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Keynote Lecture: Nonconvex Generalized Benders Decomposition and Piecewise Convex Relaxations for Optimal Process Design and Operation Under Uncertainty
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.
R.S. Jane Memorial Award Lecture: Blood, Guts and Chemical Engineering 2.0
The introduction of bioengineering and biomedical engineering in chemical engineering programs and how they provide new interest in chemical engineering studies.
Keynote Lecture: PET/Clay Nanocomposites: Effect of Chain Extender on the Morphology and Properties
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.
This summer, ChemEd Returns to its roots
From July 28 to August 1, ChemEd 2013 — North America's largest gathering of chemistry educators — will take place on the campus of the University of Waterloo. The conference began in the same place in 1973, and was the brainchild of Waterloo chemistry professor Reg Friesen and high-school teacher Leonard Sibley. The image featured is from 1977 and depicts future ChemEd organizer Irwin Talesnick doing a demonstration. Hundreds of teachers are expected to attend ChemEd 2013, which is sponsored by the CIC's Chemical Education Fund. More details can be found at http://www.uwaterloo.ca/chemed2013.
CSChE deadline approaching
The abstract submission deadline for the 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be
held Oct. 20-23, 2013 in Fredericton, NB, is June 4, 2013. Submit your abstract at http://www.csche2013.ca.
People without jobs — jobs without people: Decoding Canada's 'skills crisis'
Laid-off welders in Ontario sit idle, while oilsands employers in Alberta are chronically short-handed. High-skill jobs go unfilled, yet university graduates can't find work. Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in such low-skilled jobs as fast-food servers.
Why? One reason cited has been called the skills mismatch or skills shortage, phrases that refer to the growing gap between the skills Canadian employers say they need and the ones job seekers can provide.
Survey: Job prospects looking up for MBA grads
The Globe and Mail
More employers, globally, plan to hire recent graduates of master-level business programs this year, compared to a year ago, according to a new survey of corporate recruiters by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Of 935 employers worldwide who took part in the survey, 75 per cent said they hire MBA graduates, up from 71 per cent last year — and well above 59 per cent at the time of the financial meltdown in 2008.
How many grads have jobs related to their major?
A new study suggests the American workforce is remarkably over-educated and underemployed. The young adult workforce, this research claims, holds degrees, but works menial jobs that don't call for the skills they learned in college. Think the stereotypical liberal arts major serving up coffee or philosophy grad dressing storefront mannequins. But is that really the case?
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This year's grads 'extremely disadvantaged' when seeking entry-level work
The Globe and Mail
Trainee may be the rarest of first jobs available to the class of 2013.
That's because this year's university graduates are part of the outsourced generation — a crop of job seekers looking for work within organizations that contract out much of what they once did in-house.
Lost in this upheaval are many of the classic entry-level jobs that for earlier generations were stepping stones to something better.
$400,000 summer jobs funding for North Island
Students will once again be able to gain work experience this summer as a result of the Government of Canada's Summer Jobs initiative.
This year across North Vancouver Island — including the Comox valley — approximately 74 agreements will be signed with employers and 92 student summer jobs will be created.
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Six-figure salaries no draw as young workers shun Canada's oil and gas sector for 'sexier' industries
The Canadian oil and gas industry's faltering reputation is hurting its ability to attract the country's youth despite the promise of six-figure salaries. Canadian oil and gas professionals typically receive the fifth-most generous pay packages in the world behind their counterparts in Norway, Australia, Netherlands and New Zealand, according to a report published by Hays Oil & Gas and Oil and Gas Job Search.
7 questions to ask in your job interview
If you plan on showing up to a job interview and robotically answering each question, you're not doing enough. A job interview is also a critical time for you to assess your fit at the company — and you should do this by coming prepared with questions for your interviewer.
Does your mind go blank when an employer asks, "What questions do you have for me?" Here are some great things to ask during your job interview.
Kick-starting careers: Job-seeking tips for new and recent graduates
For post-secondary graduates receiving degrees and diplomas in the weeks ahead, excitement over completing their programs may be tempered by the grim job landscape for Canada's young people.
The latest labour force survey from Statistics Canada revealed a decline of 19,000 jobs for youth aged 15-24 in April. The youth unemployment rate was at 14.5 per cent, little changed compared to a year earlier and about double the national average.
Exploit hiring bias: Be the first job interview of the day
If hiring were a mythical place, the best candidates would get the best jobs, free of the foibles frequently found in the first-date confines of the job interview. But it's not, which is why we the entrepreneurial need to adapt to the unexamined biases of the people we're trying to convince to hire us.
New research suggests that you need to be first in line.
How to use Twitter to find a job
Job-hunters will try anything, including Twitter. But despite the odd success story of someone using the micro-blogging site to find work, for many people it still seems like a strange and unintuitive approach. After all, how to write something no longer than 140 characters that makes someone want to hire you? That is far more restrictive than the one-page resume (which isn't even a real restriction).
Men more affected than women by job interview anxiety
The Globe and Mail
Coming down with a case of the jitters during a job interview is hardly surprising, but is anxiety experienced in these high-pressure settings greater for men or women?
A University of Guelph study found there was no difference between males and females when it came to self-reported and interviewer-rated anxiety. However, there was a gender divide when it came to interview performance — and males were affected more.
6 pieces of job advice for new grads
If your child has recently graduated from college and is now looking for — or has hopefully found — her first "real" job, you may want to impart great wisdom to her. It's a difficult time for an inexperienced worker to enter the workforce, but these tips can help make the entry easier and better align her expectations with reality. Ford R. Myers, the author of 'Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring,' offers the following business truths to new grads.
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