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Learn To Be More Creative By Flexing Your Creativity Muscle

Posted on November 24th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

strongbrain

Creativity is a central trait of any good engineer or scientist. Although often overlooked, our ability to be creative is crucial in most of the work we do. From the mundane, day-to-day work to the big breakthroughs that everyone takes notice of, a creative approach underpins every step of the best technical minds. Continue reading “Learn To Be More Creative By Flexing Your Creativity Muscle” »

Breakthrough Innovation at Any Speed

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

How novel must an innovation be to achieve “breakthrough” status? Is it merely the invention of the of something new and different – the what – or is it first necessary for the innovation to achieve successful commercialization – the how? When it comes to manufacturing, we are currently poised for another breakthrough moment. Take the jump to find out more.  Continue reading “Breakthrough Innovation at Any Speed” »

Our American Lost in Paris: Green Chemical Application Designer

Posted on November 20th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

Cal State Biomimicry Team

I am so deeply moved by the work of Nohemi Gonzalez, (second from left), who tragically lost her life one week ago in the attack in Paris. Nohemi, a student at Cal State Long Beach focusing on industrial design, was 23 and studying abroad for a semester at Strate School of Design in Paris.

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Outcome Focused: From “Out of the Box” to “There is No Box”

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Issue or outcome? As engineers charged with the responsibility of maintaining and growing our company’s profitability through its product line, dowe focus too much on incremental improvement at the expense of breakthrough innovation? Does the necessity of addressing very real day-to-day issuesContinue reading “Outcome Focused: From “Out of the Box” to “There is No Box”” »

Dow’s Andrew Liveris Honored with Kavaler Award, Speaks Sustainability

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

Nasa Carbon Study

What is meant when we toss around the term sustainability, in terms of chemicals production and innovation? In my view, out of all of the green chemistry principles from design for degradation to real-time pollution analysis, perhaps the most fundamentally significant shift toward greener chemistry will be the move toward a biofuel based economy. Continue reading “Dow’s Andrew Liveris Honored with Kavaler Award, Speaks Sustainability” »

The Beauty of Blue Sky Thinking (And why we find it so hard)

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

Chemical R&D

BST

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)” »

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