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 Expert  108319

Expert in Petroleum Process Management

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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While with Chevron, Expert was responsible for the following processes: HF and sulfuric alkylation, amine and sour water treating, sulfur recovery, tail gas treating, hydrogen and ammonia manufacturing, LPG and gas treating, polymerization, isomerization, and sulfuric acid regeneration. His activities in this capacity included consulting on technical service, process engineering, process, safety, training, and almost any other aspect of the process that arose. Expert represented Chevron at API, GRI, NPRA, and AIChE functions related to the above processes. He also guided Chevron's research efforts and conducted in-house process seminars for these processes.

process management


hydrofluoric acid catalyzed alkylation


sulfuric acid catalyzed alkylation

Expert has experience recovering elemental sulfur from hydrogen sulfide resulting from petroleum refining or natural gas processing. He wrote the Sulfur Recovery chapter for the Air and Waste Management Engineering Handbook and has given presentations on sulfur recovery at a number of seminars.

petroleum-processing sulfur recovery

Expert is highly knowledgeable regarding the process of combining chemically isobutane and light olefins to form a premium gasoline blending component, using both HF acid and sulfuric acid as a catalyst. Additionally, he is familiar with by-products of alkylation such as sulfuric acid.



refinery alkylation

Expert did a technical rewrite of the API HF alkylation safety standard, RP 751, before it went to successful ballot. He has presented at a number of seminars on process safety and participated in several HAZOP and other safety reviews. In his last few years at Chevron, he took on the responsibility for process hazards management implementation, particularly in HF alkylation.

process-engineering safety

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Dust, Liquid and Gas Fire and Explosion Hazards; Process...
Fire Origin and Cause Investigations, Product Failure...
Chemical Patents, Air Bags, Product Contamination, Fires...
Petroleum Refining and Optimization

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1957   BS   Chemical Engineering   Columbia University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1991 to 2000






1980 to 1990


Chevron Research


Process Consultant


1966 to 1970




Systems Engineer



Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Training/Seminars Expert has provided training in petroleum refinery, natural gas plant sulfur recovery, and petroleum refinery gasoline alkylation.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Hydrofluoric acid expert for consulting on HF alkylation neutralization process failure issues.
  • Petroleum processing expert for consulting on Request for CV and further information.
  • Expert for consulting on Heater explosion at a Paramount (Alon) refinery in LA area.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Language Skills:
Expert spent three years in Belgium aiding in the start-up of Chevron's Feluy refinery. He had responsibility for production planning, crude and products pipeline movements, product quality assurance, and technical training. During this time, he became reasonably fluent in French.


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