Chemical Process Engineer Consultant: Polymers, Refinery Operations, Chemical and Biochemical Products

Technical Consultant #1493


Expertise

  • Chemical engineering consulting for 38 years with extensive global experience in the process industries, primarily related to polymers, refinery operations, chemical and biochemical products.
  • Supervising start up and commissioning of new chemical plants.
  • Lead chemical engineer of many projects, with responsibility for all aspects of planning, process design and supervision of other engineers.
  • Process engineer on a nuclear waste disposal project in the United Kingdom.
  • Experienced in fast track front-end process engineering.
  • Pharmaceutical plant process design.
  • Experienced with biofuels industry projects and the chemical engineering of green chemistry, including corn processing.
  • Safety audits of batch chemical processes.

Experience

Recent Consulting Projects

  • Nuclear projects for Costain Engineering in the United Kingdom.
  • Process study on corn processing facilities around the world.
  • Lead process/mechanical engineer for a new process to produce biodiesel from waste grease.
  • Lead process/mechanical engineer for a new diagnostic product; production process replicated a similar plant in Scotland, United Kingdom.
  • Lead process Engineer for a flare gas recovery project at the Eagle Point, N.J., Sunoco Refinery.
  • Project lead for a air emissions study and oxidizer evaluation on a batch specialty chemicals plant at a pharmaceutical company in Grand Bahama.
  • Process/mechanical lead for project to relocate and upgrade two cosmetic production plants.

BI Chemicals, Petersburg, VA

  • Supervising commissioning engineer for a specialty chemicals plant.
  • Worked with a variety of process equipment including reactors, heat exchangers, dryers, centrifuges, scrubbers, fans and pumps.

Rohm & Haas, Bristol, PA

  • Chemical engineering projects included printer ink manufacture, polymers, dyes and general chemicals.
  • Lead engineer for the upgrade and retrofit of a plant manufacturing magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide.

Roche Pharmaceuticals, Boulder, CO

  • Lead engineer for a project requiring the retrofitting of a new bulk drug process into an existing operating plant.
  • Project was a site-based assignment involving the re-use of certain existing vessels, and columns, the installation of new equipment and routing of new pipework within a constrained space.

Texasgulf, Aurora, NC

  • Conducted an internal audit for OSHA 1910 compliance at a large fertilizer manufacturing facility.

PFC Bahamas, Freeport, Grand Bahama

  • Responsible for air emissions assessment and control, together with off-sites and utilities for bulk pharmaceutical facility in Bahamas.
  • Plant-wide upgrade to change product that involved redesign of existing reactors and other equipment, and the addition of new filter/dryers in a new building.
  • Analysis of the new batch sheets with new raw materials, that included studies of tank farm operations and of batch and continuous solvent recovery operations.

Syntex, Mexico and Ireland

  • Process design of a pharmaceutical plant in Mexico involving upgrades to several operating areas of the plant, including chilled water, brine, and waste management.
  • Lead process/mechanical engineer for a site-based team at a large bulk chemical manufacturing facility in Ireland. Established a multi discipline team; completed and commissioned a number of upgrade and expansion projects; responsible for air emissions modeling, and evaluation of control options; and, lead process/mechanical engineer for a project to upgrade the wastewater plant.

Shell Oil Company, Lakeland, FL

  • Responsible for system by system safety study at a batch organic chemicals plant.
  • Recommended several plant modifications to bring the plant in line with OSHA regulations and good safety practice.

British Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield, United Kingdom

  • Supervising process engineer on a major multi-million nuclear waste disposal project.
  • Designer of active ventilation systems; author of commissioning procedures for the project.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Chartered Engineer, United Kingdom; Chartered Scientist; Chartered Environmentalist
  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Process Intensification Network in the U.K.

Education

  • B.S.c., Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
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