The editors of Chemical Processing meet with members of the editorial board four times a year to discuss best practices, key trends, developments and successful applications. We've published many articles based on the board's recommendations including:
- Process Safety: Walk the Line
- Achieve Better Safety Training
- Vacuum Shelf Dryer Provides More Uniform Cakes
- Effectively Share Insights from Incidents
- Worker Safety: Stimulate a Sense of Vulnerability
- Contractors Get More Scrutiny
- Plant Security Is Now Up in the Air
- Use Elegant Design to Bolster Inherent Safety
- Sustainability Efforts Measure Up
- Key Steps Spur More-Effective Root Cause Analyses
- Aim for Operational Excellence
- Get to the Root of Accidents
- Dust: Hidden Hazard Lurks
- Consider Robust Inferential Sensors
- Reactive Distillation: Will a Sea Change Occur?
Dan Brown has worked for Eli Lilly and Company for over 25 years. He currently works for Elanco Global Engineering supporting manufacturing of Animal Health and Vaccine products. Before joining the animal health division of Eli Lilly, he was involved with production of bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for human health products.
The last few years he has worked primarily with the scale-up and expansion of insulin manufacturing in Indianapolis. Prior to supporting large molecule processes, he was lead process engineer for the technology transfer of small molecule processes to a site in Puerto Rico. He has several years of small molecule scale up of over 15 commercial API processes. He also has years of experience in instrumentation, PLC programming, process safety, air emission modeling, capital project delivery, commissioning and qualification. His first assignment was fermentation of both human and animal health processes. He has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana and a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Vic Edwards is a process safety consultant based in Houston. Previously he had served as director of process safety for IHI Engineering and Construction International, where he was responsible for health, safety and environment on a number of major projects, as large as $3 billion. Prior to that Vic was process director for Aker Kvaerner, Houston. At that firm, he led the process engineering, environmental engineering and process safety management as a DuPont engineering alliance contractor, as well as process safety and fire protection for the process department. During his time at that company and its predecessors, he contributed to more than 100 DuPont projects. During that period, he received three awards from DuPont for safety and environmental excellence in engineering design and two more DuPont awards for safety and environmental excellence. In 1998, Kvaerner named Edwards Employee of the Year.
Edwards chaired the AIChE 9th Global Congress on Process Safety in 2013, the first Process Plant Safety Symposium in 1992 and the Second International Plant Operations and Design Conference in 1997. He also has served on technical advisory committees for the American Petroleum Institute, DuPont Engineering, Prairie View A & M University, Rice University, and Texas A & M University. He has received service awards from Prairie View and Texas A & M Universities. Vic has published more than 60 technical papers, several book chapters, and edits Section 10 of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook.
Edwards received a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering from Rice University and a Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley. A registered professional engineer in Texas, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the National Fire Protection Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Tim Frank is a Dow Fellow and Associate R&D Director within the Engineering & Process Science Laboratory of The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich. He has 30 years of R&D experience at Dow developing process separations, bio-separations and environmental protection technology for commercial implementation at the company’s manufacturing facilities or as commercial technology offerings for Dow customers.
At Dow, he leads the commercial development and implementation of separation technologies involving distillation, extraction, crystallization and adsorption, as well as development of various reactive separations. His work includes rapid conceptualization and screening of separation process options, modeling/correlation of physical property data, generation of process design data with mini-plant experiments, modeling of unit operation performance, and R&D project management. His expertise includes solvent selection methods, reaction kinetics (trace reactions and combined reaction/separation), thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics/mixing — as they relate to chemical separations.