AIChE SmartBrief

The best stories for chemical engineers

AIChE SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Roche boosts respiratory drug pipeline with $8.3B InterMune buy


  • Reuters
  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Roche Holding agreed to pay $8.3 billion in cash to acquire California-based biotech firm InterMune and its promising new drug pirfenidone, which is under regulatory review in the U.S. and already app… Read More

ASCE SmartBrief

The latest news and information for civil engineers

ASCE SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Civil Engineers

Post-quake inspections tag many Napa buildings as unsound


  • Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), The
  • KTVU-TV (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

More than 150 buildings in Napa Valley, Calif., have been tagged as unsafe to occupy, and the city has more than 800 requests for additional inspections. Nonductile concrete buildings and those made o… Read More

IEEE-USA SmartBrief

News and information about technology policy

IEEE-USA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA

Lawmakers take aim at state restrictions on broadband services


  • Hill, The

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., have stepped up their efforts to prevent states from inhibiting broadband Internet services run by local governments. They want the Federal Communi… Read More

SMRP SmartBrief

News and information for MRO professionals

SMRP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals

Inadequate process safety management contributed to refinery spill


  • Hydrocarbon Processing online

A sulfuric acid spill that lasted for 2.5 hours at Tesoro's refinery in Martinez, Calif., was caused by a pipe fitting that hadn't been tightened, according to a report released by the U.S. Chemical S… Read More

C-Suite Brief

Leadership news for manufacturers

C-Suite Brief

Published in partnership with: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

U.S., Chinese manufactured export trends are worrisome, says MAPI Foundation


  • IndustryWeek
  • Machinery Market (U.K.)

A MAPI Foundation analysis of the U.S. trade deficit in manufactured goods in the second quarter shows the U.S. continues to lag behind China. "U.S. exports to China have been growing, but the nation … Read More

ASME SmartBrief

News and trends in the mechanical industry field

ASME SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Mechanical Engineers

International Space Station is a venue of continuous experimentation


  • CNN

Since 2000, astronauts have been working continuously on the International Space Station with obscure experiments that have potential practical applications here on Earth and occasionally go viral onl… Read More

Engineering Research and Development SmartBrief

News and industry trends for engineering professionals

Engineering Research and Development SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Cyient

Verizon exec sees consensus on need to revamp telecom act


  • Multichannel News

Policy differences aside, telecom industry stakeholders generally agree that the 1996 Telecommunications Act needs to be updated, Verizon Executive Vice President Craig Silliman told a tech conference… Read More

BIMForum SmartBrief

Virtual design and construction news

BIMForum SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: The Associated General Contractors of America

MEP goes all in with BIM, CAD


  • Consulting-Specifying Engineer

All companies on the 2014 MEP Giants list created by Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine say they use building information modeling and CAD, along with other tech tools. More than 90% of mechanica… Read More