Chemical Reaction

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.

Flash Drive Launches Cyber-Attack

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.

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...

ACS Taps Into The Chemistry of Beer and Brewing

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.

Let's Hear It For Really Old Stuff

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 . . .

3M Facebook Page Targets Fire Suppression, Features Elvis

3M recently launched a Facebook page called 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. The page is said to be designed to advance the science of clean agent fire suppression via peer-to-peer communication. The hope is that fans of the page will chat about environmental regulations that affect the fire protection...

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.

Summer Reading Takes Aim At The Periodic Table

While leafing through my latest issue of Entertainment Weekly I stumbled across an interesting book review. Normally these reviews are reserved for vampire-laden sagas and tantalizing tell-all books. But the book up for review was neither otherworldly nor gratuitous.

Transboundary Harm Could Impact A Power Plant Near You

In 2009 The Federated States of Micronesia filed a lawsuit against the Prunerov power station in the Czech Republic stating that pollution from the power station threatens the island's existence – despite the fact the island nation is 8,000 miles away.

Cartoon Caption Intimidates Its Way To The Top

Hoping to avoid disaster here at Chemical Processing, we chose the latest Comical Processing cartoon caption winner wisely.