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Reviewed by Barbara Oliverio for Readers' Favorite
Possessing a degree in chemical engineering may lead a graduate to think that there are narrow career options. Not so, says Hong Wai Onn in his memoir A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Industry. The impetus for leveraging his degree began with an internship while completing his studies at university. He soon discovered that much of what made a good chemical engineer, including changing raw materials into useful products, easily transferred into a job that would bring success in a rapidly growing, globally important industry. His innate passion for learning intensified as he learned more about the universality of palm oil, and as he embarked on the speaking circuit, he eventually crafted this memoir.
No prior study of chemical engineering or palm oil is needed to thoroughly enjoy this book. Hong Wai Onn writes in a completely accessible style, and I felt like I was present at a talk given by a charismatic expert who knows his topic, and who is both informative and compelling. The title A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry might sound daunting, but it’s an eminently user-friendly read. The author’s passion shines through in every chapter, and I came away with insights not only about the manufacturing process but also how widespread palm oil is in everyday life. This is the perfect read for a chemical engineer seeking a way to apply that knowledge, but at the same time, it’s a fine read for any voracious reader who loves exploring diverse topics.