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Expert in Sugar Cane Processing

Expert ID: 733600 Kenya

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Expert has worked in the sugar cane processing industry for over 35 years. During this time he has worked in both research and factory operations. He is now a consultant.

Positions he has held include Senior Research Engineer, Production Manager, and Director of Sugar Research Institute. He has expertise in:
• Production of raw sugar from sugar cane
• Sizing of process plant
• Expert witness
• Factory efficiency (recovery of sugar)
• Cane testing systems
• Sugar quality
• Near infrared analysis of cane
• Fuel and steam usage
• Factory water balance – minimising effluent
• Heat transfer processes in juice heaters and evaporators
• Production of furfural from bagasse
• Computer modelling

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: MSc Chemical Engineering Subject: Mathematical Modelling of an Estuary Institution: Exeter University, Devon, England
Year: 1975 Degree: BSc (Hons 2.1) Chemical Engineering Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Exeter University, Devon, England

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Expert provides training and consulting services to East African companies using experts from the sugar industry in Queensland, Australia. His firm offers products and services from a range of companies.
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Expert provides consulting services as a chemical engineer in sugar cane processing, process control, process safety, energy reduction, process simulation and as an Expert Witness.
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: Sugar Research Australia Title: Funding Panel Member Department: Board Committee Responsibilities: Expert recommended to the Board which projects were to receive funding based on the merit of the project application and the research priorities.
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Sucrogen Cane Products Title: Production Manager Department: Production Responsibilities: Expert processed cane and recovered sugar in an efficient manner and met budget targets for throughput, sugar quality, safety and costs. He also oversaw the cane testing program. The whole factory, including boilers and laboratory was under Expert's control.
Years: 2003 to 2012 Employer: Sugar Research Limited Title: Director Department: Board of Directors Responsibilities: He provided guidance to the company in the best interests of the owners. As the Director with technical expertise, he kept up to date with research in the areas of harvesting, transport and processing of sugar cane -- including diversification opportunities.
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: Proserpine Co-operative Sugar Milling Association Title: Business Development Manager Department: Executive Responsibilities: Expert engaged with external clients on matters regarding the furfural plant. As the plant was a Major Hazard Facility the legal requirements to ensure safe operation were extensive.
Other responsibilities included the marketing and transport of furfural. During this time, Expert also consulted to a furfural plant in India.
Years: 2003 to 2008 Employer: Proserpine Co-operative Sugar Milling Association Title: Furfural Manager Department: Production Responsibilities: He was responsible for taking a project from laboratory tests to a full-scale plant. Activities included pilot plant work, scoping study, computer model of reactions, grant applications, risk analysis, project costing, detailed process design, and advising contractors.
Years: 1989 to 2008 Employer: Proserpine Co-operative Sugar Milling Association Title: Production Superintendant Department: Production Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for processing cane juice and recovering sugar in an efficient manner and for meeting budget targets for throughput, sugar quality, safety and costs. He also oversaw the cane testing program and designed and implemented increases in capacity and efficiency of the plant and processes.
Years: 1982 to 1989 Employer: Sugar Research Limited Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Chemical Engineering Responsibilities: Expert provided research and consultancy services to the Australian sugar industry. Areas in which he was involved included computer modelling, gasification of bagasse, steam efficiency, evaporation, juice heating sugar drying, process control, expert systems, and the development of moisture meters for bagasse and sugar.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2008 to 2010 Country / Region: India / Gujarat Summary: Ten weeks providing assistance design and commission a furfural plant.
Years: 2008 to 2010 Country / Region: Kenya Summary: Startup company to provide consulting services.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
1985 - present, Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT)
2012 - present, International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT)
2013 - 2015 Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland -Chemical (RPEQ)
2013 - 2016 Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written and presented 11 papers at ASSCT conferences and one paper to an ISSCT workshop.

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