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Experienced and versatile professional engineer with strong systems planning, people, and management skills in government and commercial industries with the ability to:
• Direct planning and programs for liquid and gas processing systems
• Manage programs and people
• Anticipate and project for organizational budget and schedule priority changes
• Develop and analyze cost-benefit alternatives, trade-off studies.
• Prepare project cost, schedule and variance reports along with tracking key action items
• Presentation of project proposals and progress reporting
• Held DOE Q-level security clearance
EXPERIENCED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS
• Project management including cost estimating, project scheduling and cost control.
• Engineering design, fabrication and construction activities for government (DOE and DOD) and commercial projects including oversight of procurement, bid evaluation and contract management.
• Time and motion studies, methods improvement, production efficiency.
• Computer software tools such as MicroSoft Office, project schedule and cost management, and engineering analysis
• Government regulations and permitting
• Development and application of codes and standards
• Quality assurance programs meeting ANSI/ASME NQA-1 and the DOE ISMS process
Administrative - Supervised personnel and participated in performance reviews and career development.
Problem Solving - Designed numerous systems for liquid and gas processing. In conjunction, evaluated and resolved complex issues impacting system design, construction and operations. Issues involved regulatory and permitting, cost and schedule impacts, production and operation efficiency, safety and quality.
Management – Managed teams of engineers, technicians, and construction crafts. Oversaw contracts at several universities involving engineering analysis, studies and testing activities. Many of these projects were funded by DOE and DOD.
Organizational – Interfaced and prepared division of responsibility guidelines among various discipline teams to achieve a common goal. Led personnel in training sessions to coordinate efforts and develop team work.
Cost Awareness – Performed time studies to develop incentive plans, workload evaluation and material flow in fabrication operations. Followed production performance and evaluated alternate procedures and work methods.
Cost and Schedule – Analyzed work activities along sequence, duration and man-loading of project tasks. Use earned value management systems (EVMS) to evaluate project work performance and cost variances.
Cost Estimating – Prepared and led teams to develop project cost estimates for construction of several large projects from conceptual through preliminary and detailed design and construction phases.
Creative – Developed alternative plans for achieving project objectives that involved work-arounds to issues impeding design and construction.
Williams Company, Pittsburgh, PA (2014 – 2016)
Staff Engineer responsible project engineering at several midstream gas processing stations and for developing standard methods and design for modular equipment deployed at natural gas facilities serving midstream gathering and processing.
URS Corporation, Global Management & Operations Service Group, Aiken, SC (2008 – 2013)
Consulting Engineer assigned to various nuclear processing facilities including Pit Disassembly and Conversation Project (Savannah River), Tank Farm Operations (Hanford), Liquid and Gaseous Waste Operations (ORNL), BWCS’s DUF6 Plant (Piketon), Uranium Processing Facility (Y-12).
Washington Group International, Richland, WA (2002 – 2008)
Engineering Manager and Principal Engineer on the River Protection Project-Waste Treatment Plant at DOE’s Hanford Site led the design and fabrication of components to vitrify radioactive waste, managed seismic qualification of pressure vessels and mechanical systems components and conceived the idea and was instrumental in the development of a strategy that included interaction, and resulted in a multi-million dollar contract, between two different business units of Washington Group’s E&E Operations that designed and fabricated an engineering scale system under a fast track schedule to demonstrate the capabilities of a leaching and ultra-filtration process for the RPP-WTP pretreatment system.
Geo-Centers, Incorporated, Engineering Technology Operations, Pittsburgh, PA (1996 – 2002)
Senior Engineer responsible for the design and manufacture of liquid waste processing systems for US Navy shipboard using membrane separation technology and thermal destruction techniques.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Machinery Technology Division, Pittsburgh, PA (1994 – 1996)
Principal Engineer for US Navy auxiliary systems including liquid waste processing, nitrogen systems, and fire protection equipment.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation Scientific Ecology Group, Pittsburgh, PA (1988 - 1994)
Principal Engineer responsible for design of system and their components for treatment, transportation, storage and containment of radioactive and hazardous wastes. Projects included Japanese Nuclear Fuel Services high-level radioactive waste vitrification process, containerized system to incinerate radioactively-contaminated hydraulic fluids for the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria, SEG radioactive waste processing operations in Oak Ridge, TN.
West Valley Nuclear Services, West Valley, NY (1984 – 1988)
Senior Engineer leading the design and construction of systems and components used in vitrifying high-level nuclear waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) and directing the technical program at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory supporting WVDP.
Dravo Engineers, Incorporated, Pittsburgh, PA (1981 – 1984)
Senior Engineer responsible for the design of pressure vessels, tanks, reactors, heat exchangers, and agitators for use in a chlorine and ethylenedichloride plant in Saudi Arabia. Most of the components were designed to accommodate modular construction techniques and to withstand typhoon conditions that could occur during shipment via dock express ships from Japan to Saudi Arabia.
National Annealing Box Company, Washington, PA (1979 – 1981)
Project Engineer responsible for the design and manufacturing of custom fabricated components meeting the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (Sections III and VIII) for commercial and military applications. Applications included components for the coal, oil, gas, steel making and nuclear industries.
Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, Mountaintop, PA (1978 – 1979)
Methods and Tooling Engineer responsible for developing methods and tooling for the manufacture of equipment for the power generation industry.
Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Johnstown, PA (1970– 1978)
Industrial Engineer that performed time and motion studies, developed incentive plans, monitored production, analyzed manufacturing methods and costs, and prepared justifications of capital expenditures for steel mill operations.
B.S., 1977, University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Engineering
B.S., 1974. University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics
Registered Professional Engineer:
Pennsylvania, No. PE 033249 E, 1983
Washington, No. 41231, 2004
Member of ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member of the ASME AG-1 CONAGT (since 2004) and past-Chairman of the sub-committee responsible for the development of codes and standards for components for gas process treatment systems. Also member of the sub-committees for Technology and Ventilation Air Conditioning Equipment.
Served on Board of Directors for International Society of Nuclear Air Treatment Technologies (ISNATT) which sponsors the bi-annual Nuclear Air Cleaning Conferences.
United States Patent 5,288,435, Treatment of Radioactive Wastes, 1994
Recipient of Westinghouse Engineering Achievement Award, 1994
"Vitrification Process Equipment Design for the West Valley Demonstration Project", Topical Report DOE/NE/44139-42, 1988
"Data Collection System for Navy Incinerator Engineering Development Model", International Conference on Incineration and Thermal Treatment Technologies, 1998
“Application of Critical Flow Venturi Nozzles for the UPF Air Sampling System”, NNSA Y-12 Report WP-EP-801768-A001, 2010, Not Released for Public Distribution.
“Trade Off Study of Fire Suppression and Water Collection for PDC Project”, NNSA PDC Project Report SWR-30.01-11-002, 2011
“Soot Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Risk to HEPA Filters”, 32nd Nuclear Air cleaning Conference, ISNATT, 2012
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