Whetton, Chris

ility Engineering, United Kingdom

HPIn SHE: Get involved

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Politicians and government workers and are notoriously out of touch with industry needs. Especially government workers; at least politicians have to have some feeling for their constituents' needs. On..

HPIn SHE: The other side of the fence

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In one of my lectures on process maintainability, I describe a plant complex: It has storage for large quantities of fuel, lubricants and explosives, all in close proximity; a nuclear power plant; a s..

HPIn SHE: Gilding the lily

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

In my last column, I mentioned attending a conference where some of my expectations had not been met. As conferences go, it was a good one. It provided some good ideas, not all of them directly connec..

HPIn SHE: Great expectations

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

I recently attended a three-day meeting that took place in a "luxury conference center ... with outstanding views over the city of O***." A single room cost about $300 a night. I was quite looking for..

HPIn SHE: Animal crackers

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

An American friend of mine once remarked as the saga of Three Mile Island began to unfold: "Organizing a large-scale disaster is not as simple as it seems." I was reminded of his words one evening in ..

HPIn SHE: ...but totally useless!

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Two women were crossing the U.S. in a hot air balloon. During the night, a violent storm blew, wrecking all their navigational systems. The storm stopped just before dawn, and as daylight came, they f..

HPIn SHE: An open letter to President Clinton

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Two significant events happened recently. First, news came over the Reuters wire that, after five years of wrangling, U.S. President Clinton had agreed to not veto the creation of the Chemical Safety ..

HPIn SHE: SHE gave me for my pains a world of sighs

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Writing books is a roller coaster of emotions: depression halfway through when you think it will never be finished; elation when you send the copy off to the publisher; depression after you send the c..

HPIn SHE: Culture

Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

The distinguished professor and I stood outside the banquet hall in -20°C weather, slightly drunk, wearing full evening dress – and smoking cigars. In European academic circles, such behavio..