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 Expert  108131

Expert in Environmental and Process Equipment Use and Liability; OSHA Violations; Metal Fabrication; and Electronics Mining and Manufacturing Operations


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
USA
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Expert has applied his background in chemical engineering to the area of pollution prevention across a wide range of industries.

Typical scope of work and deliverables for a resource recovery to reduce expenses for a client:

Case Study:

A potential client has numerous copper smelting and refining operations. This client indicated its primary desire to procure and install a system at its site to recover the platinum metals group metals that are found in its anode slimes. The platinum metals group consists of platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium. There may be other valuable metals found in its slime (also referred to as anode mud) depending upon where its copper ore comes from. In its case, this client receives its unprocessed copper ore from a wide variety of locations that will require a variable system design to process (i.e., recovery & resell) a variety of raw slimes.

Solution:

It may not be cost-justifiable to recover every one of the metals in that group with a single system. Analyzing anticipated:

• Energy consumption • Capital investment and returns • Possible environmental issues • Operating costs would be used to evaluate alternatives

The client mentioned its desire to evaluate the recovery of other metals such as gold, tellurium, lead, zinc, cobalt and selenium. As the quantity of individual metals to be recovered is defined, Expert would inspect the site and prepare a bid request. The bid request would include a performance specification required to meet its objective with a suitable return on its investment. Suitable factors of safety will be incorporated into the equipment design requirements and performance specification. Expert would meet with various equipment suppliers, visit existing sites with similar systems and visit companies (such as Umicore located in Brussels) that recover metals found to be non-economical to recover onsite. Finally, Expert would review each detailed proposal focused on how each supplier will demonstrate meeting the performance objectives including energy conservation, pollution prevention and overall employee safety. After Expert's client reviews their bid document Expert's deliverables would include identification of the appropriate system, installation supervision, overseeing startup and demonstration of system acceptance.

He serves as a project manager for clients who need someone to oversee and evaluate the progress of an environmental and energy related activity. When designing new production facilities, Expert has selected alternative process chemistry, developed new operating procedures, and designed modifications to production equipment that eliminated hazardous waste or minimized the need for treatment of air emissions and wastewater. He is knowledgeable of the disposal of solid wastes produced from various wastewater treatment and other solid waste producing operations such as abrasive blasting, drilling, grinding, and shot peening operations. Expert has made recommendations that allowed his clients to recycle spent powdered glass bead, steel, and aluminum oxide shot. Before his participation, this material was disposed of as a hazardous waste at a considerable cost. He has consulted for clients in the aerospace, pulp and paper, automotive, electronics, building hardware, personal care products, mining, and chemical industries. He is also familiar with preventing pollution associated with metal and surface finishing processes and equipment.

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pollution prevention

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precious-metal recovery

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by-product marketing

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Clean Water Act

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containment equipment

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containment structure

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decontamination equipment

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effluent monitoring

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electrochemical waste treatment

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environmental due diligence

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environmental enforcement

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environmental engineering

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environmental management

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etchant recycling

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hazardous waste removal operation

Expert provided guidance in 2010 to a law firm defending a shipping line that had an ultraviolet drinking water treatment system that was mentioned in a lawsuit. While in Portugal, the local regulating authorities at a port of entry claimed that E. Coli bacteria was detected in one water holding tank on board that cargo ship. The lawsuit claimed that the ship's captain and shipping line owners improperly used and maintained the on board UV drinking water system that may have contributed to the cause of that fatality.

Expert provides his clients, when requested, with alternative designs including costs to purify water based upon the quality of the water available. He has experience designing water treatment systems that meet or exceed the clients needs ranging from low quality water to highly purified water (close to 18 MEG) water on a continuous or periodic basis. He has designed the necessary collection and distribution systems associated with those activities. Expert is familiar with carbon absorption, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, ultra-violet and peroxide treatment systems.

Expert provides his clients with cost-effective recommendations, observations and viable options to minimize waste through changes in raw material selection, operational improvements, production process equipment and chemistry changes, product reformulations, and improvements in administrative programs. To reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions into the atmosphere from electronic parts cleaning processes and in the manufacture of personal care products, Expert has recommended and evaluated alternative chemistry and manufacturing methods. He has also worked on the reduction of VOC emissions from spray-painting operations and bath purification methods to reduce the need to periodically discharge a spent process bath.

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drinking water

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industrial water

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ultraviolet oxidation water purification

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waste minimization

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hazardous waste related equipment

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water pollution process

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water remediation

Expert has expertise in many aspects of in situ recovery and end-of-pipe metal finishing wastewater treatment systems. He has an extensive knowledge of the various international, Federal EPA and state laws/rules and regulations. He has designed and operated both process (incoming) water and wastewater treatment systems. He is familiar with cyanide destruction, chromium and other reduction processes, neutralization, coagulation and sedimentation, cementation, use of polymers, clarification, filtration, solidification, sludge dewatering and drying, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, crystallization, activated carbon filtration and absorption, diffusion dialysis, ultrafiltration, oil removal, chemical and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD and COD) reduction, atmospheric and vacuum effect evaporation, and selective ion exchange (including water softening) operations. He has designed, assembled, and installed over 350 waste water treatment systems and provided operational improvements and repairs.

