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“Sayonara” or “2.0” for Manufacturing in the US?

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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There’s nothing quite like a presidential election cycle to dredge up old wounds and throw in some salt – this time, it’s manufacturing jobs. Continue reading ““Sayonara” or “2.0” for Manufacturing in the US?” »

Not Too Big to Jail: Freedom Industries Executives Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

Posted on March 16th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Two years ago, on January 9, 2014, Freedom Industries spilled almost 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) into the Elk River in West Virginia, Continue reading “Not Too Big to Jail: Freedom Industries Executives Sentenced for Environmental Crimes” »

Q-Carbon and The Man Who Makes His Own Diamonds

Posted on March 15th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

Galileo is said to have disproved the popular astronomical beliefs in early seventeenth century.  He spoiled the public perception of lunar beauty by reporting craters on the moon’s face!   Continue reading “Q-Carbon and The Man Who Makes His Own Diamonds” »

Cutting the Cord of Plug-in Electric Cars

Posted on March 14th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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Can history hold the solution to the range limitations on current plug-in electric vehicle batteries? Instead of focusing on improving battery materials, perhaps the answer is in the cord? Continue reading “Cutting the Cord of Plug-in Electric Cars” »

The Ideal Team Size

Posted on March 10th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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I have always found the world of research and product development interesting, in part due to its counterintuitive nature.  For example, have you ever noticed that when your job description says Individual Contributor, you work on more teams than you have fingers to count them? Continue reading “The Ideal Team Size” »

Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: The Role of Process Engineers

Posted on March 9th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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The suggested working definition of sustainability is:

Sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how systems remain productive indefinitely; it is the endurance of systems and processes. Sustainability includes four interconnected domains: processes, economics, politics and culture. 

Continue reading “Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: The Role of Process Engineers” »

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