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Expert in Management and Technology for Aluminum, Magnesium, Chemicals and Environmental

Expert ID: 723265 South Carolina, USA

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Directed the evaluation and selection of technology recommended for aluminum smelter expansions and new green site facilities. Directed equipment and technology retrofit in an operating plant to increase metal production by 10%. Directed the replacement of an existing plant-wide process control system with advanced distributed control hardware and control software. Developed process models to optimize the design and minimize the cost for the retrofit of plant environmental and production facilities.

Traveled extensively to produce technology validation studies, capital project proposals and capital minimization plant design studies for domestic and international manufacturing projects.

Managed and planned aluminum and metal casting technology development programs which enabled reductions in energy consumption, waste material generation and production costs for the U.S. aluminum industry. Facilitated the development of an Aluminum Vision and Technology road map to guide government/industry collaborative programs to ensure a viable aluminum industry in the 21st century. Established an extensive professional network in the aluminum, metal casting and aerospace industries, national laboratories, universities and federal agencies.

Manager for the Martin Marietta Aluminum R&D department (10 to 30 cross-discipline members). Developed a new cathode material for use in aluminum smelters to reduce costs and increase profitability. Negotiated a multi-million dollar contract with U.S. Department of Energy to create a major demonstration project. The novel cell development provided the aluminum industry with savings of 20-30% in energy costs with adoption of the cell. Technology was sold to an Australian company for $16 million. Built a drained cell research and development program in Australia, and directed research activities and plant demonstration programs. Resulted in the Australian Corporation's 1993 book value for the technology, including in-house plant use and licensing fees, at $2-3 billion per year.

PhD in analytical and electrochemical chemistry with emphasis on aqueous and high temperature systems. Taught and developed University level analytical and physical chemistry labatory for 4 years. Developed new methodologies and chemical instrumentation to automate printed circuit plating processes. Built a prototype system to demonstrate and transition the new flexible printed circuit plating process to plant production. Reduced costs from product loss, bath waste treatment and proprietary bath chemicals from 50-80%

Established fundamental database for Aluminum Chloride technology used by Alcoa at Palestine, Texas.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Asheville, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Augusta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Columbia, South Carolina - Greenville, South Carolina - Johnson City, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: PhD. Subject: Electrochemical Institution: Univ of Saskatchewan Regina
Year: 1967 Degree: BA Honours Chemistry Subject: Analytical Chemistry Institution: Univ of Saskatchewan Regina
Year: 1963 Degree: Univ of Saskatchewan -Saskatoon Subject: Chemistry Institution:
Year: 1972 Degree: Post-Doctorate Subject: Fuel Cell Research Institution: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Aluminum Technology Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He is responsable for technology assessment and engineering for a Capital Projects Alliance for a major Aluminum smelting company. He has successfully developed and managed multi million dollar capital upgrade projects and participated in proposals for domestic and foreign billion dollar metals projects.
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WASHINGTON, DC Title: undisclosed Department: Office of Industrial Technology Responsibilities: He managed and planned aluminum and metal casting technology development programs which enabled reductions in energy consumption, waste material generation and production costs for the U.S. aluminum industry. Facilitated the development of an Aluminum Vision and Technology road map to guide government/industry collaborative programs to ensure a viable aluminum industry in the 21st century.
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner and Consultant Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He formed and operated an advanced technology consulting company, which provided technical consulting and developed process models for the aluminum industry and U.S. military.
Years: 1975 to 1992 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Manager of R&D Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He was was the Manager for the Martin Marietta Aluminum R&D department (10 to 30 cross-discipline members). Developed a new cathode material for use in aluminum smelters to reduce costs and increase profitability. Negotiated a multi-million dollar contract with U.S. Department of Energy to create a major demonstration project. The novel cell development provided the aluminum industry with savings of 20-30% in energy costs with adoption of the cell. Technology was sold to an Australian company for $16 million.
Years: 1972 to 1975 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Member Research Staff Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: He developed new methodologies and chemical instrumentation to automate printed circuit plating processes. Built a prototype system to demonstrate and transition the new flexible printed circuit plating process to plant production. Reduced costs from product loss, bath waste treatment and proprietary bath chemicals from 50-80%.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1994 to 1996 Agency: DOE Role: National Program Manager, Industrial Technologies Description: He managed and planned aluminum and metal casting technology development programs which enabled reductions in energy consumption, waste material generation and production costs for the U.S. aluminum industry. Facilitated the development of an Aluminum Vision and Technology road map to guide government/industry collaborative programs to ensure a viable aluminum industry in the 21st century.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to 1990 Country / Region: Australia Summary: He was responsable for the transfer and full scale testing of a new aluminum smelting technology that he developed.
Years: 2002 to 2003 Country / Region: Italy Summary: He was the Alliance site manager for capital projects in an Italian Aluminum smelter. He set up the Alliance office and procedures, and developed and executed capital upgrade projects at the plant. This position was then transfered to a longer term site manager to continue the work.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Aluminum Committee - Light Metals Division of Transactions of the Metallurgical Society (TMS)
Awards / Recognition
Received 3 National Scholarship Awards and 7 Outstanding Achievement Awards
Publications and Patents Summary
Published and presented 25 technical articles
Inventor of 13 patents