A considerable portion of Expert's work involves project management. For example, wastewater treatment engineering includes a cost benefit analysis and performance evaluation of alternative treatment technologies and alternative suppliers. He has established the sampling techniques, the sample locations, and the type of sample to be collected for the proper characterization of a waste. He has defined the required analysis and treatability study methods to be conducted in a laboratory or on-site using a pilot plant. During the design phase, he produces engineering drawings and equipment specifications, as required, with a team of electrical and mechanical engineers and drafts-people available to assist him for approval by the client. His deliverable products have included installation piping drawings, electrical control and power wiring drawings, control cabinet component layout drawings, hydraulic profile, detailed process flow drawings, tank drawings, site drawings, detailed equipment and support pad drawings, and trench drawings (to collect floor spills and contain pipes). He has supervised the start up and training supplied by vendors, provides refresher training to operators and managers, and writes and updates manuals for operation of treatment systems. In one project, Expert prepared design specifications, selected equipment suppliers, and conducted the start-up of a rinsewater recycling treatment system for the Pratt & Whitney Singapore Aircraft Engine Overhaul Service Center. Waste originated from a chemical cleaning line for aircraft engines and from a non-destructive test (FPI) line. The treatment system included equalization, pH adjustment, canisters containing activated carbon, centrifuges, ultrafiltration, and ion exchange resins.

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metal finishing wastewater treatment

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plating wastewater treatment

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heavy metal removal

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wastewater treatment engineering

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hazardous waste remediation

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heavy metal soil remediation

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environmental remediation

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groundwater cleanup

In 2010, Expert provided assistance to a law firm for a plating on plastics manufacturer (using chromium) who was the plaintiff in a suit against an installer of and the supplier of a floor coating protection system in a rinse collection trough that was applied on top of a concrete floor. Within a few years after the installation the bonding between the floor and parts of the protective coating failed and small holes, that may have been caused by improper application of the coating, in that coating allowed contaminated chrome bearing rinses to flow into the soil under the area where the plating line was located. Expert's knowledge of floor coating materials, plating on plastic technologies and suitable wastewater treatment methods, typical installation and equipment liability concerns, and the best practice of wastewater collection and segregation allowed Expert to provide guidance.

Expert was involved with the National Association of Metal Finishers in a joint effort with OSHA to propose a reasonable permissible exposure limit (PEL) for hexavalent chromium. He has consulted to the EPA's Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory reviewing various proposals for funding under their "Alternatives for Chrome Initiative."

Expert has experience with materials reuse and recycling. One example of reuse involved his efforts in the laundering of cloth gloves to eliminate the need to dispose of the gloves as hazardous waste. Together with glove repurchase, the initial annual cost for his client $300K. Expert's recommended laundry system with recycling produced a return on investment (ROI) of less than two months. He has worked with high-surface-area electroplating systems that can be used to recover, for example, nickel metal from a dragout solution, which originated from a nickel electroplating bath. The recovered nickel has been reused, as an anode, back in the plating bath. Expert has worked with various technologies and equipment suppliers and is familiar with waste exchange services that can locate buyers of recovered materials. He is also knowledgeable of boxboard (paper) wastewater treatment and recycling systems.

Expert has evaluated the properties of various air and aqueous discharges (and their constituents) to determine if they are classified as "hazardous" by a particular state or jurisdiction. (California, for example, where Expert had a regional office, has different rules defining what is hazardous waste than other many states.) Once an assessment has been completed (perhaps using a local certified laboratory), Expert will select a method of treatment for evaluation only after all efforts have been completed to prevent the hazardous discharge or to minimize the mass of the discharge. He provides an assessment of waste treatment methods that includes a cost-benefit analysis and performance evaluation of alternative technologies and vendors.

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chromium environmental effect

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chromium removal

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waste recovery

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waste recycling

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water pollution assessment

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hazardous waste treatment

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groundwater contamination

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pumped-groundwater treatment

Expert has designed and worked with "zero-discharge" systems associated with, among others, permanganate desmear baths, brown and black oxide baths, alkaline cleaning and acid baths, decorative and hard chrome plating baths, and sulfuric-peroxide etching of copper, nickel, copper, cadmium and precious metal baths. He has successfully designed recycling systems reusing up to 80% of the rinsewater from plating and printed circuit facilities. For circuit board deburring operations, Expert's efforts have resulted in essentially 100% of the continuous flow being recycled. The use of these systems requires effective deionization and treatment of all fresh and recycled water (using UV light to destroy bacteria).

Expert has extensive experience in the removal of metals and solids from acid baths. He has purified and recycled nitric acid, nitric-HF, sulfuric acid (including anodizing baths), muriatic acid (HCl), fluoboric acid, and methane sulfonic acid, among others. He has designed various systems using diffusion dialysis, porous pot methods, and ion exchange systems.

More than half of Expert's over 45-year career has involved the treatment of wastes resulting from the manufacture of printed circuit boards and electronic components. He has authored a chapter on pollution recovery and control systems in several editions of the industry "bible." He worked with Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau to develop a report outlining alternative cost-effective opportunities for pollution prevention, recycling, and waste minimization in the printed wiring board (PWB) industry. In addition to conducting onsite assessments at three PWB factories in Taiwan, Expert provided equipment design drawings and recommendations to improve their existing waste recycling and recovery systems.

