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Engineering Case Histories: Case 97—Beware of confirmation bias in industry

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

The term confirmation bias recently came up in a book I was reading,1 and it was then that I realized how relevant it was to engineering.

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Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

John Flannery, the President and CEO of GE Healthcare, has been named CEO of the company, effective August 1, and Chairman and CEO effective in January 2018. Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, will remain Chairman of the Board through his retirement at the end of the year.

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Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Randy Schmidt has been named Managing Director of the Burns & McDonnell Terminals and Pipelines group, replacing Ted Born, who is retiring.

Automation Strategies: Looking to the future of process control staffing

Gupta, M. S., ARC Advisory Group

Technology is changing, and fast. Labor availability and skillset requirements are changing, as well. Process control personnel makeup and skillsets have evolved over decades of iterations. The process industries are challenged to continue to operate efficiently in an increasingly competitive environment.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing our message to the oil and gas industry

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The pages of Hydrocarbon Processing contain numerous case studies, techniques, advice and step-by-step approaches to optimizing downstream operations. These elements have been the focus of the magazine for the last 95 yr.

HP announces launch of IRPC Europe, WGLC Europe, and HP Awards in Vienna

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Three co-located events allow for ease of networking and attendance in one of Europe’s most renowned cultural and artistic centers.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 96: Career paths—technical and management

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

I have spent most of my career in the mechanical engineering technical area because that is what I do best. I was a manager of advanced engineering for many years, but then realized that it was not my calling.

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Mike Rhodes, Hydrocarbon Processing

The Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus (DEFA) has named Dr. Symeon Kassianides as the Non-Executive Chairman of DEFA. Dr. Kassianides is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hyperion Systems Engineering Group.

Business Trends: Human reliability—a disruptive innovation

Snider, B., Small Hammer Inc.

Annual bottom-line losses due to equipment failures total more than $100 MM at major refineries and petrochemical complexes. Corporate executives charge plant personnel with improving the reliability of the facility.

Prevent human-created hazards with improved job safety analysis

Sawyer, M., Jayawardena, P., Apex Safety Consultants

Safety incidents have occurred since the beginning of time. If a “hunter-gatherer” failed to return at the end of a day, the remaining group members took it in stride.