in all technology businesses. But before innovations can command significant corporate or other support, proposed projects must be assessed as to their viability and impact...

You Got Your PhD, Now What? - Video Blog of the Annual Meeting's Best Non-Technical Session

October 20, 2011

Having a PhD does not mean you have to spend your whole career working in research. Experienced attendees discussed how they overcame the stereotype that PhDs are research workers and moved into leadership roles in industry. A Q&A session addressed career planning issues that new PhDs should consider when starting out in industry.

I captured some highlights of this session in the following videos:

Look to the Future with Succession Planning

December
2016
Business
Don McDermott, Sandra Marshall
As experienced individuals retire or leave your organization, make sure business objectives can still be met by establishing a succession plan.

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016

This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Becoming a Leader

August 5, 2013

Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine talks to senior executive coach Mike Martorella to learn how engineers can become successful leaders.

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Sales

November 15, 2011

We are always selling. Vendors sell goods, consultants sell advice, politicians sell themselves, demonstrators who occupy Wall Street sell their cause, entrepreneurs sell new concepts, artists sell designs, and even parents sell their standards. Regardless of the way you describe it, teaching, pitching, proposing, convincing – sales is about getting another person to do something and we all need to know how to do sales well to get things done.

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Final Thoughts

November 23, 2011

The ChE discipline would benefit by putting just as much focus on developing the next generation of Jack Welchs as well as Linus Paulings. What is the business case for doing so? This series has shed light on how these other skills directly affect our careers and ability to get work accomplished and even the potential impact on the financial viability of our engineering departments.

Your First Year as a Manager

May 1, 2014

If you are considering or have been offered a management position, how are things going to change for you? What is that first year going to be like? Dr. Jonathan Worstell outlined some answers to these questions and a framework for the transition of the new manager.

YPC Presents an "MBA the ChemE Way" Workshop

October 23, 2012

If you are like most engineers, you didn’t have much time for electives in college – and when you did, economics may not have been your cup of tea. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if AIChE had some business-related programming at the Annual Meeting for Young Professionals to learn more and add to their skill sets? Your wait is over!

Book Review: Open Innovation

March 1, 2016
Open innovation may be the latest buzzword, but it's value to chemical engineers goes well beyond a shiny new expression to toss about. Check out this review of one of the latest books dedicated to the subject.

The Magnificent Seven: Tips for Successful Team Management

October 3, 2011

Many tasks are solved by teams, but they can either work together harmoniously with great results, or cause real headaches and produce very little. By keeping seven key tips in mind, you can keep your team on track to success.

Lessons on Leading Change

June 6, 2014

What type of leader are you, and what are your strongest abilities? Learning to lead means understanding where your strengths as a leader lie so you can also learn to manage your weaknesses.

Book Review: Navigating Strategic Decisions

May 4, 2015

Navigating Strategic Decisions: The Power of Sound Analysis and Forecasting by John E. Triantis.  CRC Press, 2013.  405 + xxix pages.  US$104.95 (hard cover).

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Intro

June 28, 2011

An experience all chemical engineers (ChE) share is the variety of reactions they get at parties: “You’re a chemist? You destroy the environment? You have a life outside of crunching numbers? Or perhaps the reaction is the inevitable eye-glazing and quick transition to the weather. Occasionally, one meets a person who knows a ChE and their reaction is something more along the lines of, “So, you’re a smarty pants.”

Transitioning to Management

June 14, 2013

Loraine Kasprzak, CMC, of CEP magazine interviews senior executive coach Mike Martorella for advice on making the transition from engineer to manager.

Transforming Teams

July 1, 2016
A business classic on team building shares techniques for building strong teams and results.

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Finance

July 5, 2011

Most engineers I knew in my MBA program went into finance. It’s not too surprising: you need to be analytical and highly skilled in Excel. Our academic cousins in Physics were applying differential equations at Long Term Capital Management (the case study for “math gone wrong”) and prior to the housing crisis Wall Street was even hiring engineers without their MBAs (article). But there is a difference between finance for the Street and the finance used to drive operations. We’ll focus on the latter and how it ties into our fundamental building block for ChE: The Material & Energy Balance.

Solve Problems Inventively

April
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
The TRIZ methodology encourages you to approach problems from a different angle. Here’s a primer on the basics of the technique and the tools available to implement it.

People - The Key to Successful Project Management

September
2004
Career Catalyst
Eldon R. Larsen
While Gantt charts, timelines, budgets, resource constraints, quality challenges, performance measures, and other tools are important, they are neither meaningful nor effective without people.

Managing Inventorship to Maximize Patentability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2009
This presentation will focus on guiding principles and best practices to manage innovation so as to best leverage patentability.

Use TRIZ in Reverse to Analyze Failures

May
2005
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
Asking “how could I make this fail?” can help you to identify potential problems that you might not otherwise have considered.

2011 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2011
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries have remained stable over the last two years at a median of $110,000. Average starting salaries are nearly $66,900. This expanded version of the article that appeared in print provides the detailed survey results.

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