Starting the Year Off Right

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Even though editors on Chemical Processing have technical degrees, including new Senior Editor Diane Dierking, a chemical engineer who joins us this month after more than 10 years in industry, we understand that to properly serve you we need ongoing inputs from people who work in the chemical industry.

    With that in mind, we have just established an editorial board whose members are committed to helping make Chemical Processing as useful as possible to you. Board members span a range of sectors, specialties, functions and experience. That's a key strength, as it will give us views from different vantage points.

  • Victor H. Edwards is process director for Aker Kvaerner, Houston.
  • Timothy C. Frank is a research scientist and senior technical leader in the Engineering Sciences/ Market Development Lab of Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich.
  • Benjamin L. Paterson is a senior engineering consultant for the Indianapolis Bulk Operations of Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis.
  • Roy E. Sanders is compliance team leader for the chlor/alkali production facilities of PPG Industries, Lake Charles, La.
  • N. Ellen Turner is a senior chemical engineer for Eastman Chemical, Batesville, Ark.
  • Ben Weinstein is a section head in the Modeling and Simulation Dept. at Procter & Gamble's Corporate Engineering Technology Lab in West Chester, Ohio.
  • Jon H. Worstell is a senior staff chemist for Shell Chemical, Houston.
  • Sheila Y. Yang is a process engineer at Jacobs Engineering, Cincinnati.

    The editorial board will help us fine-tune our current content and identify future enhancements to Chemical Processing.

    One enhancement that we already knew we should make also debuts this issue. It's our Plant InSites column, which will provide real-world troubleshooting advice from an experienced practitioner, Andrew Sloley, a process engineer for VECO USA in Bellingham, Wash. The column will appear every other month. It complements the Process Puzzler department we launched last year to give you a chance to share your expertise.

    Another change appears this issue -- in physical form of the magazine. We have gone to a better paper and a stapled binding. To be honest, switching from "perfect" binding saves us money, which allows us to invest more in content. And, the historic advantage of perfect binding, a flat spine printed with the magazine's name and date, isn't valued by many readers anymore.

    These moves are only a start. We expect to enhance our content throughout 2004.

    By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief

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