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 Expert  722800

Expert in Supply Chain Cost Reduction, Contract Services Management, and Batch Process Design

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
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Expert wrote and implemented an improved incident investigation procedure for his plant and has also done extensive engineering work around avoiding operating and mechanical accidents in the work place. He has worked with his company's contractors to reduce their safety incidents and his company's research organization to reduce the potential hazards for new processes. Expert has experience interviewing people following accidents to get information relating to the investigation without creating a threatening environment.


Expert has experience in designing facilities to exclude oxygen from materials that oxidize or decompose in the presence of air or moisture.

air-sensitive material handling

Expert has experience in changing a business process to reduce costs and get results faster.

business process re-engineering


contract service management


supply chain cost reduction

Expert worked with both hazardous and corrosive chemicals and the design of facilities to contain them. Chemicals he has worked with includes solvents such as xylene, orthodichlorobenzene, monochlorobenzene, and methanol; as well as others including chlorine, phosgene, acetic acid, sulfur dioxide, anhydrous ammonia, metallic sodium, tetrahydrofuran, caustic soda, methomyl, magnesium, copper chloride, helium, isocyanates, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, mercaptans, amines, diamines, and carbon monoxide.

chemical handling

Expert participated in several retrofits where he and his colleagues changed the equipment to make completely different chemicals with different hazards and process requirements.

chemical manufacturing facility evaluation

Expert worked on the design, construction, and startup of four different chemical processes that involved toxic, corrosive, and flammable materials. His experience is in both batch and continuous processing.

chemical plant

As sourcing manager, Expert evaluated contractors versus in-house performance to determine which services to outsource, and then implemented several outsourcing programs with very positive results.


Expert has extensive experience designing batch processes for agricultural chemicals. This includes special attention to the containment of toxic and corrosive materials as well as biologically active chemicals.

chemical plant design

In his role as project leader for several batch processes, Expert designed several processes which had built-in safety systems based on the arrangement of the equipment.

chemical plant layout

Expert has worked with site management to develop training programs to help their people deal effectively with new equipment and chemical processes.

chemical plant management

Expert started up four different complex batch processes including operator training as well as final equipment checkout and improvement and change of operations to meet business objectives.

chemical plant start-up

Expert developed a written safety incident investigation procedure for his company's plant site. This helped those who were involved to focus on the facts and get to explicit solutions to defined problems.

chemical process safety engineering

Expert designed the batch processes for three new products from their chemistry onward. This included definition of additional information needed as well as directing the design efforts of a 20-person team to achieve the business objectives for these new processes. The materials handled included toxic, flammable, corrosive, and biologically active chemicals.

chemical process design

Expert wrote a new procedure to help those investigating incidents to get all the relevant facts and then follow a defined process toward a list of clear conclusions and recommendations which could be accomplished.

chemical processing plant accident investigation

Through his project work, Expert has implemented several sets of safety systems that give multiple layers of protection according to the level of risk for various chemicals. His processes were started up without incident and remain injury free after years of operation.

chemical processing system safety

Expert has implemented chemical safety philosophy compatible with OSHA and the AIChE chemical safety guidelines. This was applied to many chemicals with diverse hazards.

chemical safety

Expert has conducted many incident investigations following the protocol specified by OSHA 1910 and the assessment of cause associated with the 14 points on the hazard "wheel."

chemical safety management

Expert has helped design facilities to make confined space entry easier. This includes isolation of lines with extra valves, allowance of extra access space for such work, and detailed procedures such as a list of blanks, isolation spools, power cuts, etc. necessary before safe entry of a vessel.

confined space safety

Expert has audited construction contractors for their safety procedures and conducted investigations where they had incidents.

contractor safety

Expert has participated in several fire investigations to define root cause and develop clear recommendations for future prevention.

fire investigation

Expert has experience designing processes using flammable liquids and combustible solids. The designs included plans to prevent combustible mixtures and also avoid static sparks.

fire prevention

While doing process design work, Expert has defined options to reduce the amount of flammable materials present and prevent explosive/flammable mixtures from existing during operation. As part of the design, he and his colleagues also assessed the need for fire protection systems and how they should be activated.

fire risk analysis

Expert has designed facilities to handle flammable solvents, corrosive materials such as mineral acids, toxic materials such as chlorine and phosgene, and chemicals with biological effects such as carcinogens.

hazardous material handling

Expert implemented a system to handle industrial gases in bulk instead of individual cylinders, which saved money as well as improved process safety.

industrial gas safety

Expert has experience designing facilities to handle flammable and toxic solvents and some that are corrosive.

in-plant solvent handling

As part of his company's process design work, Expert made the designs "friendly" toward lock, tag, and try procedures. This included physical location of isolation valves and instruments as well as allowing suitable access area for maintenance work.

lock out tag procedure

Expert has experience in the design of facilities to handle flammable solvents, wet solids, slurries, and dry solids. This includes odor control as well as dust collection.

materials handling

Throughout his 30 years of experience with DuPont, Expert has been involved with all phases of safety from concepts to actual operation.


For Expert safety engineering was a part of normal design work. He had to be very creative to develop systems to deal with new issues such as occupational health and containment of biologically active chemicals.

safety engineering

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas;  Pasadena, Texas;  Beaumont, Texas;  College Station, Texas;  Baytown, Texas;  Bryan, Texas;  Sugar Land, Texas;  Victoria, Texas;  Port Arthur, Texas;  and Galveston, Texas.

Often requested
with this expert:

Chemical Process and Design
Chemical Process Design
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Process Engineering

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1967   B.S.Ch.E.   Chemical Engineering   University of Massachusetts   Cum Laude
1969   M.S.Ch.E.   Chemical Engineering   Pennsylvania State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to 2005







Following his retirement from DuPont in 1998, Expert has published three articles in Chemical Engineering Progress and remains active in the trade doing part-time consulting.

1966 to 1998




Agricultural Products


Sourcing Manager


Expert worked in chemical process design, project execution, process development, as a sourcing manager, and in service supplier cost reduction.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Chemical Engineering Progress  

Consulting Services:
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:
  • Expert in anhydrous ammonia fertilizer safety for toxic tort litigation case.
  • Expert for consulting on Anhydrous ammonia needed for case review.
  • Expert for consulting on Mercaptan Litigation.
  • Chlorine process expert for consulting on a chlorine leak in a valve in chemical plant causing death of plant worker.
  • Wastewater treatment expert in Michigan for consulting on valve failure in waste water treatment facility.
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.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1980 to 1980   Puerto Rico   Expert worked on the startup of a batch granulation process for a new agricultural product.
1992 to 1992   France   He did a design and estimate for an agricultural chemical process in Cernay, France.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Expert can speak and read French, and can engage in conversation-level communications.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert developed a course for training senior citizens on internet usage.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has reviewed service supplier credentials for contract work.


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