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Expert in Refractory Engineer

Expert ID: 735958 Texas, USA

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Expert is the Founding Director of his company. His family owned a refractory installation company, Quad City Refractories (Coal Valley, IL), and employed him as a mason's apprentice when he was sixteen years old. He worked with QCR as a bricklayer and attended the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering, specializing in Refractory materials. Expert has been employed by other refractory installation groups and joined Saint-Gobain Ceramics (Worcester, MA) in 1998 as a Senior Application Engineer for the Energy Systems / Gasification team. He provided technical expertise and refractory designs, while supporting global material sales for the company. In 2007, Expert joined General Electric's gasification team (Houston, TX), where he became the Senior Engineering Manager for hardware components (including refractories, feed injectors, pressure vessels, syngas coolers and quench systems) and new products in support of the former Texaco-developed gasification process. He served as the interim General Manager of Engineering for the global business and left GE in 2016. Expert has worked with a variety of syngas technologies, most recently employed as Synthesis Energy Systems' Vice President of Engineering for their fluidized bed gasification technology. He has worked in the refractories field since 1990, and in syngas-related technologies since 1997. He has engineered refractory designs for dozens of syngas units, performed nearly one hundred unit inspections, and is the lead inventor on several patents. With over twenty years of expertise, he is proud to offer refractory engineering services to the industry through his company.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, TX

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1997 Degree: BS Subject: Ceramic Engineering Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Refractory Engineer Department: Refractory Consulting Responsibilities:  Manage consulting business, including all operating budgets, insurance and risk requirements, quality and safety programs, and marketing – growing revenues to over 400K USD in first year of operations
 Global consulting regarding advanced refractory designs and process engineering support for POX / Gasification, and other petrochemical applications
Years: 2016 to 2019 Employer: Synthesis Energy Systems Title: Vice President of Engineering Department: Engineering Responsibilities:  Responsible for all engineering and project activities, including budgeting, technical support of five operating plants and the development of supporting vendors, for the NASDAQ public company
 Business Development for European markets looking to utilize SES' Gasification Technology using waste coal and other renewables
 Coordinated information sharing and metric tracking platforms and other SES Policy improvements
Years: 2007 to 2016 Employer: General Electric Title: General Manager of Engineering Department: Engineering Responsibilities:  Manager of global NPI / Components Engineering group, responsible for refractory designs, feed injectors and other gasification equipment with oversight to 20MM USD annual budget
 Lead Engineering Manager for the Duke Edwardsport IGCC Project, successfully commissioned in 2014 with a project value of 2.3B USD
 Technical Leader and Senior Engineer for refractory systems, responsible for approval of design reviews and specifications, lining inspections and materials testing
 Innovations including over one dozen patent filings and trade secret disclosures. Five-year member of GE’s Patent Review Board and steward of Gasification’s intellectual property development and control
 Corporate Engineering Award for development and commercialization of GE’s Advanced Chromia Refractory, doubling refractory life for solid feedstock gasification
 Served as acting-General Manager for Gasification’s Engineering group (US, India & China) during leadership transition in early 2015
Years: 1997 to 2016 Employer: Saint-Gobain Ceramics Title: Applicaton Manager Department: Refractories Responsibilities:  Sales responsibility for the North American gasification market, growing the refractories business over 5M USD in a 3-4 year period
 Coordinated engineering projects for the Energy Systems refractories team and other marketing, manufacturing and R&D groups across S-G
 On-site subject matter expert and refractory inspector for petrochemical customers, providing installation support and root cause investigations
 Developed ISO standards and practices, lean manufacturing studies
Years: 1996 to 1997 Employer: Zampell Refractories Title: Construction Supervisor Department: Refractory Installation Responsibilities:  Managed crews of up to 30 employees during installation activities, including project coordination, cost and progress tracking, safety orientations and policy enforcement
 Estimated, designed and supervised various construction projects for the power, chemical, waste, paper and other industries
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: Quad City Refractories Title: Refractory Bricklayer Department: Refractory Installation Responsibilities:  Masonry and labor activities for family business, while completing post-secondary education
 Gained familiarity with competitive refractory products, industry practices and techniques

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