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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 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...
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.