creativity and innovation

Creativity and Innovation and Orangutans

Image source pixabay.com So, here we go again…intertwining seemingly unrelated topics — creativity and innovation and orangutans — into an interesting blog. Over the years, as my readers know, I’ve discussed different approaches to innovation and creativity.  My recent octopus blog fell into this category; now, we have lessons from orangutans.  By the way, I’m not sure where my current animal obsession stems from. I have never had any pets (except for a salamander now and then I found while…


Moonshot & Management Lessons   

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets World Series-winning season, Joe Namath and the New York Jets taking the Super Bowl title, and the New York Knicks’ NBA Championship win with Bill Bradley. 1969 was quite a time for me as I was growing up a sports fan in Brooklyn. But now that I’m older, I find I’m more drawn to the management lessons we can glean from something else that happened in 1969 — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins landing on the moon.   In July, a…


Innovating Zero Gravity Espresso

Image source: foter.com Ambition to improve is everywhere, and not only limited to corporate labs and academia. I love to see examples of innovation in any field — from wind turbines to cloud seeding or surfing to strawberries. Those who are loyal readers of this blog know that I’ve already written about each of those. Today though I am turning to some new tech that relates to what we do every day to solve chemical engineering problems. Despite what contrarians might say, humans long ago solved…


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Importance of Good Professional Sense

Chemical Process Industry engineers don’t encounter ethical situations every day, fortunately. Yet, when we do, the decision-making is heavily weighted by our awareness of the importance of the potential safety, environmental and quality-control hazards associated with what we do. Photo credit: CameliaTWU via Decorators Guru / CC BY-NC-ND Chemical Engineering tackled the topic of Engineering Ethics IQ in a special discussion last year. They also sought the opinions and comments of readers…


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Ethical Engineers are Prepared

On the golf course recently, I was reminded of Brian Davis. Do you remember? In 2010, he called a two-stroke penalty on himself in tournament play. His violation, nudging a reed aside on the 18th, cost him $411,000 as he ultimately finished second to Jim Furyk. Photo credit: Tord Sollie via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND Now, I haven't come close to winning a major tournament — although I did earn “closest to the hole” in a Gas Processors Tournament in Madrid, Spain. Nevertheless, when I hit the links…