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Expert in Membrane Separation Processes, Water Purification, Waste Water Treatment, Processing, Evaluation

Expert ID: 712443 Minnesota, USA

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Expert feels that these techniques have an outstanding future in water purification, wastewater treatment, and food and chemical processing applications. Since 1974, his avocation has been to apply these technologies in industries where their advantages of continuous operation and low energy utilization can be exploited. Expert provides complete testing and all of the design engineering activities required to identify the optimum treatment technology and total system design for a specific application. For processing and wastewater applications, he has the necessary test equipment available, as well as knowledge of all competitive and complimentary technologies.

Expert is active in the engineering evaluation and design of water disinfection technologies, with particular emphasis on ozonation, ultraviolet irradiation, and other advanced oxidation technologies. He has test equipment available for demonstration and evaluation purposes.

He has extensive on-site experience in running wastewater treatment pilot tests, troubleshooting processes and equipment, and in presenting in-depth technical training.

Expert has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota (1961) and is a registered Professional Engineer in that state.

He entered the water industry in 1974 as director of sales and marketing for a major manufacturer of membrane elements and systems. In 1980, Expert formed his consulting engineering business, Expert Consulting Co.

Expert specializes in both marketing and technical consulting in high technology separation processes for water purification, wastewater treatment, and food/chemical processing applications. With expertise encompassing virtually all treatment technologies, his clients include manufacturers desiring to produce complete treatment systems or components thereof. He provides total design, construction, installation, and operating services covering the entire spectrum of water purification, wastewater treatment, water recovery, reclamation and reuse, as well as environmentally conscious manufacturing. In addition, he offers market studies, comprehensive training, and educational programs in all areas of water treatment, including complete applications and pilot testing of wastewater streams, necessary for the design of total treatment systems.

Expert has provided consulting services to over 250 clients worldwide, and has extensive expert witness testimony experience.

He has authored more than 300 articles, written several book chapters, presented over 300 lectures in conferences around the world and has been awarded several patents related to water and wastewater treatment technologies.

He is a founding member of the Technical Review Committee for a prestigious magazine, is on the Editorial Advisory Committee of another prestigious magazine, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for a News team.

Expert is a recipient of both the Award of Merit and Lifetime Member Award from the Water Quality Association and, was the Technical Consultant to the Canadian Water Quality Association.

He was the McEllhiney Distinguished lecturer for the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation. In that role, he presented over 35 lectures on groundwater treatment technologies worldwide.

Expert is on the Board of Directors of the American Filtration and Separations Society and is a member of ASPE, NGWA, WQA and other related organizations.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota - Saint Paul, Minnesota - Rochester, Minnesota - Burnsville, Minnesota - Saint Cloud, Minnesota - Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Minnetonka, Minnesota - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1961 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Minnesota

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1980 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Self Employed Responsibilities: Expert is active in the engineering evaluation and design of water disinfection technologies, with particular emphasis on ozonation, ultraviolet irradiation, and other advanced oxidation technologies. He has test equipment available for demonstration and evaluation purposes.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1998 to 2001 Agency: EPA Role: ETV Field Testing Organization Description: Performed performance verification testing and report preparation under the requirements of the ETV Program.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1982 to Present Country / Region: The Netherlands Summary: He maintains an office near Amsterdam to better serve clients in most of the European countries. He has extensive overseas travel experience throughout the world.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
A member of the Water Quality Association and the International Ultraviolet Association.
Licenses / Certifications
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in MN, VT, and PA.
Professional Appointments
He is a member of the Technical Review Committee for Water Conditioning & Purification magazine, the Editorial Advisory Committee for Industrial Water World, the Editorial Advisory Board of Filtration News and is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering annual course, “Process Piping Systems Design and Operation.” He is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of Membrane Science. Technical Consultant for the Canadian Water Quality Association.
Awards / Recognition
He is a 200X recipient of the WQA Award of Merit.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is the author of numerous publications on fundamentals and applications of membrane technology. He holds three patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has participated as an expert witness in about 10 cases, most of which were settled out of court.

The manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems sued the manufacturer of metallic wedge wire and screen filters regarding poor performance of the filters in several applications. I was retained to investigate these causes and to generate an expert witness report. A hearing was held in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 12, 2017. The outcome is that Bollfilter prevailed in all issues, and received the entire amount of their counter suit.

An under sink reverse osmosis unit was installed in a home. One of the filter housings cracked and leaked water which damaged the house. The plaintiff claimed that the housing was poorly manufactured and cracked as a result. Upon inspection of the cracked housing, a grooved o-ring was identified, likely resulting from improper installation. Obviously, the groove caused leakage, which the installer assumed could be eliminated by tightening. This probably resulted in over tightening which cracked the housing. I prepared and submitted an Expert Report. This case was settled out of court.

A senior living facility experienced corrosion in the galvanized piping of their hot water distribution system. The defendants attributed the corrosion to the fact that the plaintiff installed a water softener. I provided a report attesting to the fact that softened water, in and of itself, is not corrosive. The case was settled out of court.

A Technician at a kidney dialysis facility in Lufkin, TX was indicted on charges of first degree murder. She was accused of injecting chlorine bleach into the bloodlines of patients undergoing treatment, resulting in two deaths. The water treatment system had had the permanent carbon tanks replaced with temporary ones, and I offered evidence that these were not effectively removing chlorine from the city water. In spite of this, she was convicted of first degree murder and is currently serving a life sentence.

A couple sued the City of Paducah, Kentucky Water Department for health effects from bacterially contaminated water. I had designed a disinfection system for the residence, and was deposed by opposing counsel.

More examples available upon request.
Training / Seminars
Expert has presented seminars and taught short courses relating to all aspects of water purification, waste treatment, food and chemical processing throughout the world.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating membrane element manufacturers, membrane system manufacturers, qualified testing laboratories, water purification equipment, waste treatment equipment, and membrane separation system components. He has access to printed materials, databases, and personal contacts.

Marketing Experience
He works with many companies which have a new water treatment technology and need an assessment regarding its applicability and potential in the market.
Other Relevant Experience
He specializes in both marketing and technical consulting in high technology treatment processes for water purification, wastewater treatment and food/chemical processing applications. Typical applications range from point-of-use/point-of-entry drinking water units to ultra high purity water systems, to effluent treatment applications. He provides complete design, construction, installation and operating services covering the entire spectrum of water purification, wastewater treatment and environmentally conscious manufacturing. In addition, he offers comprehensive training and educational programs in all areas of water treatment.

Fields of Expertise

microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, chemical industrial wastewater treatment, drinking water filtration, drinking water treatment, hollow fiber technology, industrial wastewater treatment, liquid flow through porous media, liquid-solid filtration, membrane filtration, membrane separation, osmotic membrane, osmotic pressure gradient, physical industrial wastewater treatment, plating wastewater treatment, point-of-use drinking water treatment, point-of-use filtration, process-engineering filtration, reverse osmosis industrial wastewater treatment, reverse osmosis water treatment, separation equipment, spiral wound filter, ultrafiltration membrane, wastewater, wastewater recycling, water desalination, water filtration equipment, water filtration system, water pretreatment, water purification, water treatment, water disinfection, water ultrafiltration, drinking water disinfection, drinking water purification, municipal wastewater disinfection, ozone water purification, ultraviolet oxidation water purification, ultra high purity, ion-selective membrane, water disinfectant, chloramination, microporous ceramic, protein concentration process, purified water, waterborne disease, water, continuous process, water microbial contamination, pulp-and-paper industry wastewater purification, trihalomethane, membrane process, water reuse, halogen stabilizer, biological virus, tertiary treatment, waste treatment, chemical precipitation process, filtration, pollution, energy-efficient food processing, chemical compound processing, drinking water chlorination, membrane, osmosis, dialysis, chloramine, drinking water, separation, liquid phase membrane, water filter, purification, halogen, water halogenation, chemical analysis extraction, electrodialysis, chlorine

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