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.
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.
Julie O’Brien is director of Sustainability at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, Pa. She has nearly 30 years of experience at Air Products, serving in a variety of functions including sustainability, environmental, health and safety management, product safety, public relations, and process engineering.
At Air Products, she is responsible for integrating sustainability into company businesses and work processes by working closely with Air Products’ Sustainability Leadership Council and senior managers to develop and achieve the company’s sustainability strategy.
Julie has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University. She is engaged in numerous external organizations that are focused on improving operational efficiency and sustainability.
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.
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.