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Expert in Food Process Engineering: Facility Design and Construction, Equipment and Process Design, and CIP

Expert ID: 730379 Oklahoma, USA

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Expert is a registered, professional engineer with over twenty-five years of experience in food process engineering. He is an Associate Professor of Food Process Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His responsibilities include technical assistance to entrepreneurs and food processors; research and development of food processing equipment and techniques; and the establishment of extension programs in food engineering. His industrial experience includes positions at the Gerber Products Company (baby food) and Lockwood Greene Engineers (consulting). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering.

Recent Industry Projects:
Pecan butter process development
Jerky dehydrator development and optimization
Snack food process development (nuts and seeds)
Piping and process analysis, corn-dog line
High-efficiency coffee roaster development
Sausage patty process optimization
Propane extraction system design
Waste product utilization, meats line
Hamburger patty oven optimization
Encapsulation and testing of oil well drilling aids
Chicken cooking optimization
Beef and pork extract process design and operation

Research Interests:
Food process optimization
Waste reduction and recovery
Alternative energy from food byproducts
Thin film drying
Size reduction and separation of biological materials
Design and testing of process equipment

Application Interests:
International food processing development
Low-cost processing alternatives and equipment for start-up companies
Novel process, product and equipment development
Meat processing systems
Pet and animal food production and evaluation
Facility design and layout
Clean In Place (CIP) systems
Continuous process improvement techniques (six sigma)
Materials handling
Sanitation practices
Oven temperature profiling


Food Process Facility Design for the following products and processes: Aseptic pudding, beef slaughter, fish processing, caviar processing, baby food, cookies, bread, frozen pizza dough, frozen pizza, sausage patties, beef patties, jams and jellies, incubator kitchens, biodiesel processing, donuts, pecan butter, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, soup stock, cut meats, frozen dinners, mushroom processing, oil seed extraction and processing, fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables, snack foods, jerky, and moreClean In Place (CIP) system design and training for companies processing the following: frozen biscuits, frozen pizza dough, pies, beef, chicken, and fruit juice.Dehydration system design, optimization, and training for the following products: meats, fruits, vegetables, spices, snack foods, pet foods, byproducts.

Interests & Expertise
 Equipment design and application
 Food process design and development
 Facility design
 Waste reduction and utilization
 Continuous improvement
 Clean-In-Place (CIP)

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Norman, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - Edmond, Oklahoma - Wichita, Kansas

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1994 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Food Process Engineering Institution: The University of Tennessee
Year: 1986 Degree: M.S. Subject: Food Process Engineering Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Year: 1984 Degree: B.S. Subject: Food Process Engineering Institution: The Pennsylvania State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Responsibilities:  Faculty in Oklahoma’s Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), a state-of-the-art facility built to help add value and competitiveness to Oklahoma’s food and agricultural products.
 The principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and development projects with total funding of $4.6 million.
 Management and expansion of food process engineering extension programs in facility design and process optimization.
 Overall program impact of 984 new jobs created, 86 new facility designs or expansions, and over 200 process optimization projects with 186 unique companies.
 Conceptualization and startup of food process engineering extension programs in facility design and process optimization.
 Formulation and process development of new products including RTE, shelf-stable, semi-moist pet foods.
Years: 2004 to 2012 Employer: Oklahoma State University Title: Associate Professor Department: Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Responsibilities: • Principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research and development projects with a total funding of $4.6 million.
• Management and expansion of food process engineering extension programs in facility design and process optimization.
• Overall program impact of 984 new jobs created, 86 new facility designs or expansions, and over 200 process optimization projects with 186 unique companies.
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Co-Founder and Co-Owner Department: Responsibilities: • Development of humane pet product testing techniques based on the Citizen Scientist™ program.
• Consulting and technical support for pet product manufacturers.
• Testing of pet and animal foods for digestibility.
Years: 1997 to 2004 Employer: Oklahoma State University Title: Associate Professor Department: Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Responsibilities: • Faculty in Oklahoma’s Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), a state-of-the-art facility built to help add value and competitiveness to Oklahoma’s food and agricultural products.
• Purchase and installation of over $0.55 million in food processing pilot plant equipment for the FAPC.
• Conceptualization and start-up of food process engineering extension programs in facility design and process optimization.
• Formulation and process development of new products including RTE, shelf-stable, semi-moist pet foods.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Lockwood Greene Engineers Title: Consulting Engineer Department: Responsibilities: • Conceptual design and specification of a $65 million aseptic pudding plant (Food Engineering’s 1999 Plant of the Year).
• Process design and specification of high-speed, hot-fill equipment for orange-juice processing at 150 gpm.
• Conceptual process planning and design of a multi-part IV bag for a pharmaceutical mfg.
• Conceptual process planning, room layout, equipment specification and utility calculations for a new pharmaceutical facility utilizing blow-fill-seal equipment.
• Conceptual process planning, design and equipment specification for a shower-gel process.
• Equipment specification for a dentifrice line.
• Conceptual, pilot plant and plant trial studies for a new, microwave popcorn product.
Years: 1991 to 1994 Employer: The University of Tennessee Title: Graduate Research Assistant Department: Agriculture and Engineering Responsibilities: • Recipient of a National Needs Fellowship in food engineering.
• Invention, development and testing of a unique thin-film drying process.
• Developed a numerical model for thin-film drying.
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: Gerber Products Company Title: Project Engineer Department: Manufacturing, Fort Smith, AR Responsibilities: • Responsible for $5 million of capital projects at America's largest baby-food plant.
• Specified, designed and helped to install major components of a $2 million, high-speed juice-filling line.
• Designed and installed a hot-water recovery system for retorts. Annual energy savings of $300,000 and increased steam availability.
• Designed, fabricated and installed unique puree inspection equipment, resulting in over $1.2 million in annual savings.
• Member of Gerber's "Glass Break Team." Developed and implemented methods to reduce glass breakage in filling operations. Reduced breakage by over 50%.
• Member of Gerber's "Waste Reduction Team." Studied and developed methods to reduce processing wastes. Recovered over $300,000 in six months.
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: Gerber Products Company Title: Project Engineer Department: Research, Fremont, MI Responsibilities: • Responsible for research and development projects carried out at Gerber's headquarters, food processing plants and co-packing facilities.
• Developed, specified, purchased and installed process equipment for a Gerber adult food line. Equipment was installed at a co-packer's plant. The project was installed under budget, on time and at capacity.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2011 to 2011 Country / Region: Tajikistan Summary: Assist small-scale fruit and vegetable processor with new product development, sanitation, process optimization and packaging improvements.
Years: 2010 to 2010 Country / Region: Mongolia Summary: Taught food processing classes at the Mongolia International University during the summer sessions of 2009 and 2010. Worked to establish agricultural programs and obtain grant funding.
Years: 2009 to 2009 Country / Region: India Summary: Invited visit to the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) in Tamil Nadu to make two presentations at the inauguration of their new value-added food processing center.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: Ukraine Summary: Two short-term (five weeks total) invited visits to eastern Ukraine. Worked with local farmers and assisted with youth training development. Developed and submitted proposals for value-added agricultural processing and youth education.
Years: 2006 to 2006 Country / Region: Croatia Summary: Two short-term (three weeks each) invited visits in 2006 and 2005. Worked with local farmers in southern Croatia and Bosnia. Taught classes and workshops on cheese production, value-added processing, milk quality, fish processing, facility design, sanitation, HACCP, and process optimization.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc.;
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE);
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT);
Gamma Sigma Delta, Ag Honor Society, Oklahoma State University, Treasurer;
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, Alpha chapter, University of Tennessee;
Editorial Advisory Board of The Open Food Science Journal, Bentham Science Publishers, Oak Park, Illinois
Licenses / Certifications
Licenses:
Oklahoma Registered Professional Engineer

Certifications:
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food, December 2016
HACCP Instructor, July 2014
Professional Appointments
Committee on Sanitary Standards, 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc.
Oklahoma State University Faculty Council Budget Committee
Advisory Committee Member
Member of ASABE FPE-707 Committee
Oklahoma section of the ASABE: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Local Arrangements
Faculty Advisor, Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX) student fraternity
Faculty Advisor, ASABE Student Branch
Faculty Advisor, Food Science Club
Secretary for Gamma Sigma Delta
Awards / Recognition
First place award in a global white paper contest for “Major Process Improvement Opportunities in the Food Industry” sponsored by Nine Sigma. Received a $10,000 prize.
Food Engineering’s Plant of the Year Award for an aseptic pudding plant that he helped to design and specify.;
USDA National Needs Fellowship recipient (Ph.D. program);
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society;
Gamma Sigma Delta, Ag Honor Society;
Technical on-call member, Gerber crisis preparedness team
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written 15 peer-reviewed articles, has one US patent and one pending, has written 6 book chapters and dozens of articles, workbook, fact sheets, manuals and informational articles.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Two disputes between Design/Build firms and owners of food processing facility. Represented owner in both cases and helped to document design/build activities, construction costs and installation outcomes. Both cases were resolved during the deposition process.

Two personal-injury disputes between individuals and companies that operate food processing equipment. One case was solved during the deposition process and the other is ongoing.

Provided advice and interpretation of food equipment patents for a legal firm assisting a company in a patent dispute.
Training / Seminars
Expert has been invited to give 14 lectures; has given 30 professional lectures; and led 17 and presented at 30 professional workshops.

Origniator and leader of the following workshops:
Clean In Place (CIP) for food processors; Continuous gas oven operation and optimization; Continuous freezer operation and optimization; Cheesemaking; Lean 1010 for food processors; Winery Sanitation.

Co-originator and co-lecturer for the following workshops: Continuous improvement techniques for food processors; Quality 101: Basic quality concepts for food processors.
Vendor Selection
Expert has developed, submitted and reviewed hundreds of bid packages for food processing equipment and systems ranging from mixers to palletizers.
Marketing Experience
Expert has worked in the food industry as a project engineer, R&D engineer, consultant, troubleshooter, teacher, mentor, inspector, manager, and worker. His experience with food products includes, meats, fruits, vegetables, snack foods, feeds, dairy, beverage, baby food, and others.

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