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Expert in Filtration Membrane Processes and Equipment, Converting and Process Equipment Design and Startup

Expert ID: 724084 Massachusetts, USA

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Professional Engineer (Chemical) with 20+ years of experience in process development, project engineering and project management roles. Expert provides multi-disciplined versatility with superb analytical skills to identify issues during equipment/facility design and construction, and provide solutions to keep projects on schedule and on budget. Expert seeks challenging positions in world-class organizations for either long or short term contract assignments.

Expert has ten years of experience in the manufacture and use of microporous and ultrafiltration membranes. He has successfully applied these membranes in semiconductor process gas filtration, aqueous filtration, and solvent filtration.

 General: Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, TrackWise
 Mechanical Design: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Design Flow Solutions
 Process Controls: Delta V, RSView, RSLogix, SCADA, PLC
 Chemical Engineering: heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid dynamics, sanitary equipment design, NFF, TFF
 Advanced knowledge of mixing, web handling and precision coating equipment such as knife box, squeeze coating, slot die, dual slot die

He has overseen implementation of complex controls systems. The most complicated of these involved 14 programmable logic controllers and 7 man-machine interface terminals, all networked over traditional and fiber optic EtherNet. In addition, he has developed the controls schemes for hundreds of loops. Examples include pH measurements of diluted non-aqeous stream and precise (+/- 0.1 °F) dewpoint control of a heated air stream. He has experience with Allen Bradley and Siemens PLCs, Rockwell Automation HMI products (RSView, RSView SE, RSLinx), Opto 22 Factory Floor, and National Instruments LabView.

He has implemented online process monitoring of chemical composition using FTIR, refractive index, and density measurements. He has also implemented visual inspection with CCD cameras, as well as web thickness monitoring with lasers. This is in addition to years of experience with temperature, flow, and pressure measuring elements and transmitters.

He has implemented automation of previously manual operations in order to 1) reduce errors, 2) increase changeover efficiency and 3) improve quality. In one system he automated, over 50 different valve had to be manually set, along with changing 10 different PID setpoints, at any given changeover. By installing a recipe driven system, changeover mistakes were eliminated, and quality improved dramatically.

He provided hands on engineering consulting to troubleshoot problems with a distillation system. In addition to the onsite work, he interfaced with a 3rd party modelling company to minimize the number and impact of necessary experiments on the ongoing manufacturing operation.

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 - Providence, Rhode Island

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1994 Degree: Masters Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Year: 1991 Degree: Bachelors Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He is responsible for providing engineer consulting in the areas of membrane processes, including web handling, coating, formation, extraction, and drying. He also provides consulting services for equipment specification development, design review, and systems commissioning.
Years: 1996 to 2007 Employer: Millipore Title: Final position: Senior Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He designed and built lab equipment for new high volume filter integrity test method. He further developed test method with improved detection capability while reducing test cycle time and cost. He then managed $450K project to design and build FTIR test system (patent pending) based on the above work.
He designed, engineered, procured and installed $500K upgrade to chemical mixing and delivery system to address safety and quality concerns.
He designed, engineered, procured and installed $400K of capital equipment over 4 month period to add polymer cross linking to a batch membrane surface modification process.
Years: 1996 to 1996 Employer: ADHESIVE TECHNOLOGIES Title: Project/Process Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for the selection, installation, and maintenance of utilities and process equipment used in manufacturing of hot melt adhesives
Provided 24 hr troubleshooting support for extruders, blenders, and all utility equipment
Years: 1995 to 1996 Employer: ANALOG DEVICES Title: Process Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He designed and performed experiments to improve in-process and final product quality. He supported the day-to-day operations of the diffusion and ion implant work centers.
Years: 1994 to 1995 Employer: MOTOROLA SEMICONDUCTOR PRODUCTS SECTOR Title: Process/Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He designed and performed experiments to improve in-process and final product quality.
He was trained in Motorola Six Sigma, Design of Experiments, and Design for Manufacturability methods.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE);
Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Professional Engineer (Chemical), State of Massachusetts

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
He has a long history of finding solutions to technically challenging problems. Sometimes the solutions require the use of new technologies, which require finding appropriate manufacturers and vendors, as well as installation contractors. He has identified and worked with top level suppliers of custom web handling, fluid delivery, chemical mixing and heat transfer equipment. He has also identified and worked with companies which specialize in finite element and equation of state modeling of transport and separations processes.
Other Relevant Experience
General: Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio
ERP: Oracle 11i, Business Objects
Mechanical Design: SolidWorks 2005, AutoCAD 2005, Pro-E Wildfire 2.0
Statistics: Minitab
Process Controls: RSView, RSLogix, RSSQL, RSLinx, SCADA, PLC, Opto 22 Factory Floor
Chemical Engineering: heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid dynamics, sanitary equipment design, NFF, TFF
Advanced knowledge of mixing, web handling and precision coating equipment such as knife box, squeeze coating, slot die, dual slot die

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He studied French for 4 years in high school and 2 years in college. His French does not get much use, and is therefore somewhat rusty.

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