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Competent(cy) Innovation

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


The goal of innovation should not only be novelty and uniqueness, but to also to commercialize products (and companion products) that have long-term competitive advantage.  Sustained competitive advantage can make a good innovation a great innovation.  Continue reading “Competent(cy) Innovation” »

Building Great Engineering Teams

Posted on April 13th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Success in modern engineering is powered by effective teams. Almost all of the products we create, systems we innovate and problems we solve are too big and too complex to handle on our own. Continue reading “Building Great Engineering Teams” »

Leading a Venture within a Corporation

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Finally, after many months of making a business case to the C suite, you get the approval to fund a transformational project across two businesses or with a major partner. You’re ready to execute. So how is this different than leading any other innovation project? Continue reading “Leading a Venture within a Corporation” »

Alpha Moments: Celebrating Chemical R&D and Manufacturing Innovations

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


The term ‘Alpha’ has many meanings. It can be the first letter in the Greek alphabet, a socially dominant male animal, or even concepts in software development, physics and chemistry. Continue reading “Alpha Moments: Celebrating Chemical R&D and Manufacturing Innovations” »

Innovation in Alloy AND Form

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


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Alcoa is helping Airbus take to the skies, transforming powdered titanium to aerospace parts using 3DP. Continue reading “Innovation in Alloy <i>AND</i> Form” »

Working Alone In The Crowd

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Last time, we looked at the view that innovative ideas and solutions come most often from small teams or solo inventors and engineers. Continue reading “Working Alone In The Crowd” »

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