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zero-discharge closed cycling wastewater treatment

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design for recyclability

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closed cycling wastewater treatment

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acid purification

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printed circuit board manufacture waste treatment

As the Chair of the OSHA Committee with the American Electroplaters & Surface Finishers Society, Expert was responsible for advising members on significant changes or proposed changes to OSHA and international rules and regulations. The significance of these changes as they relate to designing or modifying a facility and its effect on employees were provided in his monthly column published in Society Journal. Expert has analyzed citations for clients in order to reduce or explain a fine and to ensure future compliance with OSHA regulations. His experience and knowledge was drawn upon by one professional society to prepare a series of training manuals and to prepare the associated coursework. The description and items addressed includes Hazard Assessment, Hazard Communication, Hazard Evaluation, Labels & Other Forms of Warning, MSDS, Hazard Chemical Inventory, Employee Information and Training Written Program, Personal Protective Equipment, Record-keeping, OSHA Training Requirements, Lock-out/Tag-out of Hazardous Energy, Permit Required Confined Spaces, Process Chemical Safety Management, Medical Surveillance, Heat Stress, Fall Protection, Laboratory Safety Standard, and Bloodborne Pathogens.

Expert's company has been used by Asian companies to locate and purchase equipment and consumables in North America and have these items and systems shipped to a job site. He participated in several overseas projects that required purchasing of custom designed equipment and the use of other services in parts of Southeast Asia. Expert is knowledgeable about recent free trade agreements in the Middle East, South America, Australia, and Asia.

From 2012 to 2013 Expert recommended improvements to a US based mining company focused on the operating system and equipment used in their South African operations to purify chromate ore that resulted in a significant reduction of turbidity following their beneficiation process.

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation

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nuclear, biological, and chemical personal protection equipment

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international sourcing

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Far East sourcing

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water pollution assessment

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hazardous waste treatment

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groundwater contamination

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pumped-groundwater treatment

Familiar with all aspects of waste auditing, Expert is a member of an ISO committee to develop international standards on environmental management systems and compliance auditing. He is knowledgeable of the utility of waste auditing and the procedures to be used. He has conducted regulatory compliance audits, environmental management system (EMS) audits, performance audits, take-over audits, and site audits. As part of a PCB plant closure in California, he conducted an audit of the remaining chemicals, the site, and reviewed all remaining correspondence to determine compliance with all regulations in effect.

In 2009 Expert provided a declaration concerning an industrial waste inspection that he conducted in 1965 for the State of Massachusetts regarding a lagoon discharge and the resulting discharge to the Charles River from a company having a spray-painting facility.

A significant portion of Expert's over 45-year career has been devoted to assessing environmental problems and finding solutions. He has expertise in the Clean Water Act, Pollution Prevention Act, backflow prevention, black oxide, brass and bronze recycling, cadmium plating, and others wet operations. He has authored training manuals that are offered for sale by various organizations on OSHA and EPA. Expert has testified in Federal Court on floc, ferrous sulfate, wastewater treatment, and onsite auditing procedures.

In 2011 Expert was contracted to provide guidance to C-Level stakeholders to a chemical company on a merger and acquisition possibility taking into account taxation policy changes concerning the effect of biodiesel subsidy termination on the paper and pulp industry.

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Environmental Management System

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groundwater remediation

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groundwater-pollution source control

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site remediation

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environment-related assessment

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industrial wastewater treatment

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regulatory compliance auditing

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spill prevention system design

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groundwater pollution assessment

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Environmental Protection Agency compliance

Expert has worked with the removal of very fine solids via centrifugation and thermal treatment to destroy bacteria and fungi. He has ten years of experience purifying coolants for companies wanting to reduce disposal costs and reuse materials.
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beneficiation

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chemical health hazard management

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chemical industrial wastewater treatment

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chromium plating material substitute

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cost analysis

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environmental impact assessment

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environmental risk assessment

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floor protection

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mining effluent

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mining engineering

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surface mining

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crisis management

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coolant purification and recycling system

In projects involving capital equipment, Expert is equipped to prepare the desired specifications for a client prior to requesting proposals from various vendors. Expert has been involved, in over 35 years, assessing various vendors by visiting sites supplied with equipment by each vendor, meeting at the vendor's facility to assess their personnel and facility capabilities, and discussing proposals issued. Expert will assess each proposal to determine, at least, compliance to applicable building codes and regulatory compliance where necessary. Expert has coordinated building construction & utility requirements, site renovation to accept the equipment, equipment installation, startup and operation.
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capital projects management

Expert has over 30 years' experience providing environmental, health and safety advice to industrial manufacturers and equipment suppliers. He was responsible for closing two electronics firms in California. He served as the chairperson of the OSHA committee within a professional technical organization and has authored a series of OSHA-related "train the trainer" manuals. His environmental experience began at the Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control. He is currently a registered professional chemical engineer in Massachusetts. His background includes directing the engineering and manufacturing efforts for an environmental equipment supplier. The supplier's products had to be installed in compliance with (or in excess of) all relevant OSHA standards.

Expert enjoys the challenges of “getting into the details” during new projects.

Previously, he was responsible for the manufacturing of process equipment that -- both by itself and in use by clients -- had to comply with all relevant OSHA standards at that time. This included the use of approved and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as ear and face protection. He has been retained to certify, to OSHA standards, certain decontamination protocols.

