Chemical Reaction

Forget Tears, Onions Produce Electricity

While perusing the Web trying to figure out if all varieties of onions cause people to tear up, I stumbled across a news blurb that made me proud I knew what an anaerobic digester was and why it was used.

Have We Got A Job For You

My local newspaper, The Plain Dealer, highlights top jobs in its Employment section. Usually I skip past most jobs, which are usually in the health-care field. But yesterday that paper featured engineering and called it a vital manufacturing career. I agree.

BASF Breaks Ground On Groundbreaking Technology In Ohio

On occasion I attend ground-breaking ceremonies for various manufacturing and chemical facilities. On even rarer occasions I get to do so in my own backyard. Well, not literally my backyard – but pretty darn close.

What's Old Is New And Refreshing Again

I just got off the phone with my father-in-law. He is a long-distance truck driver. He also is a former blacksmith, U.S. Army Green Beret and general tinkerer. What he is not: computer savvy.

I'm In Pain, Therefore I Swear

I am a klutz. I trip over things. I run into things. I hurt myself at least once a week. True to schedule, last week I broke my little toe. I was on my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night and stubbed my toe.

Reader Doesn't Trust Lawyers But Would Vote For Chemical Engineers

A letter to the editor regarding Mark Rosenzweig's September column "We Need More Engineers In Congress" recently came across my desk.

What Are The Best Jobs of the Future?

Since I was a kid, I've been enamored with the future. I give the credit to the cartoon "The Jetsons." Watching George Jetson push a button on his briefcase to transform it into a spacecraft was something I couldn't wait to do when the present finally caught up with the future.

Author! Author! Our Experts Write Books Too

One of our Ask the Experts panelists, Girish K. Malhotra, alerted me to the fact that he has a new book coming out soon. It's slated for a February 2011 release, but he tells me it may be available as early as November.

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.