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Optimal Robust Approximation for Chance Constrained Optimization Problem
Zukui Li
For optimization under uncertainty, the chance/probabilistic constraint enforces a probabilistic guarantee on constraint satisfaction and provides a compromise towards the uncertainty comparing to the worst-case scenario problem. This presentation addresses the question of what is the optimal (safe and least conservative) robust approximation for chance constrained problem.
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Real-Time Optimization of Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells and Compressed Air Energy Storage for Peaking Power with Zero Emissions
Tom Adams
A promising technology for highly efficient electricity generation from fossil fuels is the solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC). This work investigates a novel system that integrates an SOFC system fuelled by natural gas for base-load power production with a compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant for load-following capabilities.
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New by-laws for the Chemical Institute of Canada
CIC
The Chemical Institute of Canada members will vote on new By-laws for the Institute at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) June 3, 2014 in Vancouver. Members are encouraged to read the draft By-laws along with the FAQs to familiarize themselves with the content and then to attend the AGM.
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Engineering with Rubber — June 17 & 18 in Niagara Falls
CIC
The two day technical symposium will concentrate on the practical aspects of formulating and engineering rubber in dynamic applications.
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Texas students prep for jobs in energy industry
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Higher education institutions such as Lone Star College are rising to meet demand in the oil and gas industry with new facilities and programs available to prepare students to enter the workforce. In 2012, 43,000 new jobs were added to the oil and gas industry in Texas, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, but there has also been an exodus of workers because of retiring baby boomers.

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State hiring beginners for critical refinery-inspector jobs
San Francisco Chronicle
State regulators who were handed millions of dollars from the oil industry to improve refinery safety after the disastrous 2012 fire at Chevron's Richmond plant are hiring inspectors out of college with little or no experience in the field, The Chronicle has learned. The Legislature assessed new fees on oil refineries and dedicated the money for increased oversight in response to scathing federal criticism of the state's refinery oversight leading up to the fire, which sent 15,000 people to hospitals complaining of respiratory and other problems.

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There is bright future for alternative-energy engineers
Chron
Energy sources such as solar and wind have improved over the years in both efficiency and adoption by the public. For both industries, engineers will be needed for research and for adapting new technology in the design, installation, and maintenance of new wind turbines and solar panels. Texas is one of the leading states in wind power generating capacity. Wind power was one of the earliest forms of energy harnessed to do work.

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The 10 things Canadian employers want most
Huffington Post
Canadian employers are a practical bunch, and — unlike employers in other countries — they value effectiveness over experience, according to research from job search index Adzuna. The company scoured job postings in Canada and 10 other countries to see which buzzwords appeared most often. "Experience" came out on top in many countries, but not in Canada, where "effectiveness" led the list.
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Statistics Canada reports Canada lost 28,900 jobs in April
Financial Post
Canada's job market continued its volatile trend in April, shedding 28,900 positions when most analysts had expected at least a moderate gain. The unemployment rate remained at 6.9 per cent last month, Statistics Canada said, but the participation rate — those still actively looking for work — eased to 66.1 per cent in April from 66.2 per cent the previous month.
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Canada 2014: The most in-demand jobs by city
Canadian Business
Hundreds of thousands of positions are posted in Canada each year, but for job seekers, it's often hard to know where to look. Data from Workopolis, Canada's biggest careers site, offers a snapshot of the markets in major urban centres. The map below links to profiles of the 20 largest job markets, each with their own ranking of the top 10 sectors driving job postings in that city over the past year.
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Waterloo-based engineering company partnering with Lambton College in Sarnia for research and development
Chatham Daily News
A Waterloo-based engineering, research and development company is considering the Western University Research Park in Sarnia for an estimated $700,000 pilot plant that would extract protein from gluten-free bean flour. The plant, which would be supplied with milled bean flour from International Food Products in Chatham-Kent, would produce about 100kg of protein isolate and concentrate an hour and employ about five people over its five to six years in the area.
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Is a university education still worth the price?
The Globe and Mail
This generation is facing a different world of work and education than before. University tuition fees are higher (though a lot more aid is available), there are a lot more people getting degrees, and the workforce is more competitive. Do they have it worse than previous generations?
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Jason Kenney defends online job bank despite outdated postings
CBC News
The federal government will soon make enhancements to its online job bank amid revelations that hundreds of positions posted on the site have long since been filled, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said. "We are making improvements to the Canada Job Bank... we will be using new technological developments in the near future to ensure an even better matching of unemployed Canadians with available jobs," Kenney said in the House of Commons.
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Forget Barbie: Female engineer revolutionizes toy industry
Yahoo! Finance
Debbie Sterling doesn't just want to sell toys — she wants to give every girl in America a tool belt for building a better future. So she developed a toy featuring a female character who solves engineering problems using storytelling and construction sets. Sterling founded GoldieBlox, recently named People's Choice and Educational Toy of the Year at the New York Toy Fair.
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