Expert advises clients on interpreting and assessing a client's compliance with current and previous Federal OSHA standards and any unique state requirements. Additional sources are used when necessary, such as interpreting OSHA issued compliance directives to address specific questions, reviewing relevant Chemical Safety Board & Hazard Investigation Board findings relative to a case, and reviewing the documentation of training activities for compliance purposes. Expert understands that, generally speaking, a supplier of equipment should supply the purchaser of that equipment with their guidance to comply with OSHA on normal, infrequent, and any unexpected operating conditions.

Expert has authored articles on safety practices and protocols that were peer-reviewed and published in professional journals. He has also chaired a national OSHA committee for a professional society; authored a peer reviewed 13-topic training manual for a 3-day intensive training course; and organized employee safety conferences for a national organization that included presentations by personnel from OSHA headquarters and included appropriate federal and state health and safety officials. He has organized employee training and education programs and can assess the responsibilities of personnel to meet the newest HAZCOM regulations.

Expert assesses segregated storage areas with fire prevention objectives. He also ensures proper labeling at each storage section -- specifying incompatible materials; requesting updated MSDS or the more current SDS documentation; and reviewing spill prevention plans, environmental and safety risk response plans.

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capital equipment


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Brockton, Massachusetts;  New Bedford, Massachusetts;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

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with this expert:

Extractive-Metallurgy, Hydro-Metallurgy, Pyro-Metallurgy,...
Hydrometallurgy, Pyrometallurgy, and Extraction and...
Metal Finishing, Parts Cleaning, Electroplating,...
Wastewater Treatment

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1972   M.S.   Chemical Engineering, Polymer Chemistry and Accounting Minors   Northeastern University  
1969   B.S.   Chemical Engineering (Co-op Plan)   Northeastern University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Chemical, Employee Safety, Liability and Environmental Engineering and Equipment Advisor

 

Expert is the principal advisor to attorneys, C-Level Stakeholders, non-profits, governmental agencies, and manufacturers of environmental and energy related equipment. In 2010, Expert consulted to a chemical company on merger and acquisition possibilities taking into account recent taxation policy changes concerning the effect of biodiesel subsidy termination on the paper and pulp industry. In addition, during 2010 Expert provide technical guidance to a law firm concerning the performance of an ultraviolet drinking water sterilization system on a cargo ship in international waters as a consequence of a fatality that occurred forcing a suit in the United States against the shipping line under the Jones Act.

Working with the US Foreign Commercial Service, he has consulted to companies having environmental and trade restriction issues. Short-term consulting projects are completed, quicker than required, and include interpreting product labeling requirements in Hong Kong for a consumer products company, examining safer alternatives to using chromium for surface coating, providing recommendations to comply with RoHS and WEEE European Directives (plus China RoHS and EuPs) for manufacturers of electronic equipment, and remediation and liability advice for real estate attorneys, providing historical chemical process operating procedures to an attorney advising a client who leased a building to a company that may have improperly disposed of hazardous materials 30 and more years ago, financial assessment (evaluation of applicable R.O.I.'s) of alternate techniques to achieve regulatory compliance with performance objectives, and interpreting liability for an insurance company's insured based upon operating procedures, energy efficiency opportunities, and investigating on-site options to recover the platinum group metals from anode slimes produced in a copper refinery. A recent project concerned the upgrade of an hydrogenation process for a large food processor of agricultural materials (corn, wheat, and soybeans) after cost benefit analysis and testing of alternative systems to recover and resell a catalyst component.

Expert uses pattern recognition, based upon many episodes, to offer guidance to make changes and to provide testimony in federal and state courts as an expert in civil litigation involving defective wastewater treatment systems.

1988 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Environmental and Safety Engineering Consultant

 

Expert was responsible for two site closures of electronics companies in California, and provided design services for wastewater and air emission control systems for metal finishers, printed circuit manufacturers, electronics manufacturers, equipment suppliers to these industries and other related companies in Asia and North America.

He provided consulting services concerning OSHA and RCRA to industrial clients and to professional/trade groups. Expert worked with suppliers of acid recovery systems to coordinate their sales efforts in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India. He conducted a seminar in Taipei along with the U.S. American Institute in Taiwan office.

He prepared an OSHA training course manual for the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishing Society concerning: hazard assessment, hazard communication, hazard evaluation, labels & other forms of warning MSDS, hazard chemical inventory, employee information and training written program, personal protective equipment hand protection, eye protection, respiratory protection, hearing protection, foot and whole body protection, recordkeeping, OSHA training requirements, lock-out/tag-out of hazardous energy, permit required confined spaces, process chemical safety management, medical surveillance, heat stress, fall protection, laboratory safety standard, and bloodborne pathogens.

For one aerospace client, Expert identified specific operations and procedures within their manufacturing operations that used hazardous chemicals that were regulated. In a chemical-by-chemical basis, numerous alternative procedures, chemicals, or operations were specified (including estimated installation and operating costs) as substitutes. Recommendations were made based on existing technologies and after discussions with users of the alternative technologies.

