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 Expert  727947

Expert in Chemical Process Analysis, Chemical Process Design, Development, Troubleshooting, Improvement


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
USA
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Expert has 30 years experience in the chemical process industries including polymerization process R&D, process troubleshooting, operations, technology transfer, and management of projects of up to $15 million. He has worked in the polyolefins, electronic materials, fuel ethanol, and in polymer finishing operations. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986 in the field of numerical analysis of low Reynolds number flow.

Expert has extensive experience in the Innovene (gas phase polypropylene), Spheripol (loop and gas phase polypropyllene) and Unipol (gas phase polyethylene) processes, with approximately 15 years combined experience with these processes. He has developed polymerization reaction models to predict polypropylene MWD for the spheripol loop reactors and has done significant experimental work in the gas phase for PP-PE copolymers and metallocence gas phase PE, as well as bimetallic (ziegler-Natta/metallocene) catalyst development in the gas phase.

During his time in the electronics materials industry, Expert drove significant process improvements in the extrusion compounding of reactive thermosets, saving his emplyer an average of $250,000 in direct costs per year over a four year period in a down market. The improvements were focused on waste reduction, process efficiency, and quality improvements. He led a number of problem solving teams that identified root causes for chronic quality problems, developed and implemented solutions within a short time frame. In one instance a quality issue that cost the company $180,000 over 6 months was resolved in one week. His abilities as a team leader and project manager led him to the position of Lead Engineer for a transition of the electronic molding powders business to China, where he was responsible for validating manufacturing formulas with Chinese-sourced raw materials and similar, but different manufacturing equipment.

Upon the successful transition of the business, Expert worked in the fuel ethanol industry as a project manager, in charge of two concurrent projects for the Distillation, Dehydration, and Evaporation section of the plants; these projects were in the $10-15 million range. He also acted as lead process engineer on 2 projects of similar scope, and was involved in the training of plant operations personnel.

After the retrenchment of the fuel ethanol market, Expert acted as a Sr. Process Engineer working for an extruder OEM in support of sales and design engineering of packaged systems for polymer devolatilizing.

His recent experience as a Process Implementation Manager for Expert's Firm included all phases of polypropylene projects including basic design, detailed design reviews, SHE reviews, operator training, field installation checks, precommissioning, commissioning, startup, and performance testing. He has successfully started up 3 Innovene PP plants.

He now is President of Expert's Firm.

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precommissioning

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project commissioning

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Hazard and Operability study

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causation analysis

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chemical process

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chemical process analysis

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chemical process design

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chemical process safety engineering

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chemical process troubleshooting

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continuous mixing

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continuous polymerization

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continuous process

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continuous process analysis

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data analysis

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numerical analysis

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process hazard analysis


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Buffalo, New York;  Rochester, New York;  Niagara Falls, New York;  and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1986   PhD   Chemical Engineering   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
1983   MS   Chemical Engineering   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
1982   BS   Chemical Engineering   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

President

 

He is responsible for all aspects of the business, from lead development to performing project work.

2008 to 2010

 

NFM Welding Engineers

 

Process Engineering

 

Sr. Process Engineer

 

Expert was responsible for sales support in the extrusion pilot plant, process engineering design and ancilliary equipment specification, comissioning and startup activities.

2007 to 2008

 

Thermal Kinetics Engineering

 


 

Sr. Project Manager/Sr. Process Engineer

 

Expert was project manager for two projects in the Distillation, Dehydration, and Evaporation section. These projects were in the $10-15 million range. He also acted as a lead designer on two other projects of similar scope.

2005 to 2006

 

Henkel Technologies

 

Electronic Materials

 

Sr. Project Engineer

 

Expert was resonsible for the validation of product formulations using Chinese-sourced raw materials on similar (but different) extrusion equipment. The products were used to qualify the new operating plant for existing Henkel customers. He resided in China during the project.

2000 to 2005

 

Henkel Technologies

 

Electronic Materials

 

Engineering Scientist

 

Expert investigated and implemented process and yield improvements in support of molding powder and filled liquids production in manufacturing facility. He identified, proposed, and managed manufacturing improvement capital projects in range of $20,000 to $200,000. Served on international teams for product commercialization and technology development

1997 to 2000

 

Mobil Chemical

 

Low Pressure Polyethylene Pilot Plant

 

Sr. Research Engineer

 

Expert planned and executed pilot plant programs in support of new polyethylene catalyst development projects and production plant support. He also collaborated with outside consultants in development of process models and technology strategy.

1989 to 1997

 

Montell Polyolefins

 

Research and Development

 

Research Engineer/Scientist

 

Expert acted as internal consultant for Design of Experiments and Statistical analysis. He worked closely with operating plants to address polymer production quality issues and process troubleshooting. He also developed mathematical models describing polymerization reactor performance and developed novel experimental methods for Ziegler-Natta catalyst evaluation. He supported plant operations for commissioning of new equipment and commercialization of new catalyst systems.

1987 to 1989

 

Sterling Research Group

 

Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

Sr. Research Engineer

 

Mathematical modeling of drug absorption studies

2013 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Polypropylene Project Delivery

 

Process Implementation Manager

 

Responsible for all phases of polypropylene projects including basic design, detailed design reviews, SHE reviews, operator training, field installation checks, precommissioning, commissioning, startup, and performance testing. He has successfully started up 3 Innovene PP plants.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

AIChE

Licenses/Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer NYS (2004).


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has one patent regarding the preparation of polyolefins.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Assisted in designing small scale equipment for MonoMethylHydrazine purification, including heat transfer equipment, FMEA, and equipment specification
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert expert in oxidation process chemical industry for consulting on Process safety review.
  • Expert for consulting on Looking for an in process conditions for and work-up procedures.
  • Expert for consulting on Solvent Red 164.
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:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Respondent's expert on a fluidized bed dryer for fuel ethanol dispute (2011)
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
2005 to 2006   China   He was Lead Engineer responsible for transfer of process and engineering technology of a $50 million business to Henkel – Hua Wei Electronics Joint Venture. He coordinated production trials for more than 70 existing and new products. He was responsible for relocation of capital equipment valued at $5 million from US to China. Resident of China for 1 year; can speak survival Mandarin.
2008 to 2009   China   Assisted in startup and troubleshooting of a extrusion devolatilization line to produce EPDM rubber.
2012 to   China   Multiple projects including technical meetings, technical service, precommissioning/commissioning and startup activities

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Process Operator training for Innovene PP Process (2014, 2015, 2016) Successful Process Startup (Doha, 2011)

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Initial screening of vendors for process equipment for inclusion on Recommended Vendors List.


 

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