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Introduce Yourself!

Daniel Di Pollina11-07-2018 19:39

  • 1.  Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-22-2016 13:04

    Hi everyone,

    Since this is such a big group, I thought we might take some time to introduce ourselves, so that our future posts have a bit more context. Feel free to share who you are, your field of chemical engineering, what you are working on currently, and anything about you that your fellow members might find interesting or surprising.

    I'm Monica, AIChE Membership Associate and the Engage Community Lead.  I have been with AIChE three years and work primarily with AIChE’s Young Professional members and our Local Sections.  I previously worked at the American Public Power Association in their Engineering and Operations Department.  I love working with engineers and look forward to continuing to work with each of you through AIChE and Engage!

    Now it's your turn--introduce yourselves!

    Monica Stowe
    Membership Associate and Engage Community Lead

  • 2.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-22-2016 17:59

    Hi team..!

    I'm Ravi, working with Oil and Gas industry since last 12+ years (major with upstream business).

    I'm also working on my research in "Process Safety and Big Data".

    Please feel free to get in touch and explore common interests..



  • 3.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 05-29-2019 17:12
    Hi Ravi,



    Veronique Kayem SeniorEng
    Director/Senior Process Engineer
    Verata Solutions LTD

  • 4.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-22-2016 22:15

    Hi Everyone,

    It feels great to be part of this great community. Plz feel free to contact me except ads and flyers.

    Many thx


    Yang Yang chemical engineering
    PhD student

  • 5.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-23-2016 07:31


    My name is Rob Walker.  I am Process Safety Engineer at Honeywell that specializes in Relief System Design and PSM Top Risk Management.  I have 27 years of process and operations experience, so I look forward to interacting with this group.

    Rob Walker 

    Robert Walker
    Senior Engineering Program Manager
    Colonial Heights VA

  • 6.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 05-29-2019 17:08
    Hi Rob,

    Welcome, I am Veronique and also new to the AIChE.
    Hope we can discuss relief valve sizing sometime.

    Veronique Kayem

    Veronique Kayem SeniorEng
    Director/Senior Process Engineer
    Verata Solutions LTD

  • 7.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-23-2016 08:14

    I'm Joe Barry, currently unemployed. Past: 10 years Met Coke, 16 years E&C, 10 years Alumina refining.  Just listening for now.  Find me on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/barryjm57

    Joseph Barry PE
    Pittsburgh PA

  • 8.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-23-2016 08:14

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm Anthony Fregosi, member of AIChE since 1987. I am currently a member of the New Orleans and Virtual Local Sections. I am currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Career and Education Operating Council (CEOC) and a Fellow of AIChE.

    I have worked for only two companies since graduation from the University of Florida in 1987. Occidental Chemical in White Springs, Florida and Cornerstone Chemical Company in Westwego (just outside New Orleans), Louisiana. However Cornerstone was previously named American Cyanamid and then Cytec Industries before being called Cornerstone Chemical Company.

    Over the years I have worked as a Process/Production Engineer, Process Safety and Environmental Compliance Coordinator and currently as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer (IT Department).

    Anthony Fregosi, FAIChE
    Mfg. Systems Engineer
    Cornerstone Chemical Co.
    Westwego, LA

  • 9.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-23-2016 09:30

    Good morning everyone,

    My name is Patrick Muldowney and I am a PSM Engineer with AkzoNobel, coordinating the PSM program for the Morris, IL, site.  This facility renders animal fats and vegetable oils into industrial soaps and solvents for a variety of industries.  I have been in this position since August, 2015.  Prior to my role as a PSM Engineer, I was a Process Engineer with Fairmount Santrol, in their Self-Suspended Proppant division.  Immediately prior to that, I spent 3.5 years as a Gas Process Engineer for TransCanada.  I have 5 years' chemical engineering experience overall, having earned my BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2010.

    Thank you, and I look forward to interacting with all of you as part of this group!