Expert designed, then specified and then sold equipment to a company in Singapore that included a coolant treatment system using centrifugation and an ultrafiltration system. Expert also re-sold and shipped plastic packing materials purchased in the U.S. to clients in Asia who used the packing in air emission control systems. Expert was retained to assess compliance to ASTM and SPI fiberglass manufacturing standards for the duct work and other equipment used to collect and purify “sour air” produced in various sites within a municipal sewage treatment facility in Singapore with the equipment cost. He provided opinions as an expert witness in Federal Court in Boston and in a State (Supreme) Court in Rhode Island concerning a omission and error by a vendor of wastewater treatment equipment.

1998 to 2003

 

Dream 2B MX LLC, dba Minuteman Press of Boston

 

A Franchisee of Minuteman Press International

 

Owner and Operations Manager

 

Expert purchased and learned an entirely new business a from retail printing franchisor (Minuteman Press International). He managed all financial accounts, accounts receivable (172 accounts), accounts payable, payroll (using Paychex), inventory, taxes owed, and coordinated activities with landlord and with the franchisor. He prepared and submitted business plans to obtain financing from a bank. Expert obtained that financing, negotiated equipment and site lease contracts, developed site layout, developed marketing and sales programs, selected and purchased equipment, managed the environmental and safety program, hired and trained employees, operated and managed retail graphic design, offset printing and digital copying service center.

He grew revenues for 3 years. Expert oversaw the printing of multi-colored letterhead, envelopes, newsletters, marketing materials, mailing labels, business cards, etc. Expert was responsible for the sale and production of printed products. This included ordering supplies, employ personnel for operating the printing press, copying machines, and bindery equipment. Expert determined what jobs would be printed, folded and scored in house or purchased from outside vendors. Expert employed his son and daughter-in-law as well as various pressmen.

1971 to 1988

 

Systems Engineering & Manufacturing Corp. d/b/a Baker Brothers

 

Environmental Services and Equipment

 

From Process Engineer to Vice President

 

Expert prepared and was responsible for the annual budget and operations for the division. He oversaw the increase in sales from $1.1 million to over $12 million over the last 5 years and increased profits during that time by 22% by reducing expenses. Expert accelerated cash flow through procedural changes and improved claims management generating better cash flow. Expert modified corporate terms and conditions of sales, when required, of equipment sales, including indemnification clauses, with corporate attorneys and was responsible to review all contracts offered before accepting orders. Expert negotiated financial and purchasing contracts with component suppliers and installing contractors.

The company was (it no longer exists) an equipment supplier (including the automated production equipment) to the plating, metal finishing, and printed circuit industries worldwide. The waste treatment division reported to Expert. Each of the sales engineers within that group was responsible for properly analyzing potential or actual client waste characteristics and defining a solution that would be economically justified by the client. Expert was responsible for each component selected to be used in an application including, but not limited to, monitoring and recording devices, materials of construction, approval of the pump selected for a specific application, coordinating the equipment layout with building architects or owners of a facility with safety and ease-of-use concerns and the type of transport required to ship the assembled equipment from Stoughton, Massachusetts or from another point of origin to the job site.

For equipment shipped overseas, the costs for shipment in standard sized containers were taken into account. Expert was responsible for the training of personnel assigned to operate the various air and water treatment devices supplied by the company.

1969 to 1971

 

Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control

 

Industrial Waste Division

 

Sanitary Engineer

 

Expert worked for this regulating agency to identify, control and reduce the discharge of industrial waste from various industries. He worked with most civil and chemical consulting engineers who submitted equipment specifications and engineering plans (for their industrial clients) for review and comment / approval to this state agency. Expert also worked with the Enforcement Division (and the attorney general's office) and attended civil and enforcement proceedings concerning hazardous wastes, landfills, toxic waste sites, discharge permit applications, and industrial wastes within the State and assisted in Interstate activities with Federal Agencies. He also provided his chemical engineering services when reviewing permit applications for construction of the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station and for proposals within the Division of Research within this agency.

1964 to 1969

 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

 

Division of Sanitary Engineering

 

Assistant Sanitary Engineer

 

As a co-op student, Expert sampled rivers and streams, municipal sewage treatment facilities, and conducted audits and investigations of industrial wastes from various sources within Massachusetts. He spent considerable time at the State-run chemical laboratory learning the nuances of various testing and analytical procedures.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert was a member of the USA-Republic of China Economic Council and the International Organization for Standardization's ISO (14000) US/TAG in preparing international standards for environmental activities. He was also an active member in the American Electroplater's Society and in environmental committee within the Institute of Printed Circuits. Expert was a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and is currently registered as a consultant with various multilateral development banks.

Licenses/Certifications

He is currently registered in the State of Massachusetts as a Professional Chemical Engineer. At one time, Expert was registered and practiced engineering in 22 states.

Professional Appointments

He was the Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee and a member of the Environmental Committee of the American Electroplaters & Surface Finishing Society.

Awards/Recognition

Expert was invited to an event where Vice President Al Gore announced and detailed a global strategy of environmental improvement that was held in Golden, Colorado. This invitation was issued as a result of his active participation and knowledge of the plating and electronic's industry. Expert was requested to attend (as he represented companies who conducted, in some part, metal finishing and electronic operations) by Dr. Jack Gibbons who was President Clinton's Science, Technology, and Policy Advisor.

