Chemicals & Materials Now!
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About the author:
Chris Walker is a Systems Engineer by trade and has become a seasoned writer over the last few years. A University of Cambridge graduate, he’s spent most of his career in the UK Defense Industry, working on the cutting edge of technology. Chris is excited by innovation, new ideas and systems for making things happen, which you can expect to be common threads through everything he writes here.
Posts by Chris Walker
Posted on November 13th, 2015 in Chemical R&D
We’ve all been in those meetings. The ones where we’re trying to be “creative”. Everyone sits in a circle and comes up with idea after idea after idea. We’re told that “anything goes”, that we should “just shout out any idea we think of” and that “there’s no such thing as a bad idea”. It’s Blue Sky thinking, where we’re supposed to capture absolutely every idea, no matter whether it’s good, bad, relevant or absolutely absurd. This is just about capturing ideas, and anything goes. Continue reading “The Beauty of Blue Sky Thinking (And why we find it so hard)” »
Posted on November 9th, 2015 in New Materials & Applications
Chris Walker discusses the importance of making responsible materials choices:
For more than 20 years, the term “climate change” has been on our radar. Fossil fuels, power stations, passenger vehicles. They’re all labeled as the main culprits. But there are plenty of other big offenders that most of us tend to simply overlook. Continue reading “Making Responsible Materials Choices” »
Posted on November 6th, 2015 in Chemical R&D
Chris Walker shows us why failing fast and spectacularly is essential to succeed in Engineering. Continue reading “Engineers Need To Fail – And Fail Fast” »
Posted on October 27th, 2015 in Chemical R&D
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Chris Walker discusses how we can innovate innovation: