- All aspects of food processing, with broad background in chemical engineering, chemistry, food chemistry, food processing, analytical techniques and raw material sources and evaluation.
- Research and focused on vegetable oil and animal fat processing technology.
- Over 30 years' agriculture process improvements and consulting in edible oil processing, refining, product development and packaging.
- Edible oils and fats from dairy products, fish oils, chickens and plants, such as fruit, soybeans, palm, sunflower, canola, palm and nuts.
- Hydrogenation processing of fats, and interesterification and fractionation of fats as alternatives to hydrogenation.
- Food process improvements using membrane technology, waste minimization, waste processing, batch to continuous processing, safety and evaluating process changes for improved yields.
- Bleaching applications of earth materials for various edible oils at refineries.
- Fish oil processing; use of wastes from fishery operations.
- Chemical engineering principles in bakery manufacturing operations with results to increase, production, reduce waste, improve product consistency and provide significant increased profits.
- Ability to Increase hydrogenation capacity by 50% via application of chemical engineering principles, improved process monitoring and product tracking.
- Examination and evaluation of pretreated waste fats as feedstock for aviation biofuel.
Undisclosed Company, President, Present
- Providing technical support and expertise in the food processing and process Intensification industries.
- Providing technical assistance to marketing for introduction of new retail oil products in China.
- Process improvement for refining soybean oil in China.
- Technical evaluation of processes for the pretreatment of waste fats as feedstock for aviation biofuel.
- Technical expertise for the application of bleaching earths for various edible oils at refineries in North America and United Kingdom.
- Evaluation of chicken fat processing opportunities in Canada.
- Evaluation of interesterification and fractionation of fats as alternatives to hydrogenation.
- Process improvement for sunflower crushing and oil refining in Kenya and Tanzania.
- Chief Scientist for Agro Abundatia, a Market evaluation and process opportunity company.
- Evaluation of palm oil opportunities in Guatemala.
- Visiting Lecturer: University del Valle, Guatemala City and Nanjing University. China.
BUNGE Ltd, St. Louis, MO and Bradley, Danville, IL, Chief Scientist, 2003 - 2008
- As Manager of Oil Centre of Excellence (OCOE) helped to develop new products and improved existing based on agricultural materials for use as food ingredients and animal feed.
- Led teams to identified new technologies, generated new hypotheses and development of research programs for the worldwide applications.
- Scoured the world for new technologies and new business opportunities.
- Develop technical partnerships with leading universities, research institutes and lead suppliers that energized value creation.
- Manager of day-to-day OCOE financial and operational issues to ensure smooth operation within the Bunge North America organization.
- Assist the Director in budget planning, portfolio management, technical issues, and day-to-day financial and operational issues as appropriate.
- Management of projects in membrane processing, process intensification, fractionation and networking within the Bunge global organization to expedite project implementation.
Bunge Food, MO and IL, Director, Process Development, Operations, 1984 - 2003
- Previous Position - Associate Director, Process Development, Research and Development
- A corporate position responsible for implementation of process and quality improvements in plants processing of edible oils, fruits, dairy stabilizers, mixes and baked/frozen bakery goods.
- Management of process development, pilot plant, regulatory affairs and standards and analytical departments.
- Responsible for the planning and testing of new processing equipment in the laboratory, pilot plant and full scale and implementation of new analytical instruments and methods.
- Investigation of cost reduction opportunities in plants; providing leadership to implement statistical process control in plant operations and laboratory environments.
- Presentations and training of all levels of personnel from senior management to plant operators.
- Provided liaison between Research and Operations and Management in technical matters.
Honors & Publications
- Continued and concentrated studies in food processing technology,
- Course work on Total Quality, Engineering and Management and Process Intensification.
Academic and Professional Affiliations
- Chartered Engineer, United Kingdom
- Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
- Member of Society of Chemical Industry, UK
- Member of American Oil Chemists Society
- Editorial Board, Food and Bio-products Processing, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
Publications and Patents
- Author of the chapter on Industrial Oils and Fats
- Many technical publications spanning many years.
- Three U.S. Patents.
- Ph.D. Engineering, Heat Transfer, University of London, London, U.K.
- B.Sc. Engineering, Chemical Engineering, University of London, London U.K