He was requested to provide several peer review reports on various subjects (including environmental projects in Indonesia) for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and also (Chrome alternatives) for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has written extensively in the monthly column "Health and Safety Advisor" of the Plating & Surface Finishing Journal and has authored numerous technical articles on environmental engineering subjects for various national and international journals.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Printed Circuit Handbook  
 - Institute of Printed Circuits Regulatory Compliance Workshop Manual  
 - Chromium Colloquium Workshop  
 - American Electroplaters & Surface Finishing Society  
 - A 60 minute webinar for the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA)  
 - A 90 minute Webinar  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1967 to 1971   Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control   Assistant Sanitary Engineer   Expert reviewed engineering reports, plans, and equipment specifications submitted by professional engineering firms for a variety of industrial categories within Massachusetts. Expert conducted onsite investigations and collected samples to determine compliance at various industrial, municipal, and federal sites treating or producing waste. In addition, Expert worked with State and Federal enforcement attorneys and agents to provide expert testimony at civil proceedings.
1964 to 1967   Massachusetts Department of Public Health   Sanitary Engineering Aide   As a co-op student at Northeastern University's Chemical Engineering school, Expert conducted onsite assessments of industrial sites, landfills, and toxic waste sites. He worked at the state laboratory analyzing waste, drinking water, and soils.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert was asked to investigate the operation of a wastewater treatment plant for an electroplater in Belmont, Massachusetts that had been fined by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Within one week, Expert discovered the omission of a critical component that had been specified by the equipment supplier but was not installed. Other consultants previously retained by this electroplater did not observe this omission. Expert's experience working for a supplier of equipment enhanced his ability to diagnose the solution to their problem that resulted in a $12 million dollar judgement by a jury in Federal Court against the supplier.
  • Client mines chromite ore, a spinel mineral comprised of chromium oxide, aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide and iron oxide found in situ with accessory minerals, primarily magnesium silicates. The client has a benefication plant adjacent to the mining site in the Republic of South Africa to upgrade the run-of-mine chromite ore to the quality necessary for foundry grade chromite sand used in specialty metal-casting applications. The benefication plant utilizes a combination of several separation methods/techniques in "wet" and "dry" sections of the plant. The wet section includes wet attritioning, upflow classification, and acidic washing for washing/scrubbing the surface of the chromite particles. The dry section of the plant includes magnetic, electrostatic and density (air) separation for liberating and removing the impurities. Engagement Description:One of the factors that is important to the metalcasting customers is the removal of the clayey impurities and low melting point silicate impurities. In addition to chemical analysis (XRF) to determine the percent of SiO2 impurity content, an aqueous turbidity test is often performed to look for the amount of small turbid particles that will become suspended in water when the chromite sand is analyzed. These small turbid particles potentially can cause issues in the metalcasting process and can negatively impact tensile strength of the sand when mixed with foundry polymer binder systems. Major process upgrades have been implemented at the client plant in the last 12 months to improve turbidity and chromite grain cleanliness. However, the client still has inconsistency in sand quality. Client is experiencing higher than desired turbidity levels associated with their chromite sand product and believe there is an increase in the turbidity of the product as it moves though their dry processing circuit. The clint needs to uncover the nature and cause of the increase in turbidity and identify solutions to the issue. Client is interested in determining why the small turbid particles are not being removed by our current process and how to remove these particles. We are interested in exploring surface chemistry(how are the small turbid particles staying with the product instead of being removed) as well as plant operational modifications.Deliverables provided:· Helped the client determine how to remove the small turbid particles;· Review client approach/methodology for chromite ore processing and turbidity removal including ore mining, beneficiation, and quality control on the production level;· Provide scientific hypothesis on chromite sand turbidity nature and origin; and· Recommendation and observation report for process improvement leading to reduction in measured turbidity of the final chromite product.
  • Description of actual services provided by staff within the assignment: Expert provided engineering design services at Hewlett-Packard OKI Printed Circuits, which consisted of a 116,000 square foot (of which 66,000 square feet contains the fabrication equipment) printed circuit manufacturing facility, in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico for Hewlett-Packard Company Corporate Real Estate, in Palo Alto, CA. In addition to reviewing alternative equipment proposals, reviewing methods to reduce power costs and selecting a process water purification system (up to 18 MEG) and then a wastewater treatment equipment supplier, Expert reviewed the detailed treatability studies, detailed process flow and instrumentation drawings, materials of construction and the control sequence for operating each system. The design project included the bulk storage systems for chemicals and sludge produced, as they had to be hauled off the island of Puerto Rico for ultimate disposal. Expert was responsible for inspecting the equipment, the installation, training of operators, equipment start up and to verify that the system performed as originally guaranteed by the supplier (which included a factor of safety). The wastewater treatment system included two (2) shallow bed deationizers (selective cation exchange) for copper removal, parallel plate electroplating (using variable current density control) to recover copper, a system for the treatment and removal of photoresist solids, a proprietary electroless copper treatment system, a sulfide precipitation system, an alkaline etchant (ammoniacal chloride) recycling and copper recovery system, and an oxidation system (hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by ultraviolet light) to reduce the organic content of the wastes.• Narrative description of Project: Manage, within budget, a three year long $7 million water treatment, emissions control systems and industrial wastewater treatment included in a $45 million project for the Hewlett-Packard / Oki Electric Co. Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing joint venture in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, coordinating plans with team members, local regulating authorities and utilities, working with the site developer, architect, contractors, and production and chemical dosing equipment suppliers.
  • Narrative description of Project: Taking into account the local electrical specifications and potential variable conditions, this project required an assessment of every source of emissions, energy consumption and wastewater before equipment was purchased to allow compliance to all environmental and electrical requirements. In addition to supplying the production equipment, the scope of work included start-up services, demonstration of system performance to better than what was required by regulating agencies, and onsite training of appropriate personnel. In addition, this project required coordination with the Montreal (Quebec, Canada) based Corporation's engineering and production organizations.Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment: Expert prepared the conceptual and the detailed design specifications, selected equipment suppliers, purchased the equipment in the United States & Canada, arranged for shipping items to Singapore, and conducted the start up of an air emission control and rinsewater recycling treatment system constructed for the Pratt & Whitney Singapore Aircraft Engine Overhaul Service Center. Waste originated from a chemical cleaning line for aircraft engines and from a non-destructive test (FPI) line. Expert was responsible for the purchase, inspection, shipment, installation, and operator training in the proper use of the treatment system that included a tubular Romicon ultrafiltration module, for emulsified oil removal, and a centrifuge for paint solids removal. In addition, the treatment system included equalization, pH adjustment, canisters containing activated carbon and ion exchange resins which were regenerated off-site.
  • Expert's project for a company in Mexicali, Mexico, focused on an alternative method to dispose of their spent aluminum oxide, steel, and glass bead shot (used for shot peening and the abrasive blasting of components) as a “hazardous waste." Their prior annual disposal cost was almost $95,000, not including transportation. Expert specified a plastic recyclable material for their blasting and peening processes and recommended a mechanical change to their machines which increased their recycling opportunities. Expert also located companies and contractors who would accept their spent materials for recycling and/or reuse. After the project was implemented, the above cost was eliminated.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Semiconductor expert for consulting on boron removal in p+ semiconductor grade silicon.
  • Expert in nickel recovery for consulting on nickel recovery during food processing.
  • Expert consulting on Black Oxide.
  • Expert in Technical Due diligence on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Recycling Company.
  • Expert in architectural engineering for consulting on recommendations to improve cost effectiveness of our drawing standards.
  • Processing engineer plating expert for consulting on process engineer.
  • Expert in exhaust configuration for consulting on correcting exhaust configuration for small volume atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment.
  • Water quality expert for consulting on Assistance for getting EPA Product Certification of a Water Quality Testing Instrument.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Specialties: Expert offers guidance on environmental best practices, employee safety issues, chemical processes and processing equipment issues. After analyzing complex technical issues that may arise in a crisis, he reduces those issues to simple statements and concise tasks for external communications such as with appropriate regulating agencies and other stakeholders. In recent years, he has worked on projects within the electronics, organic and inorganic chemical, mining, metal processing and metal finishing industries. Environmental and safety issues that occur in those industries have also been addressed in automotive and aerospace facilities as well as at chemical storage facilities, barge and ship refurbishment operations and in general manufacturing industries.

