I knew there was a reason I went to a state school – other than the fact that I was paying my own way and it made financial sense to do so. It turns out that recruiters rank state schools higher in terms of quality employees.
I come from a manufacturing family. My dad works as a technician, servicing presses at a major commercial printer. My aunts and uncles all work for the same print company. My brothers are engineers for major heavy-industry and aerospace manufacturers. And then there's me.
Last month at the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore, Sue Armstrong, acting deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for infrastructure protection, announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard had reached an agreement that some facilities falling under the Maritime Transportation Security Act
At the beginning of the year I hosted a podcast interview on cyber security with Eric Byres, chief technology officer of Byres Security Inc. The interview was conducted to help our audience understand the risks of cyber attacks and learn how to mitigate them.
There is a lot of interesting new technology being developed around chemical security. Much of it is being funded by the government and specifically by DHS. I ran across an article about a college intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee who is working on sensors that can...
While sitting in on Chemical Processing's editorial board meetings, I have heard on more than one occasion that newbie engineers just don't have the hands-on experience needed to really hit the ground running. Our board members are highly respected in their field and are employed at some of the biggest...
When DHS first started implementing CFATS it gave farmers and agricultural facilities an indefinite extension on the deadline for submitting a Top Screen. The idea was to give DHS some time to figure out how farmers and ag facilities fit into CFATS and what the best process would be for...
Who says chemical industry events are boring? I have proof that this industry knows how to kick back, relax and have a good time. Case in point, The American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting a webinar that I plan on attending: Tapping into the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing.
If you haven't checked it out yet, you should go to the new CFATS Knowledge Center. Although it has been on the Web since the beginning of July it was just announced at the Chemical Sector Security Summit and it is live on the DHS site.
A few years ago I received a press kit from Klein Tools. The company was celebrating its 150th anniversary. Usually this sort of "news" gets pushed to the back of my desk, but the press kit came with a T-Shirt that said "My tool is 150 years old . . .