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What Makes An Engineer An Engineer?

Posted on February 24th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


For the last 65 years the birthday of George Washington has been celebrated by observing National Engineers Week in the USA. The week of February 22nd has been used to call attention to the contribution that engineers make to our society. Continue reading “What Makes An Engineer An Engineer?” »

Solving The Right Problem (And How To Save Yourself A Headache When You’re Done)

Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


At a basic level, an engineers role is to solve problems. Charged with designing, defining, building, making and implementing solutions, it’s an engineers job to address a particular need and fix or improve something. Whether the solution is in the form of a Continue reading “Solving The Right Problem (And How To Save Yourself A Headache When You’re Done)” »

What does a chemical engineering degree get you?

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


When I started graduate school in Chemical Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, I thought I would be a professor. I liked research, I liked my classes and most of all, I liked being in college. Continue reading “What does a chemical engineering degree get you?” »

Harvesting the Sea’s Advanced Material Bounty

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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© Nevit Dilmen [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Now schooling us with the most elemental of objects, it seems Mother Nature is no longer content to occasionally put humans back in their place using a natural disaster like a tsunami or earthquake. Continue reading “Harvesting the Sea’s Advanced Material Bounty” »

Have Ache in your Body? Stick it!

Posted on February 19th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

Medherant Patch

Image Source: Warwick University

You may say that is not nice.  It actually is!  Because now you can treat the pain with medicinal patches.  Let’s start with a little primer on pain relief pills. Continue reading “Have Ache in your Body? Stick it!” »

Sustainable Development Using The CADMID Cycle

Posted on February 17th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


In my last post, we started to unpack some of the questions we need to be asking when embarking on any sustainable development program. Today, I’m going to take a closer look at a model that can be used to describe a product lifecycle and give a useful framework when considering sustainable development. Continue reading “Sustainable Development Using The CADMID Cycle” »

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