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Keynote Lecture: Nonconvex Generalized Benders Decomposition and Piecewise Convex Relaxations for Optimal Process Design and Operation Under Uncertainty
Xiang Li    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A global optimization method called nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition (NGBD) has been developed to solve a class of stochastic nonconvex mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) to global optimality efficiently. More

Keynote Lecture: PET/Clay Nanocomposites: Effect of Chain Extender on the Morphology and Properties
Pierre Carreau    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) undergoes chain scission due to thermo-mechanical degredation. A multifunctional epoxy-based chain extender was employed to rebuild the molecular weight, increase the shear force, and consequently improving the silicate layers dispersion. More

R.S. Jane Memorial Award Lecture: Blood, Guts and Chemical Engineering 2.0
Michael Sefton    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The introduction of bioengineering and biomedical engineering in chemical engineering programs and how they provide new interest in chemical engineering studies. More

Electrothermal's CMU Electromantle: A Heating Workhorse

Electrothermal, one of four highly respected Bibby Scientific brands, is home to the famous “ElectroMantle” family of over 50 different models of heating mantles. For 70 years, Electrothermal has been the market leader in supplying Electromantles, melting point apparatus, heating controllers, histology equipment, Kjeldahl equipment and 13 different reaction stations.   more

Chemistry cat's meow
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For this year's YouTube Contest, high school students were asked to communicate chemistry concepts in a creative way by posting a video less than three minutes in length to YouTube. Each entry touched on one of three categories: the benefits of chemistry in everyday life, contributions of a recognized chemist or busting a commonly held myth about chemistry. Heather Tang and Benjamin Levy's YouTube contest-winning video (above) features "Chemistry Cat" who points out the chemistry involved in everything from toothpaste to falling leaves. Watch the winning videos as well as the runners-up at

Don't forget the deadline for student chapter merit awards
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Nominations for the Student Chapter Merit Awards are due Apr. 1, 2013 (CSC and CSCT) and June 1, 2013 (CSChE). This is the opportunity for Student Chapters to highlight their programming from the past school year. Find out more here.

Write a post-interview thank you that actually boosts your chances to get the job
Life Hacker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The best way to follow up after an interview has always been a topic of interest, but what should you include in that follow-up to make sure your hiring manager or recruiter really notices? According to career strategist Hannah Morgan, it's a short, sweet, three line message that reaffirms your interest in the position and thanks the interviewer for their time. More

Saskatchewan leads provinces in job growth, unemployment rate
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Saskatchewan's booming economy added nearly 25,000 jobs in January over the same period last year, a 4.7 per cent increase and the highest growth rate among the provinces, according to Statistics Canada's labour force survey. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to four per cent — the lowest rate in Canada, the lowest level since November 2008, and well below the national average of seven per cent, the federal agency said. More

Finding work is the missing link for university students
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One way universities fail students is by contributing to the myth that most undergraduate degrees lead to high-paying jobs. Research published by Lyons and research partners in 2011 showed most students are delusional about how much money they will earn within five years of graduation — women expect $68,000 and men anticipate $85,000. It's not until they get their first job offers that they realize entry-level pay is more like $40,000. More

Students secure jobs with social media
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According to a Pew Internet poll, 92 per cent of adults ages 18 to 29 use some sort of social media. The various updates may seem like a harmless way to keep in touch with family and friends, but it could impact students' chances at post-graduation jobs. More

How to answer interview questions about your weaknesses
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The purpose of a job interview is to learn everything possible about you, your career, and your work-style in under an hour. (Sometimes under 30 minutes!) It's a pretty tall order if you ask me. In terms of "everything there is to know" that doesn't just include your big strengths, or accomplishments. It also includes your less glamorous moments, your weaknesses, your mistakes, times when you couldn't finish a project, couldn't get along with someone... and lots of other things you wish you didn't have to talk about. More

Rivals bury their differences to promote Canadian MBAs
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Canada's top business schools, usually active competitors, have joined forces to promote Canadian MBA programs to both domestic and international students. The self-appointed group of six, to be called the Canadian MBA Alliance, include Desautels (McGill), Ivey (Western), Queen's, Rotman (Toronto), Sauder (British Columbia) and Schulich (York). The aim of the alliance is to attract top international students to Canada but also to retain local talent. More

Job-search questions to ask yourself
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Start 2013 on the right foot by asking yourself some serious questions about your job-search campaign. The best way to get the most out of your time is to challenge yourself to do more and work smarter at the same time. Here are a few key questions to keep asking yourself. More

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