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Attracting Students to STEM Fields

Posted on March 29th, 2018 by

Chemical R&D

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STEM may be one of the most frequently uttered acronyms of the last few years. Everywhere you turn, educators and business titans and the media are talking about the importance of STEM Continue reading “Attracting Students to STEM Fields” »

Ending E-Waste by Going Green

Posted on March 27th, 2018 by

Chemical R&D

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A growing form of refuse that is polluting the planet is electronic waste, or e-waste. Electronics are nothing new, of course, but people used to keep their televisions, VCRs and appliances for many, many years Continue reading “Ending E-Waste by Going Green” »

Data Can Help Drive Clean Infrastructure—But It’s Not Enough

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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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the horrors of train crashes and bridge collapses to the climate change crisis and natural disasters, crumbling and outdated infrastructure is failing us in many different ways.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” »

Planning Backwards™, Part 2

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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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.

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Planning Backwards™, Part 1

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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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” »

Bio Inspired Materials: The Electric Eel

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by

New Materials & Applications

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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” »

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