A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry

· Hong Wai Onn
4.3
3 reviews
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242
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Palm oil is a big business. Palm oil has been widely used in food and non-food industries. More than half the products on sale in supermarkets are made with palm oil—yet many people hardly know anything about this industry. They don’t even know chemical engineers have a significant role to play in this industry. This book provides a series of episodes for you to discover the opportunities chemical engineers have in the palm oil milling industry. This book is an illuminating memoir that brings readers closer to the most enigmatic profession of all time.

 

It is a promise that Hong Wai Onn has fulfilled again and again. More people have gained a better understanding of the role of chemical engineers in the palm oil milling industry by listening to his sharing. You do not have to be a chemical engineer or work in this industry to enjoy his memoir. The insights are just as valuable for any discipline of engineering, and for any business, for the sake of inspiration.

Ratings and reviews

4.3
3 reviews
Literary Titan
July 30, 2020
Palm oil is used in so many ways from cooking to cosmetics to fuel. Very few ever think about the process of getting oil refined enough to apply in some of the uses. This book is about the role of a chemical engineer in the process of milling palm oil. It is about the team work and passion that goes into milling palm oil. By the end of this book, you will know more about palm oil and the milling process. You will also get a literary tour of a mill as well as vicariously experience the dynamics of a palm oil mill. One thing that is well appreciated in this book is the detail and expertise with which it is written. It feels like a school field trip one might actually enjoy. There is so much intriguing detail and information. With all of that the book still manages to be engaging and interesting even to a person whose only knowledge of palm oil extends to the temperature it needs to be before frying something. Palm oil milling and the chemical engineering involved might be something you never think of Googling. In fact, it might sound like something straight out of a National Geographic special but this book sure is an enjoyable read. The author has achieved a delicate balance of casual and professional. Providing the reader with stories of their experiences which personifies the book and gets the reader to not only connect with the writer but also remain rooted in their seat throughout the book. It reads a little bit like The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. Narration of a tale with a very important purpose. This style is well appreciated especially for this subject. This book may be about chemical engineers in palm oil milling but a lot of it could really apply elsewhere. For example, the writer talks about teamwork, passion and importance of caring for the environment. These sentiments could carry to many other areas of life. The writer uses very simple language. You do not feel as though you have to constantly consult chemical engineering books and the palm oil Wikipedia page. Once you have started, you feel yourself relaxing and settling into it. The writer’s passion is evident through his writing. You can feel that he enjoyed writing this book. This book will educate you, and might inspire you to change careers or give an aspiring chemical engineer some direction and a sort of literary internship. It is quite the task to write a book about such a highly scientific subject while keeping it simple and relevant to anyone and everyone who comes across it.
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hunny singh
August 24, 2020
I JUST EAGERLY WANTS TO KNOW THE WHAT PALM OIL INDUSTRY IS. THIS BOOK JUST GAVE ALL ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS.I CAN UNDOUBTEDLY SAY THAT THIS WAS A MASTERPIECE. gets 5 stars from me.
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About the author

Hong Wai Onn is a chemical engineer by training and profession. He is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to advance development of the palm oil processing industry by ensuring greater participation by young people, especially chemical engineers. He has close to 15 years of operational experience in palm oil and biotechnology industries covering a very wide spectrum of responsibilities including production, engineering, project management, applied research, process safety, and leadership roles. He is the current Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in Malaysia Board and Chair of IChemE Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group. He sits on the Industry Advisory Panel for Chemical Engineering at several public and private universities. 

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