Author: Gwen Higgins

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Gwen Higgins

Name: Gwen Higgins

Bio: Gwen Higgins is a Professional Engineer and freelance writer who happily lives and works in beautiful Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. She is also a member of AIChE's Virtual Local Section. Since graduation, her career has taken her to the famous Oil Sands of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and a pulp mill in southern British Columbia. Gwen enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and children. Contact Gwen at

December 19th, 2013


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Thanks to my career, I can ignore hype and separate fact from marketing fiction. If a product is labelled "green," I'm skeptical. ZEBETA FOR SALE, I'll read the label to understand what's in it and how it works. I know that bamboo fabrics are actually viscose from cellulose fibers in bamboo, produced using a chemical process. I've also discovered that some "green" cleaners have the same ingredients as regular cleaners – the only difference is the packaging, and the higher price.

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I learned to solve nearly any problem by:

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I've used this to figure out what type of heat exchanger will work best, to diagnose plant operation problems, and even to choose a new car.

What are some of the most practical things you've learned as a chemical engineer?

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March 27th, 2013


By Gwen Higgins
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March 13th, 2013


By Gwen Higgins

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MIT has made a treasure trove of course materials available to the public on its Open Courseware site. This site differs from Coursera in that the course materials are made available after the courses take place, order CECLOR no prescription, CECLOR blogs, and you don’t register as a participating student. The Writing and Humanistic Studies section contains many courses that will appeal to science and technical writers, as well as those in other genres.

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This site is aimed at college-level students and others who need to improve their writing skills. It includes a free open-source textbook used as reference material for the Duke University course mentioned above. The site’s publisher and executive editor is Joe Moxley, Ph.D., a Professor of English at South Florida University.


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February 26th, 2013


By Gwen Higgins

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Where should engineers start their search to find relevant certifications in their field?

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A Holistic Approach to Sustainability: An Interview with Laura Gimpelson, P.E.

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Want to know how sustainability goes beyond the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas production? Check out this interview with Laura Gimpelson, a registered professional engineer in multiple states with more than 30 years of experience in green technology, environmental cleanup, and environmental safety. Laura will be presenting at the upcoming Virtual Local Section later today.

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February 17th, 2012

February 23 Virtual Section Meeting: Job Search Resources

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Are you seeking a job? Are you getting ready to graduate? Do you want to
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October 26th, 2011

Virtual Local Section Quarterly Update – October 2011

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The Virtual Local Section’s vision is: “No Chemical Engineer Left Behind.” In recognition of the fact that many engineers work in remote locations and may be unable to participate in physical meetings, the VLS aims to connect them to their profession.

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