Innovation and Leadership in Unusual Times: Learning from History

  We are all facing the most unusual time and trying to figure out how to vaccinate billions of people. There are many smart people coming up with new ideas to lead this effort. With innovation and leadership, I am sure that we will succeed. Let us go back to the winter of 1925 in Nome, a remote Alaskan territory about 160 miles from the Arctic Circle. Nome had, at the time, 1,400 residents and one doctor. This doctor examines a boy complaining of labored breathing. He suspects…


Project Planning Success Factors & Yoga

Photo by The Lazy Artist Gallery on Pexels.com Researchers often examine project planning success factors. Everyone wants to know how to run a successful project. Decision-making, budgets, schedules, startup and troubleshooting all matter of course. To me though the most important factor is planning. Now, the question is, how does that relate to yoga? As most of my readers know, I practice yoga routinely, at least 3 times per week or more, depending on where I am in the world. This article…


If the Shoe Fits: Running and Innovation  

  Two of my favorite things in one blog — running and innovation. Normally, I run 5K during the week. On the weekends, I find 8K and 10K races. While I would say I run at racing speed, I enjoy the atmosphere and the cold beer at the finish.   My shoe of choice forever has been New Balance, 9 ½, EE. These fit like a glove and in all of my years, I’ve never had any problems. But then I read an article in Business Week that had me thinking. “How Nike Started a Sneaker Arms Race” talked about…


Theory of Filtration and Theory of Creativity     

Photo by Fiona Art on Pexels.com Having been in the solid-liquid filtration, centrifugation, and drying marketplace since 1982, I have long said filtration is both a science and an art. I’ve witnessed the overlap of theory of filtration with theory of creativity. The practical and creative together make what we do so exciting.  I entered the filtration business with Pall Corporation after five years with  the USEPA and receiving my MS in Environmental Science from Washington University in St.…


Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

Photo by Rakicevic Nenad on Pexels.com A new year is a great time for a shift in direction. This blog tries to be different each time. I cover topics ranging from innovation to technical leadership. I’m always looking for fresh ways of doing things in our industry, in process engineering and business development. And I look for new ways to convey these ideas to the marketplace.  In 2019, I talked about clarification technologies, types of engineers, innovation risk, and the creativity of the…