    Patrick Muldowney EIT
    PSM Engineer
    Downers Grove IL

  • 10.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-23-2016 09:35

    Hello to all,

    I'm John Paulk, Chem E from Tennessee. I have my MS in ChE from Clemson University and currently work in the Columbia, SC area. I've worked as a Process Engineer in polyester fiber manufacturing, fermentation products manufacturing, and organic reaction products manufacturing. I currently work as a Plant Engineer in a small organic products manufacturing plant. Plant Engineering is my major area of interest. I am looking for recommendations, guidance and advice centered around small plant operations with minimal automation. I look forward to "engaging" in topic discussions and plan on initiating my own.


    John M Paulk, MS ChE

    Plant Engineer

    Lindau Chemicals, Inc.


    John Paulk MS
    Plant Engineer
    Lindau Chemicals
    Columbia SC

  • 11.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-23-2016 15:22

    My name is John Cole, B.S./M.S. Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, PE since 2009. After a very brief stint doing validation work, I've spent all but two years since getting my master's working in chemical demilitarization (i.e., disposing of chemical weapons) at two different sites in the U.S. My primary work has been in process engineering, relief devices, equipment design/procurement, and construction support. 

    John Cole, PE
    Senior Process Engineer
    Parsons Corporation
    Richmond, KY

  • 12.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-24-2016 08:23

    Good morning everyone or (Всем Доброе утро here in Kazakhstan)

    I'm Marc Clithero and I graduated from Loughborough University in 1995 and entered the world of Engineering Contracting. I have worked in the Oil and Gas / Petrochemical fields all my working life so far and as is typical have spent my fair share abroad working in the Middle East and parts of Europe. I have risen through the ranks holding positions such as Senior, Principal and Lead Process Engineer. Some of this time was spent as an independent engineer (from which i gained a lot of experience) I now find myself as Chief Process Engineer for an Engineering Contracting company in Kazakhstan. I haven't really specialised in any particular field or technology, more of a generalist in Oil refineries, Offshore facilities and onshore Hydrocarbon and petrochemical facilities. 

    Thanks (Спасибо)

    Marc Clithero CEng
    Chief Process Engineer

  • 13.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-24-2016 10:02

    I'm Elizabeth Sendich, and I'm an analyst with EIA’s Macroeconomic Analysis Team, even though I'm a ChE not an economist. I help maintain our long-term industrial forecasts, globally and domestically, and I work to enhance public understanding of important issues related to industrial sector operators, such as those that produce chemicals. Before working at EIA, I studied chemical engineering at Michigan State University, BS 2004 and PhD 2008, which included working in the DOE funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Laboratory.  My dissertation covered my model to simulate biorefineries integrated with realistic agricultural landscapes as providers of feedstocks and other goods simultaneously. During this work I gained significant experience in LCA, these were the principle on which the model was founded. In my personal time, I love wild animals, particularly my husband and daughter, games, puzzles, and cooking.

    Elizabeth Sendich
    Industrial Sector Analyst
    U.S. Energy Information Administration

  • 14.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-24-2016 12:31

    I'm Mike Robertson, BSChE from Univ. of TN (Knoxville). I also have 60 hours toward an MBA from Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) .  I am a Process Safety Engineer at Huber Engineered Woods specializing in implementing Process Safety Management. (PSM) using existing management systems.  I support all our plants which are in the USA mostly in the Southern and Eastern portions.  Huber Engineered Woods is a premiere Oriented Strand Board (OSB) producer making floor, wall and roof board for residential and commercial buildings.  Huber Engineered Woods along with CP Kelco (Foods) and Huber Engineered Materials (Chemicals) make up the JM Huber Corporation, a family owned business headquartered in NJ with business HQ's in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.

    I am a qualified Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) Leader and have led PHA's since 1992.  I have 26 years of project, process and process safety experience, so I look forward to interacting with this group.  I have been an AIChE member since college, and I appreciate the conferences, materials and benefits I enjoy as an AIChE member.  I enjoy mentoring, instructing and assisting in career transitions.  I am glad AIChE has taken this step with the Discussions and the AIChE community.  If you are a PSM professional or looking to be one, attend the 2016 Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, TX from April 10 - 13.


    Michael Robertson
    Corp. Process Safety Engineer
    Huber Engineered Woods
    Commerce, GA

  • 15.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-24-2016 14:05

    Nice to virtually meet you all. This communication network is a great new asset for AIChE members. Congratulations to all who made it happen!

