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Expert in Membrane Desalination (RO/NF) & Filtration (UF/MF), Process Design, Operation, Performance Optimization, Fouling, Trouble-Shooting, Digital Transformation by SMART SilentAlarm Monitoring & Analytics

Expert ID: 734877 Arizona, USA

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Expert is a recognized US-based international water desalination and membrane technology & engineering consulting and training expert, with 37+ years of hands-on plant experience, technical expertise and industrial innovation, providing expert consulting, training on practical/plant experience in membrane technologies, processes and plants (Membrane desalination: Reverse Osmosis - RO; Membrane Filtration: Ultrafiltration - UF).

Areas of extensive expertise include pre-treatment and membrane systems evaluation (operational, energy, performance and cost efficiency), design, operational and performance monitoring, evaluation, optimization, troubleshooting, upgrades, process and product pilot testing.

Expert provides customized medium level to advanced specialized membrane-based water desalination/ filtration and membrane technology applications training courses and workshops, either in classroom setting, plant sites and customized seminars and workshops for organization's personnel.

He innovated, developed and markets the world's only real-time SilentAlarm SMART technology and software systems capable of detecting, measuring and monitoring early development of membrane fouling and scaling as well as optimizing RO/UF plants operational efficiency, performance and cost. The technology is critical part of water utility digital transformation as it provides remote, real-time and dynamic monitoring and analytics for optimizing plant operational and performance efficiency and costs..

Evaluation/assessment, monitoring, auditing, troubleshooting, on-site membrane diagnostic autopsy and optimization of the operational efficiency, performance and cost-effectiveness of membrane-based water desalination and filtration plants such a reverse osmosis (RO), ultrafitlration (UF) and others. Examples of recent consulting projects:

1. A long-term consulting with a company which developed and patented an innovative new low-energy desalination device, providing technical and business support on testing and bringing the new device to seawater desalination market worldwide, especially in the Middle East.

2. A consulting assignment to assist a California real estate developer in designing an energy and cost-effective RO plant, and providing technical support to help permit the new project with 18 local, state and federal regulatory agencies.

3. A long-term assignment to provide technology support to a major international consulting conglomerate conducting a high-level feasibility study for its governmental client who requires assistance in developing a 500 billion dollar project including state-of-the-art and innovative environmentally-friendly desalination technologies for proving both temporary as well as permanent potable and agricultural water supplies over the next five years.

Available for panels, in depth interviews, and surveys only.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tucson, Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona - Carlsbad, California - San Diego, California - Monterey, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: M. Sc. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 1977 Degree: B. Sc. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 1975 Degree: B. Sc. Subject: Chemistry Institution: American University in Cairo, Egypt

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President, Principal Consultant & Trainer Department: Responsibilities: President & Principal Consultant, Trainer and Developer, has 37 years of hands-on industrial experience, mainly gained from direct and effective involvement in various aspects of project management, designing, starting-up, trouble-shooting and optimizing the operation and performance of tens of brackish and seawater water desalination reverse osmosis (RO) membrane plants around the world. These plants include some of the largest and most strategic RO plants in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Kuwait, Malta, and the United States. Eng. Expert is heavily experienced, and currently involved in monitoring, identifying and implementing effective control methods for biological and other fouling development, as well as optimizing the operation and performance of these plants, some of which are or will be the largest in the world. He has developed a unique technology and software systems, licensed, that measures and monitors the early fouling development in water desalination and purification membrane systems in real-time and calculates an on-line Fouling Monitor, that serves as a unique, and reliable early-warning fouling indicator.
Years: 1983 to 1990 Employer: E.I. DUPONT CO. Title: Sr. Technical Specialist Department: Desalination Responsibilities: Responsible for business development, design, monitoring and evaluation of all major RO desalination plants in the Middle East.
Years: 2008 to 2013 Employer: ACWA Power International Title: Sr. Manager, Desalination Technologies & Training Department: Responsibilities: Established the first technical training institute for Saudi high school graduates to qualify and certify them for desalination and power plants operation and maintenance positions.

Responsible for monitoring and troubleshooting the company's 7 seawater RO plants in the region.

Seconded to BOWAREGE Project company to restore the floating plants performance and commercial viability and operational efficiency from 20% to 95% in 2 years.

Seconded to ACWA Power Barka in Oman to oversee the engineering, construction and commissioning activities of a new SWRO/UF plant project, achieved in record time of under 18 months.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1983 to 1990 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malta Summary: As Sr. Technical Specialist - DuPont Membrane Industry
Years: 2008 to 2013 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: As Sr. Manager, Desalination Technologies & Training - ACWA Power
Years: 2010 to 2012 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: As Operations Manager, BOWAREG Mobile Desalination
Years: 2012 to 2013 Country / Region: Oman Summary: As Engineering Director & Commissioning Manager, ACWA Power Barka

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
International Desalination Association (IDA) - since 1983
European Desalination Society (EDS) - since 2002
Arab Science & Technology Foundation (ASTF), United Arab Emirates - since 2003
Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), Sultanate of Oman - since 2004
Water Desalination & Reuse Center, King Abdullah Univ. of Science & Technology (KAUST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - since 2009
Membrane Research Department, MASDAR Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE - since 2014
American Water Works Association (AWWA) - since 2016
Water & Energy Sustainability Center (WEST) – University of Arizona, USA - since 2018
Professional Appointments
Member, IDA's Mentoring Program, USA.
Member, University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies Panel on Science and Diplomacy, USA.

Awards / Recognition
Based on Expert's work to turn around the operational efficiency and commercial viability and profitability of the Barges Mobile Desalination Plants, the company was awarded the Innovative Company of the Year by the Saudi Water & Power Forum.
Publications and Patents Summary
Authored and presented over 20 international professional publications at various key water desalination conferences and associations worldwide.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
1. Provided expert investigation and reporting on a membrane desalination plant design flaws in Saudi Arabia for the membrane technology provider, DuPont de Nemours, which was sued by the plant's contractor for production deficiency. Expert's report and findings were used to settle the case without any legal obligations for DuPont and accordingly, the case never went to court.

2. Provided deposition and technical testimony for Space Biosphere Ventures engineering practices at Biosphere 2's environmental project by former management members to the legal representatives of the owner who took legal action to oust the former management.

3. Provided technical support and testimony to the legal representatives of ACWA Power International on design and operational specifics of one of the largest membrane desalination plants in the world. The company has been sued by the major EPC contractor as a result of a dispute on the design of a critical element in the plant. Results of the litigation are unknown as expert left the company prior to finalizing the case in court.

4. Provided lead technical and business support to BOWAREGE, an ACWA Power International project company, by drafting legal response and technical arguments against claims by one of its membrane suppliers, GE Process Water. Case was amicably settled out of court as a result.
Training / Seminars
Expert provides customized medium level to advanced specialized membrane-based water desalination/filtration and membrane technology applications training courses and workshops, either in classroom setting, plant sites and customized seminars and workshops for your organization's personnel. Intensive technical training courses and workshops were held around the world since 2002 with the International Desalination Association, European Desalination Society, Middle East Desalination Research Center, the Saudi Water & Power Forum and other professional organizations and international conferences on water desalination. Custom courses were developed and delivered for various public and privatized water utilities, as well as private venues in the Middle East, such as MEW in Bahrain, SWCC, MEW, MARAFIQ, Aramco & ACWA Power in Saudi Arabia, DEWA, ADWEA, SEWA & FEWA in the UAE. Recent course CDs and Webinars are available.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Near-native proficiency and fluency
Arabic Native proficiency and fluency

Fields of Expertise

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