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Expert in Process Engineering, Project Engineering, Project Management

Expert ID: 735083 Minnesota, USA

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Technical professional with process/product/project engineering and project management experience. Extensive experience integrating process design engineering with process engineering and R&D/product development to ensure success at both internal and contract manufacturing locations. Experienced with small to large-scale start-ups of processes and products, meeting or beating project schedules and budgets. Successful in delivering positive results as both a cross-functional team member and leader at all stages along the project management and product/process development continuum from feasibility screening through commercialization, installation through start-up and commissioning.

Currently enrolled: Masters of Engineering, Sustainable Engineering Systems Program

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

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Wisconsin- Madison
Year: 2019 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Sustainable Systems Engineering Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to 2016 Employer: Land O' Lakes Title: Senior Process Engineer Department: R&D Responsibilities: Overseeing process/products in the “Superspreads” group.
Modifying process flow to enhance efficiencies and yields in the plants.
Provided troubleshooting support for the plant to help reduce system run issues.
Enhancing controls in current process to better calibrate/measure product quality.
Investigating instrumentation, both on line and off line, that may be employed in current process flow, for control of process and products.
Understanding inputs such as mixer speeds to outputs such as product stability.
Established alarming (control system) on critical process parameters, to bring attention to system control, reducing product variability.
Working to establish criteria to better understand emulsion characteristics, providing guidance in producing products that are more stable both in process and on the shelf.
Recommended new PD pumps for process after past PD pump supplier was no longer able to provide equipment.
Researched, tested and recommended particle analyzer, to be used in emulsion testing (wet), and particle measurements (dry).
Lead R&D engineering effort in the successful startup of new lines (2) and products run on these lines for butter and butter spread products.
Supporting group (product developers) in process engineering function for new product development and current product manufacturing.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Employer: Buhler, Inc Title: Quotation Officer / Engineer Department: Supply Chain Responsibilities: Responsible for process flow development and pricing of equipment and engineering services during project initiation stage for Milling, Specialty Milling, Feed, Extrusion, and Oil extraction business units.
Years: 2005 to 2012 Employer: General Mills Title: Principal Engineer / Technology Manager Department: Process Systems Development Responsibilities: Led successful Process Design effort on the commercialization of a vegetable texture improvement process for retorted entrees and frozen vegetables. Succeeded in producing a “firmer” vegetable product/ingredient. Bench, to Pilot Plant to Production.
Led successful Process Design effort in the transition of an existing baking mix to zero trans fat formulation, resulting in cost avoidance of $2MM capital investment. Bench to Pilot Plant to Production.
Led successful Process Design effort, and Process Engineering effort for integration of fruit snacks at a contract facility. Resulted in additional product capacity of 10MM LBS, and $500M initial cost savings (50% toll reduction). Also improved contract facilities existing material feed proportioning and mixing operations.
Lead Process Design Engineer on a “fruit bar” project which resulted in a more reliable and accurate feeding of dried fruit materials. Process to be the new standard of dried fruit systems. Improved reliability reduced variability and increased up time.
Lead Process Engineer / Project Engineer in the investigation, testing and installation of Optical Sorting Equipment on Vegetable Blanching / IQF processing lines. Product quality improvements, increased throughputs, and reduced labor costs were all realized, along with significant reductions in system waste.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: General Mills Title: Principal Engineer / Technology Manager Department: R&D Cereal Division Responsibilities: Extrusion System Platform Lead.
Ensured system readiness for on-site startups during integration of Whole Grain formulation onto Twin Screw Extruder platform for cereal products.
Completed product migration from existing cooking platforms – to Twin Screw Extruder platform, in support of operations needs. Migration allowed reduction in necessary capital investments of $12MM. Integral part of the extrusion platform strategic planning team.
Planned and implemented international production start up of “Domestic” cereal, on CPW - Mexico, Twin Screw Extruder system in support of Twin Screw cereal capacity needs, eliminating the need for immediate $5MM “Domestic” Twin Screw Extrusion system capital investment.
Key R&D team member in the support of supply chain initiatives for cereal products (new and existing), as it pertained to the Extrusion System Platform.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: General Mills Title: Senior Engineer Department: R&D Cereal Division Responsibilities: Twin Screw Rate Improvement Initiative Lead in Process Design – Engineering/R&D effort in doubling rates (2X) to Twin Screw Extrusion system products. Doubling of rates allowed for a $10MM reduction of planned capital equipment investments.
Modified Process Flow for existing products during the Pillsbury integration, allowing for a reallocation of $4MM in integration capital spending.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: General Mills Title: Senior Engineer Department: R&D Cereal Division Responsibilities: Worked primarily on fruit snack platform products.
Initiated process fluid rate control and temperature control improvements in cooking unit operation, improving product quality, and eliminating need of additional systems, through increased asset utilization.
Introduction of multi-color product – new product introduction.
Improved cooling unit operation on existing product lines, increasing up-time of downstream unit operations, resulting in increased packaging rates.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Chemical Engineers
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Professional Project Management (CPPM)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert holds two US patents.
Multiple Invention Records submitted to General Mills IP.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
• Attended Oils Seminar at Texas A&M
• Attended Butter Course, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison
• Completed 6-Sigma Course online – Green Belt.
• Certified Project Management Professional / December 2012.
• Project Management Skills for New Product Development / May 2011
• HACCP & Food Safety Training.
• Design of Experiments (Internal GMI and Stat-Ease).
• Statistical Process Control (SPC), and Taguchi Methods.
• Workflow Management Concepts and Techniques.
• Evaporation and Evaporators.
• Reliable and Economical Pneumatic Conveying Systems.
• Designing Problem-Free Bins and Hoppers.
• Heat Transfer and Psychometrics of Air Drying.
Other Relevant Experience
Additional Professional Experience

General Mills, Minneapolis, MN
Senior Process Engineer (L4)– Capital Projects, domestic / international locations
Process Engineer (L3) – Capital Projects
Process Engineer (L2) – Systems Improvement Group

Unisys Corporation (formally Sperry Corporation), Minneapolis, MN
Semiconductor Operations – Process Engineer – Diffusion Unit Operations

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