Fields of Expertise

aluminum, aluminum electrolysis, aluminum extraction, aluminum production, aluminum recycling, aluminum reduction, aluminum reduction cell, aluminum smelter, aluminum smelting, copper smelting, electrochemical cell, electrochemical process, electrochemical processing, electrochemical system, electrolytic cell, electrolytic separation, electrowinning, Faraday's law of electrolysis, industry, manufacturing automation, process modeling, research and development management, research management, smelting, aluminum fastening, analysis technique, analytical chemistry, analytical chemistry instrument, chemical analysis, chemical analysis instrumentation design, chemical instrument, chemical research and development, chemistry, electrochemical analysis, electrochemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, electrodeposition, electrolysis, electrolyte, electrolytic analysis, electrolytic solution, electromotive force, galvanic cell, gravimetric analysis, instrumental analysis, metal chemical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, wet chemical analysis, industrial control, advanced process control, industrial accident reconstruction, chemical process design, chemical industry, chemical compatibility, chemical interaction, industrial chemistry, chemical analyzer, analytical robotics, lead time, iron analysis, chemical surface analysis, Bayer process, process simulation, engineering change order, aluminum dross, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, electrochemical equivalent mass, computational method, industrial automation, inventory control system, computation, graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy, chemical process control instrumentation, electrode overvoltage, heat of reaction, chemical process equipment selection, counterelectromotive force, electrochemical series, electrolytic gas, composite plating process, electrochemical process material, absorptiometric analysis, industrial design, design for cost, laboratory process development, electrochemical waste treatment, chemical process development, potentiometric titration, manufacturing cell design, acceptance sampling, engineering economics, integrated product development, manufacturing resource planning, process development, chemical plant troubleshooting, chemical process economics, manufacturing technology, hazardous chemical analysis, fixed cost, advanced material processing, chemical process modeling, chemical engineering mathematical modeling, chemical reactivity, industrial accident, thermochemical property, chemical testing laboratory, material requirements planning, materials management, process design, chemical analysis separation, computer graphics process, operations research, fault tree analysis, chemical reaction, anode, cost control, operations, fault tree, electrochemical sensor, process modification, pollution producing process modification, process inventing, computer graphics, hydroelectric energy, chemical process, process technology, process validation, industrial engineering, voltametry, value engineering, chemical reduction, on-line process analysis, process optimization, potentiometric analysis, polarography, operations management, maintenance management, magnesium chloride, industrial chemical, future studies, electrochemical engineering, electrochemical corrosion, electric cell, cost engineering, computational mathematics, chemical autoanalysis, aluminum oxide, aluminum fluoride, aluminum chloride

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