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Carlton Washburn

Carlton Washburn

Lecturer, Engineer and Product Development Expert

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Though trained as a mechanical engineer with a background in physics, Carlton Washburn found a home in chemical and process development for the semiconductor industry early in his career. Serving in both technical and business roles, he offers insights into the methods that teams use to develop custom chemical solutions and how they integrate the products into manufacturing processes. Having also spent some time in academia, Carlton taught graduate and undergraduate courses on project management, marketing and technology management. When he’s not mentoring young engineers and solving technology problems, Carlton enjoys cycling and downhill skiing.


Posts by Carlton Washburn

From Sour Milk to Advanced Sensing Materials

Posted on March 15th, 2017 in New Materials & Applications

I’ve attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) three out of the last four years.  One of the trends that has persisted through the nearly schizophrenic shows has been the Internet of Things (IoT).  The idea is that a network of sensors communicating through the internet will open up an automated system Continue reading “From Sour Milk to Advanced Sensing Materials” »

The Innovation Sequence

Posted on January 5th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Innovation can be a new idea, a new product, or a new process. An innovation needs to solve a problem in a new way, saving time or money or creating a new opportunity, otherwise it’s only a novelty.  With this in mind, what role can chemicals and materials play in the innovation process? Continue reading “The Innovation Sequence” »

The Future of Materials

Posted on August 19th, 2016 in New Materials & Applications

Recently Google was issued a patent for an adhesive applied to the hood of a car (U.S. Patent No. 9,340,178, 2016).  The adhesive’s purpose is to catch a person who has been struck by a car, keeping them from bouncing off the hood and getting run over. Continue reading “The Future of Materials” »

The Typical Innovator

Posted on June 20th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

As the popular story goes, true innovators labor alone, hidden, toiling over their invention. Iteration after iteration, moving through a learning cycle that removes an idea that didn’t work. Continue reading “The Typical Innovator” »

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