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June 10th, 2011
Cover Story: 2011 AIChE Salary Survey Chemical engineering salaries have remained stable over the last two years at a median of $110,000. Average starting salaries have risen to nearly $66,900. This article provides basic salary data. AIChE members can obtain an expanded version, with additional information and tables and more detail, from CEP’s website. Back to Basics: Selecting a Heat Exchanger Shell The first step in specifying a shell-and-tube heat exchanger is choosing the right shell to meet process requirements. Global Outlook: Japan’s Chemical Industry: From Post-War Recovery to Globalization The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan had a devastating impact on the people and industry of this economic and cultural giant. This article reflects on the emergence of Japan’s chemical industry in the half-century since World War II that led to its current position — from which it will begin a new recovery. Computational Methods: Integrate Compressor Performance Maps into Process Simulation Transforming the performance maps to a reduced coordinate system that is independent of suction conditions and rotational speeds allows these curves to be accurately incorporated into a process simulator. Safety: Implement an Operational Discipline Program to Improve Plant Process Safety Built on a solid foundation of leadership support and employee involvement, an operational discipline program can help to prevent serious incidents and injuries, and improve overall site safety and business performance. News: Salinity Difference Generates Electricity ... Two-Particle Systems have Power-Generating Abilities ... Reprogrammable Nanowire Circuit Could Enable Nanowire Computers ... Carbon Nanotubes Create a Synthetic Neural Synapse ... Cloaked Nanoparticles Target a Variety of Tumor Cells ... Patch Helps Heart Tissue to Heal Itself ... Sensor Detects and Identifies Bacterial Infections Quickly ... Trace Gas Detector Chirps at Terahertz Frequencies ... Palladium Nanoparticles are Key to Gas Sensing ... Chem Economics: The Relationship Between Private Investment and Unemployment Plus: Process Automation Corner: Making It In America ... What’s New: Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition ... Product Digest: Environmental Equipment ... Process Safety Beacon: Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster? ... Books ... Institute News: President-Elect Candidate Statements, ScaleUp, AIChE eLibrary, Member News, Calendar ... Profile: Bill Hammack — A Mr. Wizard for the Social Media Age The June 2011 issue of CEP is now available online. AIChE members receive access to CEP, including a searchable archive of issues dating back to 2001, online here.