    I spent most of my career in industry involved in process technology development. After 30+ years, I retired and went back to school, finishing a Masters in Geographic Information Systems. So I guess that makes me a chemical engineering geographer, or maybe a geographical chemical engineer? I have started a new adventure in independent consulting, while remaining very active in volunteer international service work through Engineers Without Borders. And continue working with AIChE on the Fellows Council, Foundation Board of Trustees and the new Global Societal Initiatives Committee.

    Looking forward to chatting with you all here.

    John Cirucci
    Spatial Analytics
    Lehigh Valley PA

  • 16.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-24-2016 15:57

    Hi folks, I have been on tour of duty for 30 years in process and process safety. I have worked on 86 projects and in 15 countries. I have had awards recognitions at elite high schools, university and a couple of major operators and EPC companies in process innovation and process safety. Unfortunately, I have not worked in US as yet but this might come in near future when the shale gas picks up ! It was only a gesture, with shale gas, there will be hardly any future for oil.

    Farshad Salimi PhDMgmt,MScChemEn,MAFinance,CEng
    Chief Process, Process Safety and Project Manager
    Reprocess Solutions

  • 17.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 11-07-2018 19:39
    Edited by Daniel Di Pollina 11-07-2018 19:42

  • 18.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-25-2016 09:21

    Hello, I am Alan Cannon (I use my middle name), and I have been a member of AIChE since 1967. After 4 years of US Navy and 2 years in manufacturing, I began working as a Process Engineer in the Engineering and Construction industry. 44 years later (8/28/2015) I retired after working for 8 E&C company's with only 4 job changes (several buyout's involved).

    I loved the variety of industries and projects found in the E&C field. The projects were in the textile, agrichemical, refinery, petrochemical, plastics, pulp & paper, phosphate, chloralkali, optical fiber, and several other industries. Over the years I became a licensed Professional Engineer in 8 states, and I highly recommend others also become licensed. My favorite areas of work were in process simulation, distillation, and heat exchanger design, as well as developing Excel spreadsheet and Access database applications related to my process design work. The projects I worked on ranged from feasibility studies all the way through detailed design and startup assistance on-site. Several also included conceptual process development.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my work; it wasn't a job, it was a profession. I liked the work so much I continued working well past the time I could have retired even though financially able to retire earlier. When I did retire last August (age 71) it was primarily because I wanted to retire early enough to also enjoy my retirement.

    Alan Cannon PE, FAIChE
    Maylene AL

  • 19.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-25-2016 16:01


      My name is Sam Davis.  I graduated in 94' with a BS ChE and 95' MS MetE.  I obtained my PE in ChE in 2001 while working at TIMET (Titanium Metals Corp.) in Henderson, NV, as a Process Engineer.  I went on to hold positions as Sr. Process Safety, Sr. Process Engineer, and Sr. Development Engineer for 3 different companies in the metals, materials, and mining segments.  This year I became a senior member of AIChE.  I have a lot of fond memories with AIChE and am grateful for all the educational activities, networking and friendships made (to name a few). 

      For about the past 5 years I have been running my own engineering business.  One of the best things is to be able to work on a variety of really interesting projects on topics like biofuel from algae, carbon sequestration, 3D prototypes and renewable energy storage.


    Samuel Davis PE
    Las Vegas NV
    1(702) 589-0338

  • 20.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-26-2016 10:32

    Hi!  I've been in AIChE since late 1950s (San Francisco local section.) 'Had lots of variety and still love what I do. Currently avoiding retirement.

    Bill Hauserman, PE
    Hauserman Associates, Inc.
    Shoreview, MN

  • 21.  Introduce Yourself

    Posted 03-28-2016 09:50

    The best way for us to introduce ourselves is via the profile each of us has on the AIChE web site.  I suggest that we all review what the web site has and make any changes needed.  That way anybody interested in knowing the background of any contributor can easily find it.

    Neil Yeoman PE
    Merrick NY

  • 22.  RE: Introduce Yourself

    Posted 03-29-2016 09:54

    Yes, I am fully in agreement with this suggestion . The system is already getting overloaded and important issues may get overlooked.


