Links ‘n Things Monday (4/1/13)

I love the idea of April Fools’ Day, but I’m terrible at executing it. The jokes I think of are too cruel or are too transparent…so I enjoy the creativity of others. John’s pretty good at it – but he’s such a prankster that anyone who knows him very well has their guard up on April 1st. I digress. The engineering market continues to be VERY unbalanced. This is bad news for employers but great news for job-seekers. I’ve been in this business for going on 33 years now and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it quite like this. There are so many jobs to fill it is hard to stay on top of what is open. If you’re looking to make a move to a certain area of the country or you’d just like a job with more advancement opportunity…now is the time to be looking. Here are the links for this week – enjoy!

1.) I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but there are actually scientists/engineers out there who think that they can conduct geoengineering projects to reduce the overall temperature of the Earth. Not only is this fool-hardy in my opinion, but downright irresponsible and reckless…especially when you take into consideration just how limited our understand of “global climate” is. There are myriads of factors and people want to go ahead and tinker with that BEFORE they fully understand it? Needless to say, I fully agree with Jim Haywood who is quoted in this article and who suggests there needs to be a governing body over any group that wants to conduct world-scale geoengineering projects: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/31/earth-cooling-schemes-global-signoff

2.) There’s a poll up over at ChemicalProcessing.com – the poll poses the question, “What’s the turnover of engineers like at your facility?” Unfortunately there is only 3 options for response but I think the presence of this poll question belies the true state of the market at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised if the outcome of the poll was heavily skewed towards “minimal”: http://www.chemicalprocessing.com/articles/2013/poll-what-s-the-turnover-of-engineers-like-at-your-facility/

3.) More news from the American Chemical Society (ACC) regarding the chemical manufacturing numbers for February. The verdict? Manufacturing output in all sectors is rising. My prediction? This will only further compress the employment market. http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Chemical-production-in-the-U-S-rises-in-all-regions-ACC-says_10355.html

4.) I’m not a scientist or engineer by education – so imagine my delighted whimsy when I came across this article. All elementary students are taught about photosynthesis but I’ll be honest when I say that since learning about it then, I’ve never given it a second thought. A student at CalTech has discovered a previously unknown “secret” of photosynthesis that could have real world ramifications, particularly in the alternative energy industry: http://io9.com/artificial-plants-could-one-day-power-your-home-464881436

5.) Some people aren’t as bullish about the economic “recovery” we’re now seeing (can you tell which side I fall on?). Check out this NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/business/economy/rumors-of-a-cheap-energy-jobs-boom-remain-just-that.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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