The editors of Chemical Processing meet with members of the editorial board six times a year to discuss best practices, key trends, developments and successful applications. This year alone we've published many articles based on the board's recommendations including:
- 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?
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.
Currently, Tim is serving a dual role as manager of the 20-member Separations Group within Dow’s Engineering & Process Science Laboratory and as a Dow Fellow responsible for planning and oversight of research programs in chemical separations. Responsibilities include safe operation of laboratory and pilot-plant facilities. Tim has a B.S. in chemical dngineering from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado.
Frederick Gregory has worked for Lubrizol, Deer Park, Texas, since 2001. He currently is Process Safety & Risk Manager for Lubrizol in Deer Park, Texas. Previously, he was senior principal engineer for five years for a Lubrizol project in China — he was involved from conceptual design through startup and spent considerable time in China. Prior to that, he was a principal engineer supporting detergent operations at Deer Park and Bayport, Texas.
Before joining Lubrizol, he worked for twelve years for Ethyl Corp., first in Orangeburg, S.C., as a senior process engineer, then in Sauget, Ill., as process technology manager, and finally in Pasadena, Texas, as technical services manager for a lubricant additives facility and as a senior specialist. Prior to that, he spent nearly five years at Hercules, Brunswick, Ga., as a process engineer. He has a BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Benjamin Paterson has worked for Eli Lilly and Company for 35 years. He currently holds the position of senior engineering advisor in Indianapolis API Operations. He has filled numerous roles within Lilly in process development, process automation and control, facility design and construction, manufacturing operations and engineering supervision. He has scaled up both batch and continuous pharmaceutical processes from laboratory to pilot plant and into manufacturing.