    Tarun Biswas
    Odessa FL

  • 23.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-28-2016 11:48

    Hello everyone,

    I just graduated with my Chemical Engineering degree in May 2015 from Colorado School of Mines, I have currently moved to the Houston area in order to further increase my opportunities to enter the Oil and Gas Industry in this tough market. As a Hardworking Engineer with strong work ethic that is motivated to learn from Senior Engineers that are/have worked in the industry, I am very excited to be part of AIChE pack full of successful Chemical Engineers. I look forward to branch my network through here, meet and learn from each unique story/advice from everyone involved in here.

    Thank you for taking your time to read this, looking forward for what is in store for the future.

    Daniel Gamarra Acosta Engineer-in-Training
    Houston TX

  • 24.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-28-2016 19:53

    Hello. My name is Michael Mackaplow.  I am a PhD Chemical Engineer (Stanford 1995) with 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry: 18 years developing, scaling up, and transferring the manufacturing processes for tablets and capsules, and 2 years in medical devices.  I have a penchant for bringing modeling, theory, and quantitative analysis into my work. But, have also learned to the regulatory aspects and how to manager multi-department / multi-company projects.

    Michael Mackaplow
    Principal Research Scientist
    Chicago IL

  • 25.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-29-2016 10:32

    hi everyone . im doing my chemical engineering . 2nd year..

    Bharath S

  • 26.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-29-2016 22:01

    Hey Everybody!

    My name is Andrew Dauer and I'm a Chemical Engineering B.S. graduate from the Colorado School of Mines (May 2014). 

    I'm currently located in Boulder, Colorado working as an R&D Technician for Molecular Products Inc.  My work focuses on new product development and process design for applied carbon catalysts.  I have a propensity to utilize predictive models in my work, and apply them to develop heuristics for scaling processes from the lab up to industrial scale.  I'm also an active member of Engineers Without Borders and the American Chemical Society. 

    I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

    Andrew Dauer
    EIT Engineer in Training
    R&D Technician
    Molecular Products Inc.
    Boulder, CO

  • 27.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-30-2016 07:39


    My name is Art Sinclair.   Graduated with BS in CHE in 1980 from NC State University and have a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.  For the last 15 years I have worked for a small Engineering firm in Chester Virginia.  Hold PEs in several states.  It's great to have this forum to listen in and to ask questions.

    Art Sinclair, P.E.
    Principal Engineer
    Industrial TurnAround Corp. (ITAC)
    Chester, Virginia

  • 28.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-30-2016 07:39

    Hi there! My name is Lindsay McDowall. I am a May 2015 graduate of West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry and a focus in professional writing and editing. I was the Vice President of my collegiate chapter for 1.5 years, as well as active on campus through other organizations. I currently work as a process engineer at the largest activated carbon manufacturing plant in the world. My professional interests include sustainability, space travel, and renewable energies. My other interests include running, painting/drawing, playing a variety of instruments, and reading. I'm excited to explore the various ways to connect with people through AIChE!

    Lindsay McDowall
    Process Engineer II
    Calgon Carbon Corporation
    Ashland, KY

  • 29.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-30-2016 09:53


    I'm a Process Engineer working for Shell in Ireland supporting natural gas production from the Corrib Field. I've also worked in R&D in Amsterdam supporting Shell's chemical businesses. Currently, I'm Chairman of the Members Group of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in Ireland and have made contact with chemical engineers who hold a similar role in Engineers Ireland, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering. I've been a Chartered Chemical Engineer with IChemE since 2010. There is strong enthusiasm here to strengthen our virtual community across the boundaries of our professional bodies. I have always been impressed by the quality of AIChE publications and have decided today that I'd like to be a member.

    I look forward to AIChE Engage!

    Warm regards,

    James McBrien CEng
    Process Engineer
    Shell International BV

  • 30.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 03-30-2016 10:12

    Hi, I just finished my PhD in Chemical Engineering at the Univ of Nevada, Reno in August 2015. I will begin a tenure-track position as an Asst Prof at Louisiana Tech. Any advice for new Asst Prof would be greatly appreciated, Joan

    Joan Lynam PhD
    Biomass Researcher
    Reno NV

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