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August 20th, 2014

59th Annual Safety in Ammonia Plants and Related Facilities Symposium

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The 59th Annual Safety in Ammonia Plants and Related Facilities Symposium will take place on September 7-11, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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April 4th, 2014

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

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Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The Southern Company discussed mercury removal strategies.

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March 12th, 2014

After Canceling US GTL Project, Shell’s Natural Gas-Based Motor Oil Hits Stores

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Royal Dutch Shell just introduced a motor oil made from natural gas using its PurePlus Technology at it’s $19 billion Pearl Gas-to-Liquids facility in Qatar.

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If you have the option to do a rotational program, definitely take these pros and cons into consideration:


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I'll be returning in a few weeks with my next topic on my first rotation in design work.

I'd love to hear more ideas and personal experiences with rotational programs.  Please share your comments below!  For more on rotations, see this excellent post by another ChEnected blogger.

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November 21st, 2013


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BUY IMDUR NO PRESCRIPTION, Making the transition from ChE student to ChE professional means entering a new phase of education. Some is from books or continuing-education courses, but a lot is from colleagues and on-the-job experience. This series listens to recent hires and their mentors from different jobs, industries, IMDUR price, coupon, and locations. They’ll tell us what they’ve found they had to learn.

Mariam Al-Meer is with Shell at its Pearl gas-to-liquids plant on the Persian Gulf in northern Qatar. Shell is a leader in converting gas to a wide range of products through Fischer-Tropsch technologies. The Pearl facility, a joint development by Qatar Petroleum and Shell, is the largest GTL plant in the world, BUY IMDUR NO PRESCRIPTION. It is expected to process about three billion barrels-of-oil-equivalent over its lifetime from a gas field that has been estimated to contain about 15% of the worldwide gas resources.

Mariam is in her second year of work there following her B.S, cheap IMDUR no rx. ChE degree from Texas A&M at Qatar. While a student officer in the AIChE Student Chapter, she participated in the 2010 AIChE Annual Student Conference at Salt Lake City, Utah. BUY IMDUR NO PRESCRIPTION, For her first two to three years at Shell, she is in a rotation of jobs and formal mentoring through the Shell Graduate Programme (SGP), a common approach to getting started used by large companies. Buy IMDUR without a prescription, Her present “technical coach” is Bart Vermeer, senior GTL technologist with Shell.

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In her first year, she has had diverse experiences, including monitoring and troubleshooting, alarm reviews and management, IMDUR overnight, involvement in HAZOPs and process safety reviews, and carrying out mass balances over the area.

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I remember having to put together a process and instrumentation diagram as part of the chemical engineering senior design project prior to graduation. That was a good introduction to P&IDs, but I had to learn a lot more at work with regards to their interpretation. BUY IMDUR NO PRESCRIPTION, As an example, interaction with process control engineers is part of a technologist’s role. Consequently, Buy IMDUR from canada, I had to learn how to read P&IDs and understand the controls described on them.

Mariam also found herself needing to learn about using statistics:
I could have taken a course on statistics as an elective at university, but I took other courses. While tracking certain events on site (e.g., flaring), I needed to use normal distributions as part of tracking performance, so I also had to learn some statistical methods.

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Perspectives of Mariam’s technical coach

Bart Vermeer came to Qatar in 2011 and now is primarily responsible for the actual Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids reactors and associated units, BUY IMDUR NO PRESCRIPTION. He was originally from the Caribbean (Curaçao), but his Dutch parents returned with him to The Netherlands when he was young. He studied at TU Delft, Netherlands, kjøpe IMDUR på nett, köpa IMDUR online, earning his BSc '05 & MSc '06 in chemical engineering. Coming out of school, he began work at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA) as a gas conversion technologist, doing process/catalyst/ reactor development as well as operational- and equipment engineering/construction support. Buy IMDUR online cod, He reflected on Mariam’s experience in particular and his own observations in general:
With Mariam fresh out of university, it was very clear that she came prepared with a diverse and comprehensive skillset combined with a solid foundation in chemical engineering principles. BUY IMDUR NO PRESCRIPTION, However, as for any graduate entering an operational environment, it is to a very large extent the practical side of chemical engineering where the greatest challenges and (initial) development needs lie.

As a Process Technologist, Mariam is responsible for plant units that require both day-to-day attention – optimization, ensuring stability, reliability and operability – as well as study for mid- and long-term improvement, IMDUR samples. Especially the first area (short-term troubleshooting and operation) is one where in the first year(s) of having an operational role the steepest learning curve lies; so also for Mariam.

Graduates taking up these types of positions typically have strong conceptual, scientific, and theoretical backgrounds. IMDUR schedule, Many skills that come into play are normally not addressed in-depth within university curricula but are better developed by dedicated courses and actual experience in the workplace. Some examples are:

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Bart also emphasized the way that most new hires are surprised at the importance of communications and good work habits. He remarked:
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Finally, Bart offered reassurances to Mariam and all new hires about the need to keep learning:
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At the same time, you will find that senior management will also strongly support your further development.

Observations in conclusion

Mariam’s and Bart’s experiences show how well school prepared them – up to a point. For experienced chemical engineers, it isn’t surprising that many technical skills are learned after they get out of school, given that so many aspects are industry-specific or job-specific.

Also, this second phase of education isn’t just through more coursework, although sometimes targeted short courses or webinars can be just what is needed. As Bart emphasized, colleagues may be sources of advice or even tutorials. Whether those colleagues are above, below, or alongside you in the management hierarchy, they can teach you a lot, and you have an obligation to teach them what you know as well.

How do Mariam’s and Bart’s observations reflect your own experience?

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However, in the 1970s the benign perception of the ChE profession was publicly transformed by global oil-price shocks and by serious environmental abuses like Love Canal. 1984’s Bhopal disaster further shook the public’s confidence in “better living through chemistry.”

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What has changed. Five key reasons are:

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Likewise, what are the challenges we face.

  • Asserting leadership in the new face of manufacturing

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In upcoming posts, I’ll expand on each of these topics. It’s not just the ideas of chemical engineering or the stuff of statistics and generalizations. BUY CARDURA NO PRESCRIPTION, It’s all of us: educators, process engineers, lab researchers, financial and management teams, HR staff, tech services, sales forces, designers, and people in local, state, and national governments.

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Question: Where do you see ChE’s future?

Phil Westmoreland is the 2013 AIChE president and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He also serves as executive director of the NCSU Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. You can read his complete bio here..


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December 5th, 2011

Fukushima Update: Masao Yoshida, Heroic Plant Manager, Hospitalized

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Masao Yoshida, a career nuclear engineer and the manager during the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, who bravely led the fight to bring the reactors under control, has stepped down after directing the disaster team for almost nine months from inside the plant. Yoshida, 56, has just been hospitalized but declined to […]

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October 7th, 2011

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Stella Tonelli investigadora de Planta Piloto de Ingenieria Química,UNS- CONICET, presenta un trabajo en la conferencia  ”Risk Analysis in Biodiesel Plants.”

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