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DanBrownpicDan Brown is a capital project manager for bulk pharmaceutical manufacturing with Pfizer. His long career in the chemical industry includes working for Eli Lilly and Company for over 25 years. He worked 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.

vicVic 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.

Fred GregoryFrederick 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.


RachelleHoward new biopageRachelle Howard is a Senior Process Control Engineer for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boston.  She has worked on advancing the automation of Pharmaceutical Continuous Manufacturing since 2014. She has led projects in continuous system improvements, implementation of a data historian and major system upgrades, including all aspects from process troubleshooting, solution design, change control procedures, implementation and validation. Her work incorporates knowledge of SCADA, PLC, Data Management and PAT Management systems.

Prior to Vertex, Rachelle worked at Sanofi Genzyme for five years on biologics manufacturing in process and automation roles implementing process and system improvements working on the DeltaV DCS system. During graduate school, she also worked in a cogeneration power plant and supported work with Control Station, a loop tuning and process performance monitoring software company.
Rachelle has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. She was named to the 2018 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing— a Putman Media (Chemical Processing's parent company) program that shines a light on the importance of careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Juli OBrien 4978Julie 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.

O'Brien 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.

Roys Mug w Blk Ck Shirt 2017Roy 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 production 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 book, “Chemical Process Safety: Learning from Case Histories,” remains so popular there was a fourth edition published in 2015..

Sanders is a regular lecturer on process safety topics, and has given talks throughout the U.S. as well as Bahrain Canada, India, the Netherlands, Poland, and Taiwan. He was a frequent contributor of papers to the AIChE Loss Prevention Symposia and to the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Symposia. He assists the Lake Area Industries – McNeese Engineering Partnership in presenting process safety programs to local industry. He received the “2011 Harry T. West Memorial Service Award” from the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.  He also received the “2013 Safety Leadership Award” presented by the Southwest Louisiana Construction Users Council for “Exemplary Leadership in the area of Safety & Health for Southwest Louisiana Contractors.” He is a registered professional chemical engineer and environmental engineer in Louisiana. Roy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

ellenEllen 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.


vickeryDavid Vickery is a Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Fellow of The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich.  He has 30 years of experience in the development and use of process simulation tools for chemical process design and simulation. At Dow, Vickery leads the process development, modeling and optimization expertise area within Dow’s process engineering group. In that role, Vickery is responsible for managing the software tools that Dow uses for process simulation and physical property modeling. Additionally, he leads a team of individuals who provide process modeling technology and support for that technology. Vickery also supports leadership development programs within Dow’s operations learning and talent development organization.

Prior to joining Dow, Vickery has been a process simulation developer at ChemShare Corporation and Aspen Technology, Inc. He also served as a lead project engineer for Real-Time Optimization projects with Dynamic Matrix Control Corporation prior to its acquisition by Aspen Technology.  Vickery received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clarkson University of Potsdam, New York.

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