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
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.
An interest in instrumentation and process control resulted in his co-development of Lilly’s control theory course and a lead role in the design of control systems for some of Lilly’s largest bulk manufacturing plants. He has served on the National Electrical Code Panel representing the Chemical Manufacturer’s Association on code changes pertaining to instrumentation wiring.
In biotech manufacturing, he has applied the fundamentals of chemical engineering, modeling, and simulation to solve complex problems, optimize unit operations, eliminate bottlenecks, reduce variability, and increase process safety. Throughout his career, Ben has taken an interest in mentoring other engineers and developing peer discussion groups and other means of sharing experience. His engineering background includes knowledge of the design and optimization of most unit operations with expertise in distillation, two-phase flow, membrane processing, chromatography, corrosion, heat transfer, process modeling, measurement uncertainty, and process control.
He has authored numerous technical papers both for internal and external publication, and is a member of the North American Membrane Society. He was a recipient of Eli Lilly’s 1996 Engineering Excellence Award. A licensed professional engineer in the State of Indiana, he received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.
Roy Sanders is a process safety consultant and lecturer based in Lake Charles, La. He currently is a part-time research associate at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University. He retired in 2008 from PPG Industries in Lake Charles, Louisiana, after working there for 42 years. His last position at the firm was as compliance team leader for the chlor/alkali roduction facilities. He has specialized in process safety since 1974, and was superintendent of loss prevention at PPG from 1982 to 1998. He joined PPG after graduating from Louisiana State University, in 1965, with a BS in chemical engineering.
He has been the principal author of about two dozen practical articles on chemical process safety that offer a within-the-fence look at that activity from an operations, maintenance and engineering standpoint. His third book, “Chemical Process Safety: Learning from Case Histories,” remains popular source of insights about what has led to accidents.
Roy is a regular lecturer on process safety topics, and has given talks throughout North America and in Holland, Taiwan, India and Bahrain. He also is a frequent contributor of papers to the AIChE Loss Prevention Symposia and to the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Symposia. He has assisted the Lake Area Industries – McNeese Engineering Partnership in presenting process safety programs to local industry. He is a registered professional chemical engineer and environmental engineer in Louisiana. Roy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Ellen Turner has worked for Eastman Chemical Co. for nearly 20 years. She currently is specialty plastics for medical devices market development representative in Kingsport, Tenn., a role in which works on a team to expand the market for the company’s copolyester resins.
Previously, she served for more than six years as application development and technical service representative for a weather-resistant wood in Kingsport. Before that, she was a chemicals manufacturing principal chemical engineer in Kingsport, and a organic chemical intermediates senior chemical engineer in Batesville, Ark. She also worked for one year for International Specialty Products in Calvert City, Ky., as an acetylenics area engineer.
She has an MBA from the University of Tennessee and a BS in chemical engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
Jonathan (Jon) H. Worstell retired from Shell Global Solutions during Spring 2010. At Shell Global Solutions, Jon provided manufacturing technical support globally for the Shell Higher Olefins Process and led a Toll Manufacturing group that commercialized several processes at various contract manufacturing sites.
Prior to working at Shell Global Solutions, Jon worked for Conoco and DuPont, where he provided manufacturing support for polyethylene plants. Since retiring from Shell Global Solutions, Jon has been consulting internationally. He is also a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Houston where he teaches the Senior “Practices” course. He has written numerous articles, covering topics ranging from technology transfer to maintaining the purity of inert gases.
He received a BS in physics and history from Northwestern University, an MS in chemistry from Ball State University, and a PhD in applied chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.
Sheila Yang is a principal engineer for Genentech, So. San Francisco, Calif. She leads a global multi-disciplinary team in initiating and executing capital projects around the world. Previously, she was a principal process engineer for Bayer Technology Service, Berkeley, Calif.
Prior to that, she worked as a process engineer for Fluor Corp., So. San Francisco, and Jacobs Engineering, Cincinnati. She joined Jacobs in1996 after working for several years as a process engineer in Canada.
Sheila received an MS in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.