Expert has more than 45 years of practical knowledge (beginning in 1964) focused on providing due diligence investigations focused on limiting financial and legal exposure, including those involving wrongful death suits due to a possible equipment malfunction. His experience and training allows him to specify, provide a detailed design, supervise installations and review operating environmental control equipment and product purification systems. His background includes assessing industrial accidents such as an unanticipated spill, and assessing the possible requirements for wastewater treatment and other issues as I worked for a regulating agency in Massachusetts. That history and skill allows him to review and mitigate malfunctioning environmental control and water purification systems, recommend precious metal recovery systems, define the need for adequate secondary containment, specify energy saving methods, review environmental permitting and scheduling, and to evaluate U.S. patents.

Expert evaluates proper equipment usage; methods for applying appropriate protective floor coatings where necessary and evaluate plumbing and structural supports, and routine and infrequent maintenance procedures.

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Clean water act expert for consulting on whether clean water act was violated as a result of blasting rocks.
  • Wastewater management expert for consulting on pipe corrosion and water treatment conditions and possible defect in piping.
  • Dredging expert for consulting on dredging quantities corrupted by excessive debris from severe storm runoff.
  • Groundwater litigation expert in California for consulting on flooding caused by a broken levy.
  • Sewage pipe expert for consulting on damage and health effects of defective easement.
  • Expert in hydraulic fluids for consulting on litigation involving die casting fluids containing PCB's prior to 1972.
  • Carbon water filter effectiveness expert witness for consulting on effectiveness of Culligan carbon filter in removing benzene and toluene.
  • Expert in septic systems for consulting on leaking gases from tank.
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.

Market Research:
Expert provides technical assistance either from our headquarters near Boston, Massachusetts or, when needed, at a client's location anywhere around the world where he conduct audits to assess existing conditions and suggest changes to reduce operating costs. His practical recommendations embrace a range of options based upon best practices and our many years of experience and expertise in specifying, procuring, installing and operating equipment. He reports on the features, benefits and associated downside of major equipment and process options. Typical cost savings are the result of increasing efficiency of energy use, use of renewable energy, control and reduction of VOC air emissions, proper room air ventilation control and air conditioning, and water pollution prevention techniques, methods to recover and recycle building materials, and protection of resources such as local aquifers, which may be the source for water in the area. His working experience includes interfacing with regulators, building owners and managers of manufacturing and operations, architects, building contractors, electrical engineers and installing contractors. Audits, for example, are used to assess energy, engineering and environmental issues at a factory, hotel or other jobsite.

