Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig brings his monthly columns to video.
Mark has more than 40 years of editorial experience in technical publishing. Since 2003, he has been Editor in Chief of Chemical Processing, where he is responsible for the overall editorial content of the magazine and its Web site. He selects topics for coverage, works with experts and other sources to provide suitable content, edits articles and writes columns and stories.
He started with Chemical Engineering magazine, serving in a variety of progressively more responsible positions, including four years as European Editor based in London, and 13 years as Managing Editor. He then went on to lead Chemical Engineering Progress magazine as Editor in Chief for 11 years. He has won the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award of the American Business Media and a Gold Award for editorial excellence of the American Society of Business Press Editors. He earned a bachelor of chemical engineering degree from The Cooper Union in New York City, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Mark lives in New York City, where he has been driving his Studebaker GT Hawk for almost 30 years. He also has more than 50 typewriters.
Below you will find a list of his Ramblings in chronological order. Enjoy!
Mark gets his game on as he talks about a promising online game that debuted in late March. It comes from a company that some might consider an unlikely source -- Siemens Industry, Inc.Watch Now
Mark discusses the fact that companies face increasing pressure to disclose, as well as optimize, water use. The rising cost and tighter regulation of water, coupled with concerns about adequate long-term availability in many regions, is prompting many chemical companies to treat water conservation as an imperative in their sustainability efforts.Watch Now
Mark stresses that we should not ignore energy auditing. Technology and regulations will make chemical operations increasingly energy efficient. For instance, sites adopting digital fieldbuses gain access to data on equipment health that can provide early warning of performance degradation as well as diagnostic information that can lead to true predictive maintenance.Watch Now
Mark hopes for the best that abundant supplies of domestic natural gas may open up more feedstock opportunities. Longer-term, the prospects may be even brighter: "With improving competitiveness resulting from developments in shale gas, the United States may once again become a favorable location for investment."Watch Now
Mark thinks we can learn a lot from Dow Chemical. In fact, in early October, Dow Chemical received the 2010 Robert W. Campbell Award from the National Safety Council (NSC), Itasca, Ill.Watch Now
Mark notes that mundane assets can pose significant risks. Many plants now boast markedly better performance and reliability than they were able to achieve in the past. A major reason for such gains has been increasing reliance on sophisticated equipment and software that have become available thanks to the continuing evolution of technology.Watch Now
When Mark got his chemical engineering degree, the job market was buoyant. He had lots of offers, including from a leading global chemicals producer, a distillery and a shoe polish maker. Most involved starting out in a production role. That was the norm. Hear what he thinks about about this career move.Watch Now
Mark asks: Where is America's equivalent of Ashok Kumar? A chemical engineer who worked extensively in industry, he was the first and only chemical engineer in the U.K.'s House of Commons. In 1997 he was elected as a Member of Parliament for an area that's a major chemical production center.Watch Now
Mark tells us to expect a lasting legacy after oil finally stops flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon. Cleanup and restoration will take a long time, probably decades. Long-term changes in spill-response planning and regulation undoubtedly also will occur.Watch Now
World travel isn't as appealing to Mark as it used to be. Having been posted abroad for a number of years and traveled extensively over his career has jaded him a bit. Nevertheless, he does frequently get out of the office. In this video he talks about a state-of-the-art valve testing facility occupies site of historic factory.Watch Now
Mark comments on President Barack Obama's first nominees for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB): Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D., to be chair and Mark A. Griffon to be a member. If confirmed, these appointments would bring the board back to a full complement of five members.Watch Now
Listen as Mark discusses a study that points to considerable cash flow benefits from better performance. Effectiveness in using resources differs markedly among some major chemical companies and that difference has a significant financial dimension, according to a recent report "Sustainable Value Creation by Chemical Companies."Watch Now
Asian countries are gaining momentum according to the National Science Board's report to the President and Congress on the state of science, engineering and technology in the U.S. See what Mark has to say about it.Watch Now
Mark notes that Chemical companies continue to face financial pressures. With funds tight for capital expenditures, there's less motivation to send engineers to the show, especially when firms also are curtailing non-essential travel to save money.Watch Now
You get what you pay for. Mark urges readers to not risk finding out whether bargains really will work right.Watch Now
Tipping his hat to safety, Mark discusses how the American Chemistry Council is moving proactively to influence legislation.Watch Now
According to Mark, there's really nothing funny about our image as technocrats. But there are a few one-liners that will make you smile.Watch Now
According to Chemical Processing's Editor, American kids need more awareness of engineering careers -- and a better education.Watch Now
Mark Rosenzweig discusses a new report that promotes inherently safer technology for hazardous facilities.Watch Now
This time of year has Mark thinking about how donating time and technical expertise can transform the lives of people in the developing world. One organization called Engineers Without Borders offers technically trained people (and others) a chance to make a real difference in the developing world.Watch Now
Mark looks back at the rich history of Chemical Processing magazine. Can you imagine starting a publication today called Equipment Preview for Process Industries Production Men? Probably, not. However, industry and society was different when that magazine, the predecessor of Chemical Processing, debuted in September 1938.Watch Now
Mark attended several large conferences run by automation vendors. Certain topics such as cyber security, control system migration and wireless technology have gotten a lot of attention at all of them. However, Honeywell did something different to highlight its value -- presenting a lively and informative skit called "Becoming Wireless."Watch Now
Mark says it's not surprising that many plants continue to rely on older equipment and systems. Indeed, in these tough economic times for the industry, its even harder in many cases to justify capital spending for upgrades or replacements.Watch Now
The news in late April from AkzoNobel that it would retire the ICI name saddened Mark because it seemed an ignominious end for what had been one of the worlds leading chemical companies. ICI was only a shadow of its former self when Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel completed its takeover a few months ago.Watch Now
Mark notes that process automation continues to evolve, giving plants increasing options to improve their operations. Groups like the HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation as well as vendors conscientiously strive to add features and capabilities.Watch Now
According to Mark, plants can benefit from idiot lights -- similar to the "check engine" idiot light on a car. After all, many maintenance staffs suffer from reduced staffing and expertise, making it tough to consistently and comprehensively check the health of the multitude of equipment on site.Watch Now
In honor of the ongoing presidential nominating process, Mark will remove his pocket protector, put away his slide rule and change from a mild-mannered magazine editor to a super-powerful political pundit: He predicts that the next president of the United States will push for concerted action against greenhouse gas emissions.Watch Now
Technology really can transform worthless materials into gold, notes Mark. Researchers in the U.K. are developing a process to use glycerol for making hydrogen. This would offer a pair of significant benefits providing an outlet for glycerol, a material now with limited demand yet whose output is growing because its a byproduct of burgeoning biodiesel manufacturing, and enabling a renewable resource to displace natural gas as a feedstock for hydrogen.Watch Now
If you ask Mark, for more than 70 years, if one reference has epitomized what chemical engineering is all about its been "Perrys Chemical Engineers' Handbook." Now, a new edition the first in a decade has just come out.Watch Now
Mark discusses how an actor is drawing attention to thriving plants and the importance of manufacturing. Perhaps you remember Cliff Claven, postal worker and source of an endless stream of useless and often inaccurate trivia on the classic television series "Cheers." Well, John Ratzenberger, the actor who played Cliff, has taken on a far from trivial task doing what he can to promote U.S. manufacturing.Watch Now
Mark notes that every day seems to bring news about the perils of another product from China. The list grows and grows: tainted petfood ingredients, unsafe additives in juice, toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, faulty tires, childrens toys with lead paint or too small parts Its almost getting to the point that we should call some Chinese exports not goods but bads.Watch Now