chemical+engineering category archives

A reader asked me a question about using wikis for student group projects. I have some ideas, but I'd love to hear from my readers with suggestions as well.
Carl Sagan: "Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligent is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used."
I'm in Philadelphia this week for the AIChE Annual Meeting, which is its usual collection of networking and technical sessions about all things engineering. There was a session today on the application of Web 2.0 ideas in chemical engineering.
The September issue of Chemical Engineering Progress has an "Ask the Experts" column on Managing a Responsive Supply Network (pdf) by Ray Adams of SAP.
I am leaving independent consulting and Chicago. Many people have heard the basics - here are the details as I know them today.
Christina Pikas has some thoughts and questions about the kinds of people for whom blogging works as personal information management. Can scientists jump onto the blogging bandwagon? Does it make sense?
I was pleasantly surprised to find the announcement for session Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning" at the 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting. There is another session on Integrating Data, Knowledge Models and Tools."
Touching Molecules With Your Bare Hands: Scripps Research Scientists Describe New Way of Interacting with the Unseen World of Proteins and DNA. 3D printing and computational chemistry doing cool things together.
"'Knowledge discovery' could speed creation of new products" is a press release about chemical engineering, AI and product design from Purdue University. Go engineers!
Just in case you forgot that I am a chemical engineer by training, here is a link to the 49th Annual (Safety in) Ammonia Symposium that showed up in my mailbox today.
I had an interesting conversation the other day. An organization that does both research and manufacturing wants a system that will help them see knowledge across all their products. Does anyone know of such a monster?
On November 17, 2003 Michael Shafer's computer found the 40th known Mersenne prime, 220,996,011-1! Michael is a chemical engineering graduate student.
During the AIChE conference last month, and during many such conferences, the question of what is it to "do" chemical engineering arises. I've always liked to think of it as using chemistry, math, physics to develop salable goods and services. Even this doesn't fit all people who do chemical engineering.
At the AIChE meeting, Cawas Cooper from Air Products talked about a project that evolved from their Innovation Week, where people were encouraged to come up with new ideas and collaborate with their colleagues to sell the idea to their respective management. Those projects that get management blessing are pursued.
More from the AIChE meeting. Jonathan Worstell of Shell Chemical in Houston talked in a a number of sessions about the importance of Concurrent Engineering. In Worstell's view, the basic problem that Concurrent Engineering solves is that projects are too complex and too long for traditional serial engineering, where each phase...
Some more thoughts about designing experiements based on talks at the AIChE annual meeting.
I have a lot of thoughts running about my head after the AIChE conference. One of the topics that happens to have a lot of blogosphere crossover recently is working with limited resources, whether in the lab or in business.
National (U.S.) Mole Day is 23 October 2003. Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.
As a chemical engineer by training and someone who likes to cook, it is good to know that scientists like to ply their skills in the kitchen.
Maybe I am overly sensitive, but why is it that chemical engineers show up on this side of the equation? One of the WTC bombers in 1993 was reported to be a chemical engineer. And I remember another terror circumstance in which the bad actor was a chemical engineer.
I was going to complain about how slow the chemical industry has been in reporting significant changes to the FDA interpretation of the 21 CFR Part 11 rules on Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures in FDA-mandated activities. It turns out that there has been relatively little in the mainstream Chem Eng outlets at all.

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