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Posted on February 22nd, 2018 by Christina ValimakiChemical Manufacturing Excellence
There is a reason that infrastructure is the word on everyone’s lips these days—because it intersects with so many other issues that society is dealing with in the 21st century. From the horrors of train crashes and bridge collapses to the climate change crisis and natural disasters, crumbling and outdated infrastructure is failing us in many different ways. Continue reading “Data Can Help Drive Clean Infrastructure—But It’s Not Enough” »
Posted on February 2nd, 2018 by Carlton WashburnChemical Manufacturing Excellence
This post is written in two parts. In the first we explored a journey I started years ago trying to understand better ways to manage chemical development projects. This second part details experiments run in the classroom that combined to form the framework of Planning Backwards.
Posted on January 31st, 2018 by Carlton WashburnChemical Manufacturing Excellence
This post is written in two parts. The first explores a journey I started years ago trying to understand better ways to manage chemical development projects. The second part details experiments run in the classroom that combined to form the framework of Planning Backwards. Continue reading “Planning Backwards™, Part 1” »
Posted on January 11th, 2018 by Chris WalkerNew Materials & Applications
When it comes to designing new materials, it’s often worth turning to nature for inspiration. After millions of years of evolution there’s a vast array of complex materials all around us. Continue reading “Bio Inspired Materials: The Electric Eel” »
Posted on January 9th, 2018 by Chris WalkerChemical Manufacturing Excellence
Picture for a moment a pile of bricks, where each brick could be somehow programmed to intelligently self-assemble with the others. As you’d imagine, making a complex structure like a house or a castle with technology like this would be a trivial task. Continue reading “3D Printed “Smart Particles” Promise Revolutionary Micro Structures” »
Posted on January 8th, 2018 by Chris WalkerChemical Manufacturing Excellence
Most engineering challenges stretch far beyond the technical. The technical elements are just a piece of the puzzle and are often the easier parts to solve. It’s normally the social, economic or political parts of the problem that are the most difficult. Continue reading “The Plastic Bank Addressing Human Problems” »
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