Author: May Shek

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May Shek

Name: May Shek

Bio: May Shek received her B.S. and Honors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston in 2002. She Immediately upon her graduation, she joined Shell in 2002 where she has held various position with increasing responsibilities: Process Technical Support to Olefins (2002-2004), Control Systems Support to Heavy Olefins and Aromatics (2004-2005), Economics and Scheduling Coordinator to Olefins, Heavy Olefins and Aromatics (2005-2007), Refinery Planner/Supply Chain Optimization Planner in Shell Canada (2007-2009). In early 2010, she has recently returned to Houston after her Shell Canada assignment in Calgary. Shek currently works as the Investment Planner/Asset Coordinator for the Deer Park Refinery. She has been active with campus recruiting since 2004. Since 2008, she has been on the advisory board of the CEP magazine. She is currently serving as a board member on the Engineering Alumni Association at the University of Houston. Besides working and volunteering, May enjoys playing the piano and practicing pilates. Since her stay in Calgary, she has been bitten by the running bug. She likes to run medium distance races (5k, 10k and Half Marathons). Readers can contact May via e-mail or the social networks below.

January 31st, 2013


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Start with small measurable goals

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No one ever said running was easy. Sometimes, ALTACE coupon, my goal was to overcome a setback. ALTACE brand name, My first running setback came after “mastering” the 6-mi distance with the walk breaks during the brisk Calgary autumn mornings. I thought running three miles without walk breaks would be achievable. How wrong I was, ALTACE FOR SALE.

During a vacation in Houston (on an 85°F, discount ALTACE, 100% humidity day), Effects of ALTACE, I attempted a seemingly easy 3-mi run...which ended after a mile and a half. What went wrong. As I later learned, buy no prescription ALTACE online, without proper conditioning, Purchase ALTACE online, running in the heat and humidity can significantly increase the body’s workload; I was not trained for the humidity. In essence, my goal was unrealistic based on the training I had, order ALTACE online c.o.d. ALTACE FOR SALE, However, because I was determined to improve, I made it my goal for the next few months to be able to run continuously for three miles without walk breaks.

Measuring progress

After I returned to Calgary, ALTACE no rx, I consulted a few more-experienced runners, and I slowly increased my mileage each week. I also focused on cross-training to help me better adjust to different weather conditions, is ALTACE addictive. Not only was I able to meet my goal of running three miles without walk breaks, ALTACE natural, after three months I was becoming more comfortable, and my breathing was less labored. I set my next goal: a 6.2-mi race in May 2009, ALTACE trusted pharmacy reviews.

Setting new goals

With discipline (and a stopwatch), a runner’s progress can be easily measured, ALTACE FOR SALE. To prepare for the May 2009 race, ALTACE images, I increased my running from three days a week to four, and I ramped up the mileage and my target pace. I also became more involved with my running group, buy ALTACE from canada, and found that surrounding myself with people who have similar goals can be very motivating. ALTACE from canadian pharmacy, Going into the 6.2-mi race, I set three goals for myself: enjoy the race; finish strong; and finish in under 50 minutes (if conditions permitted). When the starting gun fired, order ALTACE from United States pharmacy, my legs automatically sped up alongside a flock of runners. ALTACE FOR SALE, There I was, flying down the racecourse. Where can i buy ALTACE online, Halfway through the race, fatigue began to build. I trusted my training, ALTACE class. I checked my breathing and pushed through. Online buying ALTACE, After surging through the last uphill portion, the finish line was in sight. For those last few seconds, I sprinted, as fast as I could, toward the finish line, ALTACE FOR SALE. Not only did I reach my goals that day, I exceeded my time goal by one minute and 12 seconds.

More breakthroughs, with a little help

Since my first road race in May 2009, I’ve participated in 30 races of increasing distances — from 3.1 mi to a marathon of 26.2 mi — and each time I set a goal of beating my previous mark. With progress came more training and longer distances. I also learned the benefits of seeking help and coaching from others. ALTACE FOR SALE, While many of my goals have been self-imposed (e.g., beating my own time), external benchmarks also served as part of the feedback loop. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon became a goal when I trained for the January 2012 Houston Marathon. I had been training with a group of serious runners, and the leaders of the group became my coaches. They helped me arm myself with four months of training and a detailed race-day plan that accounted for contingencies. The goals for my first marathon were similar to those for my first race: enjoy the experience; finish strong; and start at a pace that is 10–20 seconds slower than my goal pace (the average pace needed to qualify for the Boston Marathon), and adjust based on the conditions.

One year later, I could still do a play-by-play of that marathon (which I will spare you), ALTACE FOR SALE. I can share that I ran the race at a consistent pace and I came in two minutes and 30 seconds under the qualifying time. My dream of running in Boston became a reality. The lessons I have learned from running translate to my day-to-day job:

  1. Set mini-goals where progress can be measured.

  2. Make overcoming setbacks part of the goals and assessment process.

  3. Surround yourself with others who have similar goals for motivation and support.

  4. Ask for feedback.

  5. Celebrate each milestone and incorporate lessons learned to propel you to the next goal.

Keep goals in mind, and by this time next year, you could find yourself in a whole new race, whether at work or in your personal life.
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June 23rd, 2011

The Concorde Is Gone, but Supersonic Travel Is on Its Way Back

By May Shek
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Longing for the days of glamorous supersonic travel aboard the Concorde but can’t quite reconcile the need for speed with your greener side? The European firm EADS, maker of the Airbus line of planes, unveiled a possible solution this week at the Paris Air Show. The company revealed plans for […]

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June 13th, 2011

Shaping the Future of Innovation

By May Shek

In today’s world where we are constantly striving to do more with less, innovation is the one of the keys for continuous improvement. In his blog on innovation and business strategy, Paul Hobcraft highlighted the challenges an organization must overcome in order to foster innovation.

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October 29th, 2010

Response to CEP Editorial: Seeking More Respect for Engineers—Case for Action

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In the October Edition of the CEP, Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Mascone has urged all engineers to step up to the challenge of seeking more respect for engineers.  The article can be found here.

I have a personal passion in sharing what I do as an engineer with students. I did not have […]

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September 28th, 2010

May’s Musing: Applying Chemical Engineering Principles in Running

By May Shek
Houston: 25 deg C, humidity 85%.  Heat balance concerns: Prevent overheating by proper hydration and slowing down.

Review of The Lore of Running by Timothy Noakes

Chemical Engineering principles can be applied to many everyday examples, including, yes, running. Timothy Noakes uses energy balance and heat transfer principles in helping us to improve running techniques. Unlike other running books, The Lore of Running is loaded with […]

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September 7th, 2010

The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable [Book Review]

By May Shek

May’s Musing: Have You Been Tempted?

A journey of self enlightenment in less than 1 hour: The FIVE Temptations of a CEO – By Patrick Lencioni

Whether you are aspiring to be a CEO of a company, the moral of the leadership fable can be applicable to anyone who leads a […]

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