Expert desires to expand upon and amplify my equipment experience, process knowledge of industrial and commercial applications, working experience with various private drinking water and sanitation facilities, mentoring managers and on-site training of personnel. His passion is to implement action plans and prioritizing alternatives to identify and then propose alternatives ways to increase the efficient use of energy used in equipment, operations. Various local micro-generation options can be explored including building mounted micro wind turbines, solar thermal hot water heaters, solar photovoltaic electricity generators, power derived from fuel cells, and heat pumps reducing the need to import fuel oil and increasing regional power distribution systems. Increasing the efficiency for any given application will reduce the cost for electricity and the energy consumed by that process.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert was a speaker during a 90-minute webinar on Engineering Ethics. The Webinar featured three presenters and was sponsored by Chemical Engineering Magazine. Proper Environmental Management of Industrial Equipment was examined during a 60 minute webinar presented to attorneys. This webinar was viewed by attorneys representing employees and end-users of equipment, equipment system suppliers, transportation companies, installation companies, and independent contractors.

Capacity building and evaluation of existing maintenance procedures, for both managers and technical personnel, for a specific site can be provided after an audit or inspection has been completed. Providing guidance during and following a workshop to conserve energy and to consider energy efficient alternatives that are cost justified should help decrease operating costs and reduce carbon emissions.

On-site training on maintenance procedures, transferring technology, and advising personnel to review energy use and overall system performance using appropriate metrics are critical to any system. His tasks include identifying daily and weekly system checks and explaining preventative maintenance concerns for each component within a system. He ensures that all equipment specifications (electrical and mechanical), individual equipment operating manuals and vendor literature describing how to optimize performance are located in one place easily accessible to operating personnel. Workshops are held on-site to answer questions after the agenda, time frame, and management-approved topic lists are distributed. When English is not the primary language, appropriate translators and other personnel receive preliminary training by me prior to the Workshop dates.

This was the case during a 2-day workshop that he held in the Republic of China during 1993 paid for by the Country's Ministry of Economic Affairs. He prepared the presentation about two months prior to the Workshop. His objective was to provide guidance to prioritize action plans with options addressing specific pollution prevention concerns, evaluate equipment operating experience and answer questions from both technical and operating personnel from about 60 different companies. The operating, including power, cost for each alternative, its equipment cost and the need for spare parts were included in this presentation.

Expert uses the Leopold matrix method for prioritizing methods to address specific applications and identified what was involved in a typical schedule to implement changes. The Leopold matrix method uses weight factors (1 to 10) to be assigned (multiplied) to both various approaches and various opportunities (each opportunity has its own weight factor) for each application. Some of the opportunity components included in that presentation were technical feasibility, economic evaluation, necessity for new permits, and floor space requirements. Some of the approaches described were input changes, operational improvements, and administrative steps. Expert identified a basis for assigning weight factors to both opportunities and approaches. The matrix method uses a chart to numerically prioritize, for a specific application, various actions to reduce energy consumption.

In his previous position as chair of the Employee Health and Safety Committee within the national professional technical society, he organized, developed and frequently spoke at various workshops and at instructional train-the-trainer sessions. Workshops included the ISO 14000 environmental management standards. He authored numerous papers on various topics that have been peer-reviewed and published in technical journals distributed worldwide (list available upon request) and in an internationally recognized journal.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert's greatest asset is his experience with most categories of equipment used in connection with metal and solution (such as water) recovery and purification systems. This includes capital projects management, obtaining, estimating, and analyzing equipment, analyzing terms and conditions of sales, and operating costs from vendors and at various facilities. Expert's equipment design experience makes him comfortable interpreting how changes will affect performance. Expert has experience locating vendors of ion exchange equipment, electroplating equipment, wastewater treatment and recycling systems, printed circuit board fabrication equipment, particulate filtration systems and acid purification and recycling systems. While owner of a Minuteman Press franchise, Expert evaluated printing, copying, and bindery equipment for purchase.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is passionate about using his pattern recognition, experience, and dedication to details investigating new opportunities for a client. Expert's passion to market his services in Asia resulted in allowing him to provide pollution prevention auditing, training and design sessions in Taiwan and provide air emission control engineering services for a municipal wastewater treatment facility in Singapore and in Malaysia. As part of this plan, Expert designed, specified and supplied a wastewater treatment system, as a broker, to a major aircraft engine overhaul facility in Singapore. In developing new business, including his printing broker firm, Expert's greatest enjoyment and enthusiasm occurs when providing a premium proposal, interfacing with potential and existing customers, mentoring colleagues, completing projects on-time and within budget and accepting additional business from existing customers.

From 1989 to mid-2003, Expert owned and operated a printing franchise, Minuteman Press of Boston. This activity involved, at a minimum, becoming knowledgeable about a limited liability company, pre-press evaluations, offset printing practices using an 2-color Multi 1650 printing press, hiring employees to print (both in-house and hired as a contractor), to design graphics and marketing materials, conduct bindery and copying services, and using direct-selling techniques for their products to the financial section in downtown Boston.


 

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