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The World’s Greatest Problems Demand Engineering Innovation

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Futurists and technologists recently came together to draw up their own list of 14 “Grand Challenges” that they believe must be tackled by the end of this century. Among these challenges are security issues such as preventing nuclear terror and scientific goals like reverse-engineering the human brain. Continue reading “The World’s Greatest Problems Demand Engineering Innovation” »

The Art Of “Good Enough”

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Engineering is all about boundaries, constraints and what we’re able to achieve within them. But one thing I’ve found to be true about engineers is that we’re almost never satisfied. There’s always a little bit more to do. There are always small improvements to make, problems to iron out, designs to hone. Continue reading “The Art Of “Good Enough”” »

On Motivation: Autonomy In The Workplace

Posted on September 27th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

We’ve looked before at the impact our motivation (or lack of) can have on our work or that of the people around us. Last time I talked a little about some of the different things that can motivate people, and in particular the effectiveness of intrinsic motivators rather than extrinsic motivators (things like autonomy and purpose rather than money or extra vacation time). Continue reading “On Motivation: Autonomy In The Workplace” »

What Makes An Engineer An Engineer?

Posted on February 24th, 2016 by in 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?” »