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Working Women, Children Into The Formula

"I am woman, hear me roar." Helen Reddy belted out that anthem in the early 1970s and the Women's Rights Movement thanked her for it. Today, women are part of every career path, but there is still a shortage of female engineers.

Let Cartoons Be Your Guide To Chemistry

My nephew's birthday is coming up, which means I have to find him a gift that is both fun and functional. Well, it doesn't have to be functional, but I prefer it that way. He is going to get his fair share of Scooby-Do gear, toy rockets and pirate paraphernalia.

State Schools Outrank The Ivy League

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.

Manufacturing Gets Positive Public View

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.

Give Engineering Students The Upper Hand

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...

School Encourages Girls To Excel In Science And Engineering

A friend of mine from high school recently attended a presentation at his daughter's school about its STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. He noted that he was amazed by the confidence and poise of the students there as they talked about computers, robotics, and engineering in general.

Engineering Degrees Prove Lucrative

A recent article on Yahoo! HotJobs lists the best degrees to have if you want a lucrative career. I was pleased to see the Top 2 degrees/jobs were for folks in the chemical industry. According to a salary survey from the  National Association of Colleges and Employers, these are the...

Revealing The Science Behind A Better Education

I recently read an article that talked about President Obama's potential plan to lengthen the school day and/or eliminate summer breaks for American kids.  Based on the fact that many U.S. kids are falling behind their peers in other countries when it comes to test scores, it may be...

Chemical Engineering: Understanding The Curriculum For Quality Manufacturing

Chemical Engineers during their training are taught that they will commercialize and/or operate a process that will produce consistent quality product all the time (without re-work) using a safe, sustainable and an economic process.

The Best Programming Language For Process Control

Our Ask the Experts (ATE) area has experienced an uptick in traffic due to a posting regarding programming languages for process control.